Rail

Major European Freight Railroad | Migrating to Next-Generation Systems

Migrating to Next-Generation Systems Overview A major European freight railroad wanted to migrate its planning and scheduling systems to next-generation systems – a risky and expensive proposition. By partnering with a global management consulting company, Optym was able to evaluate the railway’s data migration strategy and make recommendations to reduce risk. Business Problem One of …

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Canadian Pacific Railway | Developing a Business Intelligence System

Developing a Business Intelligence System Canadian Pacific Railway Overview While freight railroad databases contain data for all asset movements, they lack integrated data analytics and business intelligence systems so that users can analyze this data quickly.  Planners utilize these systems to improve operations or reduce costs. We partnered with Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway to design, …

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Belt Railway of Chicago | Using Data to Identify Missed Connection Causes at a Hump Yard

Using Data to Identify Missed Connection Causes at a Hump Yard Belt Railway of Chicago 50%+ Decrease in the number of missed connections 3,000+ Cars per day through BRC Clearing Yard​ Overview Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) found that at its Clearing Yard, one of the largest yards in the United States, a large number …

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CSX Transportation | Routing Locomotives to Shops for Periodic Maintenance

Routing locomotives to Shops for Periodic Maintenance CSX Transportation 50% Reduction in the average daily number of past-due-Q locomotives Overview As per Federal Railway Administration (FRA) regulations, every locomotive must be sent to a shop for periodic maintenance within 92 days of its previous maintenance. We developed a software solution for CSX Transportation to direct …

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CSX Transportation | Developing a Service Analyzer System

Developing a Service Analyzer System CSX Transportation 2013 Chairman’s Award for Excellence Overview We partnered with CSX Transportation to develop its next-generation service measurement and reporting systems. With these systems in place, users can now easily view hotspots and drill down to details to perform a root cause analysis. Hundreds of users now use this …

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CSX Transportation | Locomotive Simulation System​

Developing a Locomotive Simulation System CSX Transportation Overview Railroad locomotive departments need locomotive planning systems to make strategic decisions related to fleet sizing, fleet mix, shop locations, capacities and capabilities. We developed a simulation system to meet this need for CSX Transportation. Business Problem Large freight railroads in the United States own several thousand locomotives …

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CSX Transportation | Integrated Hump Yard System​

Creating an Integrated Hump Yard Simulation System CSX Transportation 3% Accuracy in simulation modeled 2012 Received Chairman’s Award for Excellence Overview As volumes continued to grow in CSX Transportation’s rail network, its hump yards became congested. Partnering with CSX, we developed an integrated hump yard simulation system to help the company determine a hump yard’s …

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CSX Transportation | Intermodal Yard Layout Simulation​

Evaluating an Intermodal Yard Layout Using Simulation CSX Transportation 15% Increase in capacity​ 2011 Received Arema Engineering Award Overview CSX Transportation built its largest intermodal yard layout near Chicago using state-of-the-art technology. Employing a simulation system, we evaluated a given layout, identified capacity bottlenecks and created an improved layout that increased yard capacity by over …

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