Agenda

DAY 1: PRESENTING CASE STUDIES ON OPTIMIZING DEPOT DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT LAYOUT

Day One will present attendees with actionable information to maximize the usage and efficiency of rail maintenance depots through optimal design and facility management to enhance day-to-day operations, minimize downtime of assets and utilize existing space

Chaired By: Remy Saintil, Director of Facilities, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

9.00 Chair's Opening Remarks

KEYNOTE: OPTIMIZING EXISTING FACILITIES

9.10 Design Criteria For Expanding Existing Rail Maintenance Facilities: Improve Workshop Efficiency & Productivity, Plan Improvements To Budget  

  • Showcasing best practices for upgrading existing rail facilities to modern standards
  • Enhancing throughput configuration: a cost-benefit analysis of existing facility rehabilitation
  • Reconfiguring maintenance equipment and track layout to preempt facility capacity issues
  • Detailing depot modeling strategies to maximize train throughput
  • Analyzing the financial break point of major rehabilitation in the facility to minimize project risk

Steven Hicks, Chief Mechanical Officer, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority

9.40 Question & Answer Session

SPACE AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR UPGRADES

CASE STUDIES ON HOW TO QUANTIFY SIZING AND EQUIPMENT METRICS FOR MAJOR DEPOT REHABS TO OPTIMIZE MAINTENANCE FACILITY EFFICIENCY AND HANDLE NEW FLEETS

CASE STUDY: FACILITIES UPGRADE PLANNING

9.50 Quantifying The Space And Equipment Needed In The Facility To Design Upgrades To Budget And Maximize Daily Inspection Efficiency

  • How to efficiently incorporate the design and power requirements for welding equipment, wheel lathes, truing machines and pumps into an upgrade design
  • Reviewing access requirements for various fleet models to inform choice of fixed or portable vehicle lifts, bogie drops or access pits within space limitations
  • Integrating space requirements into depot upgrade designs to ensure optimal queuing for inspections and vehicles coming out of service

Remy Saintil, Director of Facilities, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

10.20 Question & Answer Session

NETWORKING BREAK SPONSOR - RAILSHINE

10.30 Railway Network Electrification Programmes: What Changes For The Depots?

  • Implementing Retractable OCS to improve maintenance operations
  • Using Retractable OCS to optimize production / logistics time
  • Using RAILSHINE Train Feeding Solutions to accomodate both diesel and electric power cars on the same track of a depot

Samuel Dulheuer, Managing Director, Railshine

10.40 Question & Answer Session

10.45 Morning Refreshments In Exhibition Showcase Area

CASE STUDY: FACILITY UPGRADES FOR LIGHT RAIL

11.15 Sizing And Planning Facility Upgrades To Accommodate Light Rail Rolling Stock

  • Discussing light rail vehicle maintenance requirements and jacking points to inform design for efficient access
  • Quantifying the criteria for sizing maintenance facility expansions to handle various light rail vehicle types
  • Assessing optimal equipment allocation to minimize the challenge of working on high versus low floor vehicles

Patrick Albright, Fmr Chief of Light Rail And Vehicle Engineering, Maryland Transit Administration

11.45 Question & Answer Session

TOOLING & EQUIPMENT SELECTION AND PLACEMENT

ASSESSING OPTIMAL PLACEMENT AND SELECTION OF TOOLS, CRANES, HOISTS, ACCESS PITS AND PLATFORMS TO ENHANCE EQUIPMENT LIFE CYCLE AND MAINTENANCE WORKFLOW

CRANES AND HOISTS

11.55 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Evaluating The Economics Of Replacement Vs. Overhaul Vs. Redundancy Installation

  • Crane redundancy: analyzing the payback of investment in a second crane to prevent interruption to maintenance activities
  • Preventative maintenance: detailing regular servicing best practices to maximize the overall life cycle of the crane
  • Hoist installation: minimizing the disruption of concrete work for upgrading brass and lead-screw systems or installing a new hoist

Scott McAleese, Manager - Rail Facilities Infrastructure, Chicago Transit Authority

12.25 Question & Answer Session

12.35 Lunch In Exhibition Showcase Area

ACCESS POINTS DESIGN CONFIGURATION

1.35 Demonstrating Optimal Designs For Ensuring Ease Of Access To The Roof, Undercarriage And Jacking Points Of Vehicles  

  • Considering the design of pit access, wheel drops and bogie drops to reduce the time needed to change each wheel set
  • Assessing running and heavy maintenance facility requirements to inform choice of lifting or dropping equipment
  • Reviewing fixed and moving platforms to allow multi-level access to the train
  • Comparing overhead cranes, hoists, jacks and vehicle lifts to accommodate jacking points on a new fleet
  • Contrasting gantry, ladders and step installation to allow easy and safe access to pantographs and roof mounted equipment

Terrence McCarthy, MBTA Director of Design & Construction, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority 

2.05 Question & Answer Session

CENTRALIZED VS. DECENTRALIZED FACILITIES DISCUSSION PANEL

2.15 Allocating Different Maintenance Functions Between Multiple Buildings To Optimize The Use Of Available Service Space

  • Delivering strategies to optimize facilities by assessing centralized vs. de-centralized models
  • Reviewing space allocation between multiple buildings to accurately assess the operational cost impact for various layouts
  • How to allocate overhauls and running repairs activities between facilities to maximize the utility of space for maintenance operations
  • Detailing the optimal proximity of workshops to limit workflow between buildings

Chaired By: Remy Saintil, Director of Facilities, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Panelist : David Solomon, Senior Architect, Sacramento Regional Transit

Panelist : Terrence McCarthy, MBTA Director of Design & Construction, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority

2.45 Question & Answer Session

NETWORKING BREAK SPONSOR - MAC PRODUCTS

2.55 Understanding The Best Use Of Test Benches Within The Maintenance Facility To Increase Reliability Of Rolling Stock

  • Analyzing the Trenitalia case-study for the best practices of using test benches to increase rolling stock reliability
  • Detailing best approaches for documenting failure rates and maintenance cycles for easier documentation
  • Investigating modifications to test and evaluate vibration reduction to reduce train downtime

David Zuercher, Sales Engineer, MAC Products

3.05 Question & Answer Session

3.10 Afternoon Refreshments In The Exhibition Area

MINIMIZING DISRUPTION TO MAINTENANCE

PRESENTING PROJECT PHASING METHODS AND MODULAR DESIGNS FOR MINIMIZING DISRUPTION TO MAINTENANCE AND ALLOWING QUICK PHYSICAL PLANT REPAIRS

OPERATING DURING FACILITY MODIFICATIONS

3.40 Presenting Strategies For Phasing Physical Plant Modifications To Minimize Disruption To Maintenance Activities 

  • Discussing methods for maintaining car-count during phased facility upgrades to minimize disruptions to workflow
  • Outlining progress reporting, scheduling and finance control skills to deliver modification works on time and on budget
  • Reviewing best practices in minimizing noise pollution in residential areas to prevent project delays

Stan Goff, Maintenance Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

4.10 Question & Answer Session

SUPPLY CHAIN

OUTLINING COMPONENT SOURCING AND REVERSE ENGINEERING TO ENSURE A LEAN SUPPLY CHAIN AND MINIMIZE SPARE PART LEAD TIME

SUPPLY CHAIN ROUNDTABLE

4.20 Analyzing How To Optimally Manage The Supply Chain To Reduce Spare Parts Lead Time

  • Detailing strategies for effectively tackling component obsolescence
  • Presenting reverse engineering techniques to replace out of production components
  • How to partner up with local sources to repair components bought from overseas to minimize lead-time

Moderated By: Remy Saintil, Director of Facilities, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

4.50 Chair's Closing Remarks

5.00-6.00 Networking Drinks Reception In Exhibition Showcase Area

DAY 2: STRATEGIES FOR SECURING PROJECT FUNDING AND INCREASING WORKER PRODUCTIVITY WHILE ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH ALL RELEVANT REGULATORY BODIES

Day Two will provide insights for attendees aiming to secure funding for capital projects, configure the rail facility to maximize uptime and comply with industry regulations

Chaired By: Remy Saintil, Director of Facilities, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

9.00 Chair's Opening Remarks

KEYNOTE PANEL: FUNDING FOR CAPITAL FACILITY PROJECTS

9.10 How To Successfully Document The Business Case For Depot Modifications: Communicate The Need To Prioritize Capital Investment

  • Discussing how rail authorities document and prioritize project goals to ensure an adequate funding stream
  • Outlining best practices and technologies for effective record-keeping of maintenance and safety to simplify the funding application process
  • How to communicate effectively between maintenance and finance departments to reduce costs in the long-term for extra funding
  • Presenting methods for securing funding at the federal level

Chaired By: Remy Saintil, Director of Facilities, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Panelist: Terrence McCarthy, MBTA Director of Design & Construction, Massachusetts Bay Transit

Panelist: Suhair Al Khatib  Deputy Administrator and Chief Planning, Programming and Engineering Officer, Maryland Transit Administration 

NEW FACILITY DESIGN METRICS

COMPARING THE INITIAL INVESTMENT AND LONG TERM MAINTENANCE COSTS OF A NEW FACILITY BUILD VERSUS A MAJOR REHABILITATION TO QUANTIFY THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF EACH

NEW BUILD VS. REHAB. ECONOMICS

9.55 Comparing The Payback & Break-Even Point Of New Build Projects Vs. Major Rehabs. And Expansions

  • Presenting a life-cycle facility design approach to ensure physical plant resiliency and provide opportunities for future growth
  • Quantifying the space and equipment required to adequately maintain the fleet
  • Reviewing maintenance requirements for multiple fleets to ensure fleet compatibility through an informed selection of cranes, lifting jacks and bogie drops
  • Best practices for correctly size, budget and designing for a new plant build from the programming phase
  • Making design provisions that allow future expansion with minimal 'de-engineering' of the facility

David Solomon, Senior Architect, Sacramento Regional Transit

10.25 Question & Answer Session

HEALTH & SAFETY AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

PRESENTING CUTTING-EDGE DEPOT PROTECTION SYSTEMS AND SAFE WORKING PROCEDURES TO AVOID INJURY OR REGULATORY PENALTIES

HEALTH & SAFETY & REGULATORY COMPLIANCE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

10.35 Reviewing Health And Safety Best Practices To Decrease The Risk Of Working With Electricity, Chemicals And At Height And Ensuring High Maintenance Standards

  • Electrical Safety: Detailing safety best practices when dealing with high voltage and catenary equipment to minimize risk of injury
  • Mitigating PCB & Asbestos: Minimizing employee nervousness when working with hazardous materials in the building through establishing appropriate planning and scheduling
  • Removing Slip Hazards: Illustrating methods to deal with train leakages to minimize slip hazards for employees working on the rail car to lower injury rates
  • Pit Safety : Ensuring explosion proof life texture in the pit to prevent ignition of instantaneous explosive gas in the atmosphere
  • Detailing methods to deal with unique rail authority challenges and ways to accelerate retrofitting processes to remain compliant with FRA regulations
  • Discussing how rail authorities can keep up to date with the latest regulatory developments to ensure compliance
  • Reviewing technologies and techniques for minimize the human presence of regulatory inspections to help reduce time and impact of operations

Moderated By: Remy Saintil, Director of Facilities, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

11.05 Morning Refreshments In Exhibition Showcase Area

MAINTENANCE EFFICIENCY

OPTIMIZING SCHEDULING AND WORKING PRACTICES TO MAXIMIZE TRAIN AVAILABILITY AND MINIMIZE MAINTENANCE DOWNTIME

PROGRESSIVE OVERHAUL

11.35 Presenting Maintenance Scheduling Technologies And Progressive Overhaul Methods To Increase Train Availability

  • Detailing the most up-to-date asset management systems to efficiently track depot tasks completed
  • Showcasing maintenance scheduling software to segment maintenance activities and reduce component time out of service
  • Assessing best practices in adhering to component repair deadlines to minimize maintenance backlogs

Richard Tripoli, Director of Rail Equipment Maintenance, Southern California Regional Rail Authority 

12.05 Question & Answer Session

ACTIVE FORWARD PLANNING - PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

12.15 Implementing Preventative Maintenance And CBM Strategies To React To Fleet Maintenance Requirements And Preemptively Address Depot Capacity Problems

  • Employing active communication methods so that crucial information is passed daily from shift-to-shift to ensure prompt identification of potential issues
  • Detailing the hurdles overcome by rail authorities in employing an effective condition-based maintenance program
  • Understanding how to prioritize depot tasks to ensure efficient use of resources in the event of a catastrophe
  • Discussing the role of centralized planning of exams to match available resources to deliverable work

Jim Sutton, Manager of Asset Management, Regional Transportation District 

12.45 Question & Answer Session

12.55 Lunch In Exhibition Showcase Area

COMPETENCY MANAGEMENT & TRAINING PANEL

1.55 Presenting Depot-Based Development Programs To Ensure Staff Competency Develops Alongside Depot Upgrades

  • Incorporating in house and online staff competency up-skilling programs and resources to minimize expenditure on, and downtime caused by, training activities
  • Individualizing training programs to tailor to the requirements of staff for accurate monitoring of employee development
  • Mapping the application of new maintenance competencies to minimize idle time and ensure efficiency and quality of repair

Chaired By: Remy Saintil, Director of Facilities, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Panelist: Anthony Muratore, Director - Asset ManagementNew York City Transit

Panelist: Jim Sutton, Manager of Asset Management, Regional Transportation District

Panelist: Richard Tripoli, Director of Rail Equipment Maintenance, Southern California Regional Rail Authority

SHOP FACILITY ALIGNMENT AND SCHEDULING

ALIGNING FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION FUNCTIONS TO MATCH AVAILABLE RESOURCES WITH SCHEDULED WORK

SHOP FACILITY ALIGNMENT

2.40 Aligning Facilities Management With Production Cycles To Improve Maintenance Efficiencies And Reduce Operational Costs

  • Assessing strategies for rail authorities to address the challenge of facility alignment
  • Synchronizing Cadence: Outlining best methods to align the cadence facility management of a rail facility with the cadence of the production to minimize disruptions to workflow
  • Aligning Sequences: Aligning preventative maintenance, sequencing and facility-critical scheduling with production to optimize facility function

Anthony Muratore, Director - Asset ManagementNew York City Transit

3.10 Question & Answer Session

3.20 Afternoon Refreshments In Exhibition Showcase Area

NEW ENERGY CONSERVATION

SHOWCASING INNOVATION IN LIGHTING, HVAC AND ENERGY CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGIES TO MAXIMIZE INVESTMENT PAYBACK

ENERGY CONSERVATION

3.50 Reviewing The Payback Of Investment In HVAC And Lighting Technologies To Conserve Energy And Minimize Operational Costs

  • Identifying the cost drivers of energy efficient technologies to identify best practices for energy management
  • Lighting: Comparing cost-effective lighting solutions such as LED and fluorescent to yield cost savings and improved working conditions
  • HVAC: Detailing best approaches of unitized or split units refrigerant systems within HVAC to provide acceptable air quality
  • Geothermal Heating: Considering geothermal heating systems in the rail facility to maximize cost recovery on heating
  • Lost Heat: Discussing where to situate exhaust hands and garage doors to minimize lost heat

John Tull, Senior Manager of Energy Projects, Amtrak

4.20 Question & Answer Session

4.30 Chair's Closing Remarks

4.40 End Of Conference

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