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International Rail Advisory Council

Learn from the experience of others
Collaborate to define best-practice

The International Rail Advisory Council’s (IRAC) objective is to encourage discussions that advance the application of spatial technology to improving rail infrastructure planning, operation, maintenance and renewal as well as safety and security. The IRAC brings together rail infrastructure operators, from both light rail and heavy rail, around an agenda defined by the delegates.

The IRAC is facilitated and sponsored by Intergraph, the world’s leading supplier of spatial systems to the rail industry. Topics are set by the delegates ahead of each meeting and the agenda is structured to encourage open discussion, both in groups and in one-to-ones. Delegates are invited from rail and transport infrastructure operation and management organisations. Delegates can list their key areas of interest and experience enabling organisations to connect to discuss topics in detail as well as areas not featured in the main agenda.

Further Information

The IRAC is open to all rail infrastructure operators. There is no charge for participating.
To register your interest or for further information, email: sgi-uk@intergraph.com

Background to the IRAC

Spatial technology is used by rail infrastructure operators around the world, from national networks to metro rail and underground systems. Implementations have enhanced operational performance, safety, continuity of service, efficiency and quality of service to customers. The levels of use, and the resulting benefits, vary between organisations as well as between different functions within an individual operator. The IRAC has been established to enable organisations to benefit from shared experience and mutual discussion that advance the application of spatial systems to further enhance their businesses.

The Role of Spatial Technology in Rail Operations

Rail infrastructure operation covers a multitude of diverse technical disciplines. Coordination and communication of business information is vital to successful, safe and profitable operation. The need for clear, accurate and up-to-date data places challenging demands on Information & Communications Technologies to coordinate work processes, information flows and sources of change across multiple functions and departments.
Spatial technology plays a key role in providing clear business insight and streamlining work processes. Its application has benefitted rail operators in functions spanning: asset and works management, asset planning, environmental control, safety, security, land and property management, amongst others.

Previous IRAC Meetings: London

The group's latest meeting was hosted by Tube Lines, part of Transport for London in Canary Wharf, London.

Meeting Agenda and Topics Discussed

  • Integration with ERP Works & Asset Management Systems
  • Modelling Rail Assets to Maximise Utility and Value to the Business
  • The EU INSPIRE Directive - what are the impacts & opportunities for rail infrastructure operators?
  • Security and Safety for Rail
 
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