Network level decision support system to assess railway track maintenance needs

Daheshpour, Kasra (2018). Network level decision support system to assess railway track maintenance needs. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Maintenance management decision-support systems are needed to help senior decision-makers and asset managers to better plan timely and efficient maintenance. Within the railway industry, several maintenance management decision-support systems have been developed. However, most these operate at project level where decisions are limited to short sections of track. Network level maintenance management systems enable future prediction of the condition of the railway network under different allocation of resources in a manner to provide acceptable levels of safety, reliability and cost. This project describes the development of a theoretical framework for the strategic assessment of network level railway maintenance funding and policy decisions. The model is designed to aid railway asset managers in planning medium to long-term maintenance investment requirements for the railway network. The model is based on stochastic processes which are capable of determining the effects of traffic, maintenance and climate on network condition under any budget scenario.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation


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