Keeping rail infrastructure fit for quality service

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What innovation is possible for rail infrastructure maintenance?

Every day, millions of passengers rely on urban rail systems to get to schools, work, shopping, health appointments and leisure. They are less and less willing to accept delays, disruptions or cancellations. Intensively used urban networks, such as Metro and LRT, are faced with increasing demands placed on the superstructure and installations: between 18-20 hour of operation 7 days a week, sometime even around the clock operation on weekends. These requirements lead to ever shorter possible track possession for maintenance activities. In addition, budget constraints pose additional challenges to urban operators worldwide. High-quality service needs high-quality maintenance to ensure safe operation and allow for high capacity.

Solving future mobility challenges requires coordinated actions from both private and public sectors. In this workshop, representatives of industry and urban operators will discuss existing and future challenges based on different case studies. New technologies and smart planning tools will help urban networks to remain competitive with other modes of transport.


Day 1, 23 April 2018

13:30  Welcome Coffee

14:00  Start of Seminar day 1

Welcome and Introduction by Laurent Dauby, Rail Director, UITP

Operators’ approach and experience to infrastructure maintenance


  • Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Pere Mateu, Director de Projectes
  • East Japan Railway Company, Taichi Yusa, Assistant Manager
  • Wiener Linien, Edgar Fischmeister, Head of Track Construction
  • Metropolitano de Tenerife, Andres Muñoz de Dios, Metro Tenerife, Managing Director
  • Metro de Mardid, Jorge Blanquer Jaraíz, Head of Infrastructure and Accessibility Area

17.00  Technical visit: FGC Maintenance workshop Rubí

20.00   Dinner

Day 2, 24 April

09:30    Welcome Coffee

10.00    Start of Seminar day 2

Manufacturers’ solution to infrastructure maintenance


  • Plasser & Theurer, Mr Eller or Mr Hansmann
  • Hanning & Kahl (to be confirmed)
  • Robel, Annita Bitterlich
  • 'Overview of UITP activities in infrastructure maintenance', Laurent Dauby, UITP, Rail Director

11.00    Round Table Discussions

  • Life cycle costs consideration for track maintenance
    Moderation: Harald Eller, Plasser Iberica, Director General
  • How could big data help changing infrastructure maintenance
    Moderation: Laurent Dauby, UITP, Rail Director

Wrap-up and Conclusions

13.00    End of Workshop and light lunch


Participation to this event is free of charge.

Register through the online form:

Practical information: 

Seminar venue:

FGC Barcelona Office
c/Dels Vergós, 44


Suggested hotels:

Carrer de París, 203
08008 Barcelona

Carrer de Mallorca, 216
08008 Barcelona

Carrer d'Enric Granados, 83
08008 Barcelona

Discounted prices at these three hotels until 25 April, depending on availability. Please contact corentin.wauters (at) for more information.


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