Conference addresses big data in railroad maintenance planning

More than 150 representatives of the railway and academic communities turned out for the 2016 Big Data in Railroad Maintenance Planning Conference at the University of Delaware on Dec. 15-16.

The third annual conference was chaired by Allan Zarembski, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and presented by the UD Railroad Engineering and Safety Program, the UD Big Data Center, and UD Professional Engineering Outreach.

“One of our goals is to come up with usable and practical results from the mountain of data that’s now available to railroad engineers and others charged with keeping our railroads and transit systems safe and efficient,” said Zarembski, an internationally recognized expert in railway track engineering, derailment analysis, wheel-rail interaction, and rail problems and maintenance including rail inspection and grinding.

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