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Can Rail Operators Learn from Oil and Gas?
October 4, 2017
The delicate balance between safety and productivity is an ongoing challenge for the rail industry, but it's one the oil and gas industry has begun to address. Petrotechnics' Iain Mackay explains why astute rail operators will recognise the valuable lessons that can be learned from oil and gas.
Operational Excellence in Rail Index 2017: Report
July 10, 2017
According to a survey of rail infrastructure management professionals carried out by Rail Professional and Petrotechnics, the industry believes that Operational Excellence (OE) should be the way we run our business. In a nutshell, rail infrastructure managers are looking for transformation in cost, efficiency and risk management. Despite these clear ambitions, it appears that the translation of ambition into practical...
Operational Excellence in Rail Index 2017: Infographic
July 10, 2017
According to a survey of rail infrastructure management professionals carried out by Rail Professional and Petrotechnics, the industry believes that Operational Excellence (OE) should be the way we run our business. View the infographic to see key takeaways from the survey results.
Operational Excellence in Rail Index 2017: Factsheet
July 10, 2017
According to a survey of rail infrastructure management professionals carried out by Rail Professional and Petrotechnics, the industry believes that Operational Excellence (OE) should be the way we run our business. The survey confirms an industry commitment to Operational Excellence (OE) but points to a number of challenges to delivering real world return on investment. Read the factsheet to find out...
Risk Management Throughout the Planning to Execution Cycle
June 3, 2017
For those responsible for rail infrastructure management, asset management techniques have made significant advances from simple time based maintenance to condition and risk based maintenance. However, it’s fair to say that maintenance can never be finished. There will always be an element of backlog so emphasis needs to shift to a risk based prioritisation of the outstanding work. Risk based...
On Track for Operational Excellence
April 20, 2017
How great would it be to enable everyone in your organisation to make better, safer and more informed operational decisions? It could lead to improvements across the board, from improving work efficiency to reducing costs and, importantly for a hazardous industry like rail, risk. But I’m preaching to the converted – nobody would choose to forego these benefits. The...
Improving the Balance Between Productivity and Safety
April 1, 2017
Traditionally the rail industry has managed the clear dangers of tonnes of metal hurtling down a track at 60 mph well. However as the industry evolves, trains get faster, more track carries a current, rail density increases, the proximity between rail and community shrinks and the impact of rail on the national economy rockets. The risks associated with this...
A Proscient Move – The Journey to Operational Excellence
January 26, 2017
Other industries already exploit a wide range of new technological advances, including the industrial internet of things, secure cloud computing and big data. And there’s a real opportunity for the rail industry to leverage the benefits these tools can offer. The biggest prize will be turning Operational Excellence from a theory into a practical reality...
EXCELLENCE IN RAIL OPERATIONS
September 27, 2016
The rail industry faces a challenging operating environment, with constrained budgets, more intense regulatory scrutiny, and higher public and political expectations. It’s also contending with rising passenger numbers, ambitious maintenance requirements and growing pressure for additional capacity, longer operating hours and more connections.
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