Network Rail has launched a new GBP300,000 competition to look at ways of speeding up the design of, and predicting the future of, rail infrastructure. The competition is the first to be run in conjunction with Innovate UK, the government backed innovation network. Network Rail research and development specialist Ben Ford said no tool existed currently, to allow it to rapidly assess designs and so hoped a competition would generate new digital ways of doing so. Projects focusing on track design will be given priority. However, the rail infrastructure operator and owner said it also hoped to get submissions to streamline the design of overhead line electrification, traction power supply system, signalling systems and associated infrastructure. It is hoped that any new programmes will also be used to give more realistic predictions of the condition of the rail assets in the future.
Source: New Civil Engineer