Rail Maintenance and Asset Management

Rail Maintenance and Asset Management
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Maintenance has always been a significant cost driver, the “invisible” guarantee for reliability and quality of service. Assets deteriorate over time and if you do not maintain, you will deteriorate your service, loose quality, loose customers and in the end lose your assets. From the principles of asset management and maintenance to a detailed understanding of the maintenance of various assets, and from lifecycle costs and planning to obsolescence management, this training programme will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the topic through a unique methodological approach illustrated by international best practice and on-the-ground operational experience.

Nevertheless, times are also changing in this area and technology is evolving: maintenance organisation can be shifted from preventive based on time or intervals to predictive based on real maintenance needs and real conditions of equipment. Modern smart equipment are bringing about a paradigm shift through their ability to inform precisely about assets’ technical status in real time. Condition-based maintenance can increase cost efficiency, but requires a profound reshaping of maintenance organisation and processes. Furthermore, real-time data, big data and digitalisation are improving the way maintenance can be predicted and optimised.

Hence beyond providing you with the classic, yet essential maintenance and asset management principles and best practice, this course will also give you the opportunity to discuss the implications of new technologies and the use of industry-like measures to make your workshops ever more efficient.

Reach your objectives

  • Explain the fundamentals of asset management, and apply its principles to facility and fleet maintenance planning
  • Apply life cycle planning and costing for all public transport assets
  • Develop and implement a predictive maintenance programme for facilities and fleets
  • Estimate and schedule facility and fleet maintenance programmes
  • Prepare a transit asset management plan and annual work plans
  • Develop and justify budgets and staffing plans
  • Measure and evaluate existing maintenance and asset management programmes
  • Assess the benefits and disadvantages of outsourcing and in-house maintenance
  • Integrate human capital in asset management planning
  • Manage human resources in maintenance
  • Lean about the implications of big data and digitalization for maintenance and asset management

A top level methodology

  • Get inspired by our trainers, understand the main concepts and learn from successful best practice
  • Participate in interactive plenary sessions with introductions by course leaders, presentations by trainers and open discussions with participants
  • Challenge your practical knowledge on maintenance and asset management  
  • Address the topic from an international perspective, enriched by different cultural approaches and points of views
  • Participate in workshops allowing you to apply to a concrete case the main principles and tools learned
  • Benefit from a unique exchange of knowledge and experience between professionals

UITP Training Programmes and all related processes are certified for ISO29990:2010 – the standard for learning services for non-formal education and training.

Who is it for?

  • Incumbent and new managers, supervisors, and coordinators from the following areas and departments: Maintenance, Fleet, Facilities, Operations, Planning, Finance
  • Staff from public transport operators, authorities or the industry
  • Professionals interested in obtaining a wider and international perspective on maintenance and asset management and eager to learn more from best practice worldwide
  • The course welcomes junior and senior professionals worldwide.

NB: This course is only adapted to participants demonstrating fluency in English

Inspiring trainers

Our skillful trainers are international experts and professionals with extensive experience and knowledge in rail maintenance and asset management.


Laurent Dauby, Director Rail Transport, UITP



Rail Asset Management and Maintenance Principles

Asset management principles: managing and maintaining fleet, buildings, systems, and people assets - Asset typology, management & life cycle - Role of maintenance in Operation - Maintenance principles, levels, planning and programmes (preventive, corrective, predictive) - Organisation of maintenance - From planning to execution - EAM supporting tools

Lifecycle Costs and Planning

Life cycle cost principles - Acquisition and operation costs - Energy consumption modelling - Tools for cleverer vehicle purchase - SORT tool / OSIRIS - Introduction to PAS 55 asset management model

Outsourcing & In-house Maintenance

Concepts - Pros and cons - Competence and talent diversification - Core business competence - Criteria for decision - Supplier service contracts - Business Models

Maintenance off Rail Moving Assets

Main concepts – Maintenance intervals – Maintenance activities – Computer maintenance software and logbooks – Staff and organisation - <depot and workshop design - KPIs

Maintenance of Rail Fixed assets

Track servicing, inspection and repair – Power supply – Stations – Structures – Control Command – Organisation Challenges

Spare Parts and Obsolescence Management

Spare parts dilemma – Integrated logistics support – Parts planning and inventory controls – New technologies and validation – Obsolescence

Data driven maintenance & Digitalisation

Internet of things - Condition-based (predictive) maintenance - RAMS optimisation - Cooperation supplier/operator - Real time equipment status

Hamburg Case Study and Technical Visit

Doors are one of the most trouble-sensitive train components. The causes of malfunctions are manifold. They may occur not only due to the permanent opening and closing process, but also because of car body movements and vibrations during operation, such as normal lateral swaying or when crossing switches.

To analyse a possible interdependence between door faults and transmitted undercarriage vibrations arising from out-of-roundness and flat spots of wheels the HOCHBAHN created a predictive maintenance project which will be presented both theoretically and practically on a train ride.


19% VAT excluded

Until 29/07/2019

After 29/07/2019


1210 €

1690 €

Member « developing nations »*

885 €

1235 €


1635 €

2280 €

Non-member « developing nations »*

1095 €

1540 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +)

1130 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

830 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +)

1520 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

1020 €

*Participants from developing nations benefit from a special discount. Check here the list of eligible countries.

To register a group of 4 persons of more from the same organisation, please contact us: sunita.kelecom@uitp.org - Tel: +32 2 663 66 57

Participation fees include:

  • Training instruction
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Training material: all presentations and support documents. Access to all training material via UITP's electronic library, MyLibrary (after the training)

Groups generally consist of 25 participants and are limited to about 30 in order to increase the learning experience and interaction during the programme. Places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Terms and Conditions

Please download our Terms and Conditions here.

Contact Person

Sunita Kelecom, Training Assistant, UITP Centre for Training, sunita.kelecom@uitp.org, Tel: +32-2-663 66 57

Practical information: 

Training Venue

Halle 13
Meeting Room: Mühlen-Klein-Fleet (situated on the first floor)
Hellbrookstraße 2-6
22305 Hamburg

Metro: Saarlandstraße (U3)


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation.

Heikotel Am Stadtpark  (***)
Flüggestraße 5
22303 Hamburg
Phone : +49 40 - 278 40 0

Heikotel Stadtpark Residenz  (***)
Flüggestraße 6
22303 Hamburg
Phone : +49 40 - 278 40 0

Heikotel City Nord  (***)
Lauensteinstraße 155
22307 Hamburg
Phone : +49 40 - 632 90 30

Holliday Inn Hamburg - City Nord  (****)
Kapstadtring 2a
22297 Hamburg
Phone : +49 40 999990


Laurent Dauby, Director Rail Transport, UITP



This programme is kindly hosted by Hamburger Hochbahn

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