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EMC in Railways 2018


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The EMC in Railways 2018 event will provide insights and knowledge into the latest developments of Electromagnetic Compatibility design from a systems engineering perspective, whilst providing key information on relevant case studies and examples.

Date and Time

26 April 2018 - 09:30-16:35


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Electromagnetics TPN. Contact Sabera Sattar at SaberaSattar@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

The EMC in Railways 2018 event will provide insights and knowledge into the latest developments of Electromagnetic Compatibility design from a systems engineering perspective, whilst providing key information on relevant case studies and examples.
It also aims to unveil the future and emerging technologies and impacts on Railway system design, both at low and high frequencies.

The talks will be delivered by major stakeholders such as railway infrastructure owners and large design houses.

Topics will include:

  • EMC and Digital Railway/WiFi on trains etc.
  • EMC Lineside communication issues
  • EMC Railway measurements
  • EMC Legislation and Brexit implications
  • Harmonics and resonances effects on the railway 


09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome and Introduction

Chair: Alex Gavrilakis, IET Electromagnetics TPN Executive Committee Member

10:15 Compatibility and Interoperability – the dark labyrinth

Maya Petkova, Crossrail

10:35 EMC deliverables through the GRIP stages

David Atkey, Network Rail

11:10 Refreshment break & networking

11:35 EMF Challenges in the Rail Environment

Darren Hayes/Dr Ian Flintoft, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins Business

12:10 Rail Infrastructure Modelling

Alex Gavrilakis, Network Rail

12:45 Lunch break & networking

13:45 Lineside telecommunications and EMC

Peter Brown, Network Rail

14:20 Crossrail (Class 345) Train EMC Assurance

Colin Place, Bombardier

14:55 Refreshment Break & Networking

15:20 EMC Railway Testing

Rob Armstrong, Eurofins York

15:55 Future rail 5G communications and EMC

Kafil Ahmed, Network Rail

16:30 Closing remarks

16:35 Close

Reasons to attend

  • Learn the from the experts
  • Networking with major industry stakeholders
  • Forum for potential new ideas

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


£20 - Student | £40 - Member | £60 - Non Member

You can either register online, download and complete a registration form or call us to book over the phone on +44 (0)1438 765 657 or +44 (0)1438 765 650

Download the registration form here

All delegate prices are per person and subject to VAT at 20%.

Additional information



David Atkey

David has a Masters Degree in EMC, is a Chartered Engineer and has over 20 years of experience of providing EMC consultancy for multiple industries. He has acted as early GRIP EMC Contractors Responsible Engineer for many rail electrification projects, in addition to, providing significant project engineering support during later GRIP stages. He currently works as a Principal Design Engineer within Network Rails Infrastructure Design Group managing a multi-disciplinary team of E&P engineers which includes EMC design engineering.


Alex Gavrilakis

Dr Alex Gavrilakis is a Senior Design Engineer on Electromagnetic Compatibility at Network Rail. He obtained a PhD on Applied Electromagnetics back in 2004 and since then he has been extensively involved on EMC Management, EMC Modelling and EMC testing activities in support of rail and non rail projects. He is a member of the IET Electromagnetics TPN Executive Committee.


Colin Place
Lead EMC Engineer, Bombardier

Colin obtained a BEng in Engineering Science, specialising in power electronics, from Loughborough University in 1991. He leads a small specialist team which deals with all EMC issues for new Bombardier trains in the UK. His scope of responsibility includes:
• EMC between train systems
• EMC between the train and surrounding equipment
• Electromagnetic effects of the train on human health
He has been involved extensively with EMC issues on the Electrostar series of new Electric Multiple Unit trains over the last twenty years as well as with projects for London Underground. More recently he has lead the EMC activities for the Aventra product platform. He has previous experience in Train Control and Auxiliaries, Propulsion and Safety Engineering. He is a chartered engineer and a member of the IET.


Darren Hayes

Darren is a Chartered Engineer with nearly 22 years’ experience in electromagnetic compatibility and systems engineering. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds followed by a Masters in EMC and RF Communications at the University of York whilst employed by York EMC Services. Following 9 years at York EMC Services, Darren joined Bombardier Transportation working on the upgrade to the London Underground and numerous new rollingstock projects for both the UK and international markets. Darren is currently a Principal Engineer and the Technical Authority for EMC with Atkins, part of SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering, Design and Project Management business.


Dr Ian Flintoft

Ian is a Senior Member of the IEEE with nearly 25 years’ experience in electromagnetic engineering. He studied Physics at the University of Manchester and has worked as a Research Scientist at Philips Research Laboratories and as a Research Fellow in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York. Ian is currently a Senior Electrical Systems Engineer with Atkins, part of SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering, Design and Project Management business, providing expertise in electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic exposure and electrical modelling for transport and infrastructure design projects.


Peter Richard Brown

Peter Brown is a Chartered Physicist, and a Fellow of the IET. Peter’s career has included semiconductor research, electronics design, and over 25 years’ experience in EMC.

Peter has written several national telecoms standards and co-authored the earthing strategy for the Great Western electrification based on a common bonding approach, which was developed into PAN 102.

Peter is a Principal Design Engineer for Network Rail, focusing on innovative projects in electrical design. He has recently been working on infrastructure designs to speed up electrical isolations.


Dr Rob Armstrong

Rob has a PhD in Electronics from the University of York which he gained in 2013. Rob also holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics.
On completing his PhD in 2013, Rob joined the Consultancy department at York EMC Services (now Eurofins York) full time as an EMC Engineer, having worked part time on European funded projects while writing up his PhD.
Rob has worked on projects for customers in rail, automotive and industrial sectors. He has experience of bespoke and novel measurement systems, rail and automotive regulations and standards, EMC management and reverberation chambers including a specialisation in shielding effectiveness techniques.
Rob became a Senior Engineer in 2014 and took on the role of Consultancy and Training Manager in 2015.
As Consultancy Manager Rob is responsible for the day to day running our internationally and UK focused Consultancy business. He manages our team of highly experienced EMC Engineers in all aspects of EMC management, bespoke testing, research, EMC risk analysis and Training. Activities are mainly in the Rail Environment but also encompasses Nuclear, Industrial, Defence, Automotive, and Research and Development sectors.
Rob is also responsible for our Training business unit and is Course Leader for a number of our courses including our Flagship 5-day “Funamentals of EMC” and our bespoke rail course “Essentials of Railway EMC2"

Maya Pektova

Maya Petkova

Maya is the Interoperability Manager for Crossrail, responsible for the authorisation of Elizabeth Line for passenger service in December 2018.  She has led the development of the Project Authorisation Strategy for the Central Operating Section of Crossrail, which provides the framework of safety assurance evidence to support authorisation of the complete route for passenger service by the Office of Rail and Road in December 2018. 

Maya has been the convenor of the CENELEC working group on EMC between rolling stock and signalling for 10 years now, responsible for the production of four European Norms.  Maya is also a registered expert with the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency to the European Commission and involved in the technical evaluation of ERTMS projects on a regular basis.

Maya has an established reputation for delivering on a number of cross industry programme initiatives in the past as the Head of EMC and subsequently Head of System Compatibility at Network Rail.  She continues to be the chairman of the EMC Support group to the Vehicle/Train CCS Interface Committee at the Railway Standards and Safety Board and leading/supporting on a number of cross industry initiatives with the Rail Delivery Group.

Dr Kafil Ahmed

Kafil has a PhD in microwave communications technology and has several years’ experience in delivering consultancy projects in RFID, radar technology, and EMC in automotive applications. He currently works as a design engineer (electrification & plant) within Network Rail’s Infrastructure Design Group.

Kafil is the chairman of the IET RF and Microwave Technology committee as well as a member of the IET Electromagnetics executive committee. He has chaired IET 2017-2018 5G conferences and is a member of the 5G Innovation Network workshop steering committee.


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