Applying simulation techniques to train railway traction drivers


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Moloney, William J. (2018). Applying simulation techniques to train railway traction drivers. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The writer analyses the introduction of a simulator enabled approach to railway traction driver training and assesses whether the transition from a conventional training delivery process has been effective. The evaluation of effectiveness is based on a study of Iarnród Éireann’s simulator system. Evidence is contained within four supporting strands, i.e., the change in relevant operational risk that has been calculated using ex ante and ex post runs of Iarnród Éireann’s risk model, the internal rate of return on the financial investment necessary to effect the change, the results of an operator attitudinal study and the findings of an independent expert audit. The study establishes that simulation is an effective training medium.

The attributes of the system and the use cases that resulted in this finding are described. The writer also presents additional value-adding training objectives that could increase the project’s internal rate of return or IRR. The study affirms that the required verisimilitude of a simulator system is a function of the training goals and the nature of the skills under development. Design features and use strategies can mitigate for potential negative effects of simulator operation.

The findings have industry-wide relevance for those tasked with providing effective training to the 133,000 train drivers within the European Union.

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
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation


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