Lifecycle Management – 4 February 2015

The liberalization of the European railway market and the increased internationalization of passenger and freight traffic ask for a different approach of investments in rail assets. Investment decisions need to be made taking into account whole-life and whole-system considerations as well as environmental and economic impact.

Life Cycle Management offers the rail sector remarkable opportunities and considerable competitive advantages. Life cycle management includes the acquisition, utilisation, maintenance and accountability of assets. When a complex and demanding investment decision is being taken, the following aspects already need to be considered (among others):

  • Optimizing the balance between cost and quality throughout the entire lifespan of the infrastructure and rolling stock is the main focus of this conference
  • How can the optimal service life of rail-infrastructure assets be defined?
  • Which technical parameters best support the decision of whether to reinvest or continue maintenance works?
  • Why and how are vehicle and infrastructure management and design interconnected?



  • Session 1: ‘Reducing LCC through innovation: Does higher upfront investment pay off?’
  • Session 2: ‘Managing the cost of TSI compliance for rail infrastructure’
  • Session 3: ‘Reinvest or continue maintenance – renovating the European rail network for viable rail operations’
  • Session 4: ‘The role of IT-based testing for decreasing LCC and improving safety’


Moderator session 1 & 2: Simon Fletcher, Coordinator Europe UIC (FR)

Moderator session 3 & 4: Stefan Marschnig, Graz University of Technology Institute for Railway Engineering and Transport Economy (AT)



Martin Haas, Senior Expert RCM/LCC Management DB Schenker Rail
Andy Millar, Engineering Manager, Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions
Rüdiger Wendt, Director of Railway Standardisation Committee FSF at DIN e.V.
Stefan Marschnig, Graz University of Technology, Institute of Railway Engineering and Transport Economy
Luc Vansteenkiste, Director Asset Management Infrabel
 John Smith, Programme Manager Intelligent Infrastructure, Network Rail
Arjen Zoeteman, Senior Researcher Technical University Delft
Christian Loretz, Head of Marketing & Corporate Development - Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH
Marcello Corsi, Track Design Manager Railway Procurement Agency
Wassim Badran, Head of Assets and Technology, Member of the Management Board, SBB Infrastructure
  • Christian Loretz, Head of Marketing & Corporate Development Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH (AT) and Stefan Marschnig, Assistant Professor TU Graz (AT)
    “LCC Reduction through undersleeper pads – Undersleeper pads; a small investment with a hugh impact”
  • Luc Vansteenkiste, Director Asset Management Infrabel (BE)
    “Impact of Diagnosing signalling assets” 
  • Martin Haas, Senior Expert RAM/LCC Management DB Schenker Rail (DE)
    RAM/LCC at DB Schenker Rail – A way to reduce total vehicle and component costs” 
  • Marcello Corsi, Track Design Manager Railway Procurement Agency (IR)
    “Urban track design optimisation for optimised life-cycle maintenance” 
  • Andy Millar, Engineering Manager Bombardier Transportation (UK)
    Managing the cost of TSI compliance for rail infrastructure: Rolling stock to CCS, A case study” 
  • Rüdiger Wendt, Managing Director Normenausschuss Fahrweg und Schienenfahrzeuge (FSF) at DIN (DE)
  • Wassim Badran, Head of Assets and Technology, Member of the Management Board, SBB Infrastructure (CH)
    “Maintain or renew: the challenge of condition-based maintenance for rail infrastructure”
  • Tim Salter, Director at voestalpine SIGNALING (UK)
    “Can Remote Monitoring Have a Role In Asset Life Extension?”
  • John Smith, Programme Manager Intelligent Infrastructure | Network Operations, Network Rail (UK)
    “A Rail Perspective – Intelligent Infrastructure: Network Rail’s Strategy for RCM” 
  • Marc Antoni, Director Railways System Department UIC (FR)
  • Arjen Zoeteman, Senior Researcher, Professor TU Delft (NL)
    “Towards track-friendly trains– recent analyses from the Netherlands” 


Who should attend?

The present Life Cycle Management Conference 2015 offers a one-day podium in order to discuss best practices, tangible tools and current information in an international setting. At the Life Cycle Management Conference 2015 you can discuss with:

  • Infrastructure managers
  • Rolling stock manufacturers
  • Operators
  • Constructors
  • Technical engineers
  • Asset/fleet managers
  • Maintenance managers
  • Consultants
  • Scientists
  • Financial institutions
  • Authorities