Mission and Objectives

Mission: Develop new smart tools that will help to optimize railway maintenance operations ensuring higher railway availability, better cross-border coordination and improved efficiency.

The overarching goal of the project is to develop a Smart Framework for maintenance management to facilitate making effective and efficient decision in maintenance of railway networks within corridors and will act as an essential component of a decision support system for the task. This tool will combine a top-down approach, from standards and regulations to interventions planning on the railways, with a bottom-up approach, from interventions to be carried out of standards and regulations.


  • To analyse the specification and requirements for an efficient, reliable and sustainable maintenance of the railway systems (for passengers and freight), paying special attention to corridors in the selected case studies, both at the system level (technical and regulatory) and the end-users level (know-how and tools for infrastructure managers and track work contractors).
  • To analyse the transferability of concepts, ideas and solutions from other sectors (electricity, oil & gas, water and airspace) to be applied to this railway domain.
  • To design and validate smart and collaborative tools based on intelligent systems (and particularly on fuzzy logic) that become decision support and making systems for railway maintenance and its management.
  • To design a new maintenance conceptual framework based on fuzzy systems that consider every functional and technological component to ensure the integration and linkage to existing maintenance platforms and ICT systems, and its performance and usability for infrastructure managers and track work contractors.
  • To validate the design of the maintenance framework through an implementation and integration, total or partial, with an existing maintenance platform.
  • To demonstrate the usability of the project outcomes on existing rail networks (case studies).
  • To define the corresponding models for facilitating the broad deployment of the project results.
  • To define the synergies and best practices between the cross-border networks and disseminate the project results to other corridors.

The operational objectives to ensure the objectives defined above are the following:

  • Generation of bases of knowledge on regulations, policies, etc. regarding the railway maintenance. ICT implementation of these bases of knowledge to be used by the maintenance platform.
  • Characterization of the main maintenance tasks and their impact from different points of view: economic, human and technical resources, serviceability, safety, environmental impact, etc.
  • Development of models of behaviour and evolution of individual components and the whole infrastructure. This will provide the ability to prevent the appearance of security and service events that affect the asset by its own process of evolution and/or aging.
  • Development of models of detection and classification of events that affect the infrastructure. Obtaining of a linguistic description of the domain in technical terms.
  • Development of computational models of maintenance tasks implemented on the basis of expert knowledge.
  • Development of computational models of decision making for railway maintenance.
  • Development of multi-criteria optimal planning models (level of service, availability, economy, CO2 footprint, traffic, etc.) for maintenance.