This printed Proceedings is the vital companion piece to the IET’s five day course on the same topic, and addresses the following five key themes through the 28 papers and presentions within: Signal & Control Systems in Context, Fundamentals of Signal Systems, Signal System, Design & Build, Systems Engineering, Modern & Future System Needs.
Signaling and Control Systems have developed significantly over the past decade with processor-based solutions becoming wide spread in all aspects of modern mainline, heavy metro and light rail applications. Some of these systems are now in their 2nd or 3rd generation. Investment in railways is targeted to provide increased train service capacity in combination with higher levels of safety. The railway signal & control systems have a major part to play in these plans, which range from new construction such as CrossRail through to the numerous upgrades of existing infrastructure. However, the railway industry continues to change , both organisationally in its regulation and technically with projects such as the initial implementation of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) in Britain.
It is vital that engineers are able to understand the fundamental design and assurance requirements of modern safety signalling and control systems as well as the acceptance or regulatory regimes in place. In system application the role of the human must be analysed in the context of the railway service to be operated and provided appropriate levels of system integration. Furthermore engineers must understand the need for maintenance and the life-cycle of the systems used on the railway.
This five day professional development course addresses the signal and control system as well as its sub-sub systems and major interfaces. System applications and integration are considered in the context of mainline and metro-type environments.
The duration of the course is five days and comprises 28 presentations by acknowledged world experts. The course aims to provide an essential broad understanding of the technical and engineering management skills essential for those relatively new to the field as well as those continuing their professional development in this area of railway engineering.
The course includes lecturers who have worked on railways throughout the world.The technical programme is divided into five themes:
• Signal & Control Systems in Context
• Fundamentals of Signal Systems
• Signal System, Design & Build
• Systems Engineering
• Modern & Future System Needs