Lunch and Learn: Applications of Intelligent Infrastructure in the Railway System on Network Rail’s Western route, webinar

21 September, 2017 | 13:00 - 14:00

Photo credit: Piers Allardyce
Photo credit: Piers Allardyce

About this event

The Western route from London Paddington contains over 2000 track miles, an asset base which supports delivery of over two million train miles every year. The availability of the system is fundamental to train services, and as part of a national programme the route have installed over 3000 sensors to assist with Reliability, Availability and Maintainability of critical infrastructure.

The introduction of new train fleets by 2019 also provides infrastructure monitoring opportunities. This presentation formed part of the visit of the ICE President to the route on 7 July 2017 and will review the use of data to create intelligence, the proposed structure for extracting value from the rich data sources and the alignment with ISO 55000.


Paul Barnes

Paul is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Member of ICE, supporting development of the engineering profession in a number of ways including as Supervising Civil Engineer. His current role in Network Rail is leading for the Western route on the system management of the assets in accordance with ISO 55000, particularly development of Intelligent Infrastructure using big data sources from the new train fleets and traditional SCADA systems on fixed infrastructure, and he represents the route on national governance panels.

He has presented a number of papers on use of predictive techniques and system modelling. His railway career has included senior roles in sponsorship, engineering planning and project delivery from small schemes to the enormous Crossrail and Reading Station project for which he won a national award.

Prior to that he worked for a number of Clients including World Bank, EU, Atkins and Halcrow in the regulation of utilities particularly water and then rail in developing the first rail asset management plans in the UK at the time of privatisation. None of this would have been possible without the essential experience of design, construction and commissioning of engineering schemes which he undertook in many parts of the world after graduation from Birmingham and Cambridge Universities.