Oct. 8, 2020


Converting the Mountain of Data Collected by Railway Systems into Effective Maintenance Planning Information with a Focus on Railway Needs and Practical Applications

Conference Director — Dr. Allan M Zarembski, dramz@udel.edu, Professor and Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program, University of Delaware
Co-Director – Nii Attoh-Okine, Professor, University of Delaware, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

This conference is organized by the University of Delaware’s Railroad Engineering and Safety Program, Big Data Center, and the College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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About the Conference

Modern railways are making increasing use of new generation inspection and operating technology to obtain more and more data on the condition of the track, equipment, and operations. This extensive amount of data, which includes data of increasing complexity as well as volume, has led to a condition known as “Big Data,” where the volume of data is such that traditional analysis techniques are no longer viable to efficiently make use of all of this large volume of data. Thus, important information is often buried in this “mountain” of data.  Since railways need to convert this data into usable information to help them plan their maintenance and capital programs, there is a need for the application of new and improved analysis techniques to make this conversion from data into information. One such area of improved data analysis is the use of “Big Data” or Data Analytics with its associated statistical analysis techniques which is the focus of this conference.

The 2020 conference is intended to expand on previous years’ conferences and introduce these new and emerging analysis techniques and to show how they can be applied to the large volume of inspection data collected by railways to improve their planning of the critical capital and maintenance programs. This year’s conference focuses on the railway’s specific needs and practical applications to date of “Big Data” analytics to include both infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance planning.

Conference Draft Agenda

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Click here to register. You will receive the access information after registering.


If you are interested in being a Conference Reception or General Sponsor please email Dr. Allan M Zarembski, Professor and Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program, University of Delaware at dramz@udel.edu.

We are very grateful to our generous conference sponsors.



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