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QUINTIQ Rail Planning and Optimisation

The Quintiq Rail planning, scheduling, and optimisation solution surpasses the capabilities of traditional solutions by optimally integrating all rail resources into a cohesive, flexible plan. The Quintiq solution is a fully configurable solution based on the uniform Quintiq technology core: the most sophisticated optimisation engine available today.

Solving the world’s planning puzzles

The Quintiq solution covers multiple planning horizons and coordinates all the necessary planning parameters thereby providing a 100% fit to each of our client’s planning puzzles. This results in improved employee satisfaction, flexibility and punctuality, assured safety levels, excellent operational performance, and optimised decision making for reduced costs and increased profitability.

The Quintiq solution offers exclusive capabilities that enable various rail segments to optimally plan their crew, rolling stock, resources, processes and timetables, from long term to day of execution, including:

  • Passenger rail
  • Rail freight
  • Railway infrastructure management
  • Public transport

Coping with increasing complexity on the rails

Running a railway company is an increasingly complicated business. Daily operations revolve around safety and interoperability issues, timing locomotive maintenance and cleaning, and frequent last-minute schedule changes due to delays and accidents.

All these issues must be dealt with within a rigid timeframe, with short reaction times because of escalating network utilisation and an increased number of service providers. Overcoming these operational challenges requires highly accurate and flexible planning and scheduling. Such intelligent planning makes it possible to move from stress-laden reactive planning to confident, proactive planning – turning the complexity into a competitive edge.

Quintiq software provides the solution to the passenger rail planning puzzle, enabling your planning department to optimise timetables and the utilisation of all rolling stock and crew. Quintiq gives your planners a full overview of timetabling requirements, crew and rolling stock constraints and availability, and planned maintenance activities.

You are able to handle strategic, tactical, and operational planning and disruption management throughout the organisation using one integrated platform. You define your service-delivery, employee-satisfaction and customer-satisfaction targets; Quintiq gives your planners the support and insights they need to plan according to those targets.

Create better plans faster with Quintiq

  • Incorporate employee preferences into rosters to increase employee satisfaction and retention
  • Create demand-driven timetables that balance customer satisfaction and efficiency
  • Balance assignments to reduce the number of empty trains and ensure crews end shifts at their home depots
  • Create plans that incorporate drivers’ skills, route knowledge, home base and personal preferences
  • Optimise your crew and unit diagrams in order to maximise the utilisation of personnel and rolling stock
  • Disruption management: handle real-time disturbances with confidence
  • Decision support: receive valuable data on the utilisation and current status of every resource to support accurate decision making
  • User configuration: meet the different planning needs of multiple planners with customisable interfaces
  • KPI analysis: gain insight into the effects planning has on business goals with KPI analysis
  • Scenario planning: explore the potential profitability of investing in new routes and units, as well as the impact of new regulations, changing demographics and more
  • Maintenance optimisation: optimise maintenance schedules to minimise the disruptions on your timetable

Competition, liberalisation and new environmental legislation are already presenting new challenges to rail freight operators. In addition, increasing customer demands are forcing all market players to make a bold tactical decision: whether to focus on operating fixed, highly efficient services or to become flexible, multi-modal, door-to-door operators. Both strategies involve numerous aspects that need to be considered, and many planning issues that must be handled.

These include:

  • Train planning
  • Locomotive and wagon planning
  • Yard planning
  • Crew planning
  • Ground staff planning

Rail freight planning

In order to create plans that support your business goals, planners must have an overview of all available and utilised assets, resource capabilities and constraints. This requires Quintiq rail freight planning software, which offers full end-to-end visibility and reflects the unique constraints, key performance indicators (KPIs) and characteristics of your organisation. You will benefit from more reliable plans and more efficient use of your resources when you plan and optimise your locomotives, employees and yards with Quintiq.

  • Synchronise all resources and processes throughout the planning cycle from long-term planning to execution in one integrated platform
  • Receive valuable data on the utilisation and current status of every resource to support accurate decision making
  • Align plans with your organisation’s key performance indicators for efficiency and effectiveness
  • Explore possible network configurations and business scenarios with speed and ease to make the right decisions for the future of your organisation
  • Create constraint-free plans and schedules, rely on automatic checks to ensure that no constraints are violated, know in an instant the impact of planning decisions and unexpected events
  • Optimise the utilisation of your network to satisfy multiple operators with varying schedules and needs
  • Get real-time insights and planning suggestions in order to respond effectively to disruptions

Overcome complexity in public transport planning

As a public transport provider, you must balance conflicting demands. Your passengers and local authorities expect your services to be safe, reliable and affordable. Your stakeholders demand efficiency and therefore profitability. Your employees expect you to comply with labor regulations and respect their personal needs and preferences. Several of these factors determine your ability to win and retain concessions.

Inevitable delays and disruptions add to the complexity. As do seasonally-fluctuating passenger numbers. Quintiq software enables your planning department to optimise timetables and the utilisation of all resources. You are able to handle strategic, tactical, and operational planning throughout the organisation using one integrated platform. You define your service-delivery, employee-satisfaction and customer-satisfaction targets, Quintiq gives you the support and insights you need to plan according to those targets.

  • Create demand-driven timetables that balance customer satisfaction and efficiency
  • Incorporate employee preferences to increase employee satisfaction and retention
  • Optimise the utilisation of every resource
  • Create plans that incorporate your crew’s skills, route knowledge, home base and personal preferences
  • Handle real-time disturbances with ease
  • Real-time data
  • Receive valuable data on the utilisation and current status of every resource to support accurate decision making

Infrastructure management

An infrastructure manager’s main responsibilities are possession management, capacity allocation, traffic control and all its complex challenges – workforce optimisation. New railway infrastructure does not come about overnight, and that is why we have all taken a long-term focus on the needs of future travellers in planning improvements.

Quintiq offers:

  • Integrated planning – in one system the entire range from long-term to day-of operations in a single platform
  • Excels at using data intelligently to create optimal plans and what-if scenarios
  • Looks into the future for all planning horizons
  • Short term customer allocation – customer allocation is in a continuous optimisation process

On a longer horizon Quintiq can determine optimal project maintenance planning and path allocation for customers:

  • Uses up-to-the-minute information to propose best alternative plan
  • Highlights the consequences of a change or disruption to both give planner additional time and options to react
  • Sends updated plans to planners, equipment and operators to allow for optimisation across operations including the railway companies operations

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Optimised Cost-Effective Unit Diagramming

Best practice rolling stock planning supports rail and public transport companies in minimising their costs, while making sure that the planning is robust and reliable.

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Quintiq Sets New Standard for Resource Planning in Railway Business

The train planning process consists of two interlinked types of resource planning; the first being the timetable planning in the national Dutch railways system, and the second the activities planning for locomotives and drivers, for which a new system has been implemented by Ab Ovo using the Quintiq software.

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Brochure: Discover How Your Workforce can be Fully Optimised

What does it take to increase staff productivity and happiness? Discover the secrets to smarter, happier rail workforce planning.

25 February 2016

Case study NTV: Comprehensive, accurate and flexible passenger rail planning

High-speed rail network planning solutions: find out how Quintiq's rail planning and scheduling software allows train operator NTV to provide a comprehensive, accurate and flexible service.

9 April 2015

Whitepaper: Taming passenger rail disruptions

Don't let your passenger rail operations be unsettled by factors that are beyond your control. Hear about 4 smart moves you can make to overcome rail disruptions and boost punctuality.

Management briefing: 7 tips for better train crew diagramming/pairing

Did you know even a modest improvement in crew diagramming can significantly impact your profits? Find out how with these top seven tips.

Management briefing: How effective is your workforce planning and scheduling?

Your drivers, station staff and maintenance crew keep your trains going. But is your workforce planning system effective enough to keep them going? Find out with these seven revealing questions.

Case study: SNCB Logistics improves profitability, efficiency and productivity with Quintiq

The rail freight industry had historically been losing money. To be competitive and profitable, SNCB Logistics needed to restructure itself completely. See how SNCB restructured itself by implementing a single, integrated and transparent planning system for all its resources: station staff, train drivers, locomotives and rail paths.

From Feasible to Profitable Planning

Dealing with changing objectives is all part of the job for those responsible for railway infrastructure. Managing materials, personnel and cash can be particularly difficult in an environment where situations can change rapidly.

12 December 2013

Integrated rail freight planning

Rail freight planning has changed out of all recognition in the last few years. You still have to cater to your customers' needs.

12 November 2013

Taming Passenger Rail Disruptions

Disruptions are inevitable. Significantly disrupted services aren't. Discover how you can manage disruptions swiftly and effectively and take your punctuality rates to new heights.

6 October 2013

Quintiq Sets New Standard for Resource Planning in Railway Business

The train planning process consists of two interlinked types of resource planning; the first being the timetable planning in the national Dutch railways system, and the second the activities planning for locomotives and drivers, for which a new system has been implemented by Ab Ovo using the Quintiq software.

11 September 2013

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Press Release

17 September 2015

Best practice rolling stock planning supports rail and public transport companies in minimising their costs, while making sure that the planning is robust and reliable.

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17 September 2015

Best practice crew diagramming delivers optimal cost-effectiveness and efficiency in a fraction of the time taken by conventional crew diagramming systems.

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9 April 2015

Many rail maintenance organisations are struggling to stay profitable. Bids are getting lower and possession time shorter. In turn, organisations are forced to lower their prices just to get by.

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9 April 2015

Quintiq and Sydney Trains, have together placed as a finalist for the national Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA), held on 24th November 2014.

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9 April 2015

Quintiq has announced that it has been awarded a contract to implement a software solution to assist with the planning and rostering of London Underground staff.

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9 April 2015

Eurailscout has announced plans to work with Quintiq to provide enhanced integrated resource planning for its rail inspection and analysis operations.

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9 April 2015

Eurotunnel announced that Quintiq will enhance the scheduling of their maintenance operations for the Channel Tunnel.

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28 September 2014

Discover how rail industry leaders as Network Rail and VolkerRail use planning to optimise business at the Quintiq World Tour in Birmingham, UK, on 9 October 2014.

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4 September 2014

Rail optimization company Quintiq is to host a webinar that focuses on the integrated planning in rail infrastructure projects and maintenance.

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22 July 2014

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), has announced that its solution has been chosen by Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (CFL) to improve crew and fleet planning and scheduling.

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11 February 2014

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), announced today that it is co-hosting a seminar with its customer Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori SpA (NTV).

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12 December 2013

SNCB Logistics selected Quintiq and its implementation partner, Ab Ovo to implement the Quintiq software and model the solution to the customer's demand, a collaborative project called IRON.

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21 October 2013

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimisation (SCP&O), announced today that its customer Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori S.p.A. (NTV), Italy's first private operator on the country's high-speed rail network, has been shortlisted for the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards in the Energy, Utilities & Transport category.

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17 October 2013

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), announced today that leading Finnish transport and logistics company VR Group will be deploying its software platform across its cargo and locomotive planning operations.

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8 October 2013

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimisation (SCP&O) platform, announced today that it will provide its optimisation platform to DB Schenker Rail AG, a leader in rail freight transport, to integrate its rail network across Europe. Quintiq will work with IT consultants Ab Ovo and DB Schenker Rail's in-house IT department to implement the platform, increasing profitability as well as lowering costs and wastage.

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18 April 2013

To improve the efficiency of its fast-growing intermodal business, Canadian National Railway Company (CN) (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) has acquired Quintiq's Mobility Server to improve the performance of its container pick-up and delivery operations.

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16 April 2013

Quintiq today announced that VolkerRail, a Dutch-based specialist railway infrastructure contractor, has chosen Quintiq for project and multi-resource planning across its operations.

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31 October 2012

Quintiq has announced the successful implementation of Quintiq's Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solution for Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori's (NTV) trains and workforce. The implementation will enable the optimal management, planning and ordered reporting of NTV's fleet and personnel.

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Regional Offices

Quintiq GmbH

Speditionstrasse 1

Düsseldorf

40221

Germany

+49 211 542 108 00 +49 211 542 108 99
Quintiq France

16-18, rue de Londres

75009 Paris

France

+33 1 70 81 59 70 +33 1 70 81 59 71
Quintiq GmbH

Bahnhofstrasse 100

Floor 5

8001 Zurich

Switzerland

+41 44 562 7214 +41 44 562 7000
Quintiq Ltd

Building 3, Chiswick Park

566 Chiswick High Road Chiswick

London, W4 5YA

United Kingdom

+44 20 8899 6676 +44 20 8899 6001
Quintiq Oy

Teknobulevardi 3-5

01530 Vantaa

Finland

+358 46 870 2163 +358 46 712 2162
Quintiq

1Via Tirone, 11

00146 Rome (RM)

Italy

+39 06 45 21 33 80 +39 06 45 21 33 01
Quintiq

Via Branze 45

25123 Brescia (BS)

Italy

+39 030 65 95 176
Quintiq

Waterfront Building Klarabergsviadukten 63

Stockholm

Sweden

+46 727 042200
Quintiq Inc.

Radnor Financial Center 201 King of Prussia Road Suite 500

Radnor, PA 19087

United States of America

+1 610 964 8111 +1 866 928 9438 (support) +1 610 964 8113
Quintiq Pty Ltd

Suite 23 Level 18 Central Park 152-158 St Georges Terrace

Perth WA 6000

Australia

+61 8 9288 1708 +61 8 9288 1709
Quintiq Pty Ltd

Level 5, 222 Kings Way South Melbourne

Victoria 3205

Australia

+61 9268 6900 +61 9268 6998 (support) +61 9268 6999
Quintiq Pty Ltd

Level 32 101 Miller Street North Sydney

NSW 2060

Australia

+61 2 8019 7285
Quintiq China Co., LTD

Unit A, 20 Floor 800 East Nanjing Road

Shanghai, 200001

China

+86 21 5351 3887 +86 21 5351 3891
Quintiq Sdn Bhd

Crown Penthouse, 1 First Avenue Bandar Utama

47800 Petaling Jaya

Selangor

Malaysia

+60 7494 9100 +60 7494 1102
Quintiq Korea

27th Floor, West Center 1 26 Euljiro 5-gil Jung-gu

Seoul

South Korea

+82 2 6030 8846 +82 2 6030 8800

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