Practical in Practice- the new Pre-& Post- Run activities make SOB’s everyday’s work easier

Pre- & Post- Run activities are inseparably linked to a train run and so they were integrated in the model since RailOpt’s initial concept. Nevertheless, the possibility for flexible planning of these activities in while considering all involved resources is still a feature unique to Qnamic’s planning & dispatching solution. With the release of RailOpt 6.9, we took this functionality a step further: with a redesigned interface and enhanced data structures, we were able to improve the user-friendliness, improve the potential for optimization & automatization and significantly reduce the potential for human error.

These new Pre- & Post- Run activies have now gone into production for the long- standing RailOpt users of the Schweizerische Südostbahn AG (SOB) and other organizations. The planners & dispatchers have now provided the initial verdict: Urs Oberholzer, head of Service & Quality in transport with SOB, emphasizes that SOB’s planners are very pleased with the new enhancement. Especially for train drivers, the even more detailed service plan was a substantial improvement: A concise table shows the process of the Pre- & Post- Rund activities in exact details. It presents the tasks at hand even more granularly and with even greater clarity than the previous implementation.

The enhancement simplifies adding or removing individual steps of the process. The dispatcher has the opportunity to adapt the process to the given situation quickly and directly at any time. All changes are adopted in the gantt- chart immediately and mobile solution immediately, making the communication between the personell more transparent. For Urs Oberholzer this means specifically that reliability has improved further and human mistakes are prevented.

Because the planning of Pre- & Post- Run activities is a very complex task on the one hand, but a common one on the other hand, we improved the function for creating templates significantly. The new data model offers completely new options for automation of tasks that previously had to be planned manually, Oberholzer says. This statement corresponds with our testing results: Testers created complex process structures three times faster, with a lower error rate compared to the previous implementation.

With release 6.9 now in production: Practice confirms what the tests promised and what our team hoped for while planning the new Pre- & Post- Run activities: the functionality reduces complexity, frees up resources and supports train drivers and dispatchers. All in all, the enhancement improves reliability and therefore the safety and robustness of rail traffic.

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TR Trans Rail AG has successfully introduced RailOpt

On 7 January 2020 we started with the first RailOpt training. Within a short time, our six-member team was introduced to the new RailOpt scheduling program, which has been replacing our old scheduling program (Disporail) step by step since 1 January 2020. Qnamic’s new solution makes our daily work easier and guarantees compliance with current regulations (BAV/AZG).

In order to be able to work with the new system on the rails as well, we started with the introduction of RailOpt WEB on 1 April 2020. This web application is the interface between personnel and planning and facilitates communication between production and engineers. Route knowledge, working time accounts, qualifications and all documents relevant to external operations are managed and controlled via the platform.

Since April 2020, the first test runs have been carried out with the DIS information system, which is integrated into the RailOpt WEB application. (program analogous to LEA SBB). All train drivers will be informed as soon as it is ready for operation and the platform contains all relevant information for the outside operation. In other words: You are up to date at a glance!

The training was a complete success thanks to the professional introduction by Qnamic. During the 10 days of training we were able to create a good basis, which can be expanded in the future via telephone support.  We are looking forward to further cooperation with Qnamic.

Monika Linder, Dispatch/Production | TR Trans Rail AG

InnoTrans postponed to April 2021

InnoTrans will take place from 27 to 30 April 2021. This was announced by Messe Berlin on request. The reason for the postponement is the decision of the Berlin Senate to ban major events until 24 October 2020.
The new date had been set in consultation with the founding associations and the most important market leaders. Messe Berlin intends to return to the original rhythm of InnoTrans with the follow-up event in September 2022.

User Group Meeting postponed

Due to the current situation “Covid-19 pandemic”, the annual User Group Meeting had to be postponed. On 3 June 2020, a virtual User Group Meeting will take place as a replacement. The physical meeting is expected to take place on 23/24 September 2020.

Ten years RailOpt at Schweizerischen Südostbahn AG

The production of passenger transport services by a railway company is a complex and long-lasting process that starts years in advance with the first idea for an offer and leads to detailed invoicing and key figures for the services provided. It is important to have an overview of the available vehicles, personnel, and services at all times. The assignments must also be planned in great detail.

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