Future Rail: Issue 3

17 September 2012 (Last Updated September 17th, 2012 04:00)

In this issue: The latest in sensors and satellite tracking options, South Africa’s plan to create a world class logistics rail hub, 3D modelling, and much more.

Future Rail: Issue 3

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As tracking technology improves so does the punctuality and safety regulations aboard modern trains. We look at the advanced sensors and satellite tracking options that could end commuter woes for good.

We find out about breakthrough research from experts at Salford University that promises to help drivers manage the problems that leaf-strewn railway lines can bring. We also look at South Africa's ambitious plan to invest $36bn to create a world class logistics hub and become a key crossroad for the region's emerging economies. Finally, we investigate 3D modelling and BIM software to find out how they can bring designers and contractors together to simplify complex railway station projects.

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In this issue

Better Connected
New tracking technologies can now be used to improve punctuality and safety aboard modern trains. We look at the advanced sensors and satellite tracking options that could end commuter woes.
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Always on Time
Scheduling rail freight requires highly detailed planning, all of which is liable to delays. Quintiq's senior sales executive Ruud Verstegen explains how the company's innovative planning system could help to visualise and pre-empt unforeseen events.
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Laying Tracks for South Africa's Future
South Africa's Transnet aims to revolutionise African rail with a plan to create a world class logistics hub that could become a crossroad for the region's emerging economies.
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The Third Dimension
From a design perspective, station projects are among the most complex construction projects but BIM software and 3D modelling could offer a solution. Neil Sharpe of design studio Weston Williamson explains the benefits of 3D BIM for station design.
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The Great Green Hope
The hydrail concept promises cleaner rail travel in the future thanks to a new breed of hydrogen-powered train. Rowan Watt-Pringle examines the potential for a lean, green new transport sector.
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Sticky Issue
Leaf strewn railway lines cause costs and delays, but help may soon be at hand. Salford University's breakthrough research could help drivers and operators alike to manage the problem effectively.
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Next issue preview

As more high-speed networks emerge and the need for railways as an alternative to road and air travel grows, new train designs must keep up with this need for ever higher speed and travel comfort. We profile some of the most impressive very high speed trains currently in development. We also find out why, despite the difficult economic climate, many developers are moving ahead with the new high-speed network and look at some of the most advanced projects of today.

Moreover, we explore India's enormous plan to modernise its railway network, and take a look at Diabolo, the last link to be completed in Belgium's air-rail network. We also explore a new personal rapid transport system from Vectus and Pininfarina, the firm behind some of Ferrari's most iconic designs, and look at the best new technology for rail door systems.

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