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Trackwater 2.0: Building Resilience in the drainage network - Project Showcase

DATE : 26 January 2021
LOCATION : Online Webinar
START TIME : 10:00 am END TIME : 12:00 pm
Over the last few months Trackwater’s innovative drainage management solution has been deployed in live trials on 3 sites along 3 different Network Rails routes, as part of a Network Rail funded project managed through Innovate UK.

The TrackWater 2.0 consortium, comprising of InTouch, Network Rail, Lancaster University and Connected Places Catapult, have deployed 18 innovative Internet of Things sensors collecting real-time data on drainage asset condition, and delivering this information to Network Rail engineers through its web portal and email alerts.

Drainage is a hidden yet critical part of the network, and asset failure has the potential to have significant financial and safety implications from delay minutes, line closures to earthwork failures. In the last 5 years Network Rail have had to compensate operators in excess of £90m for delay minutes caused by flooding.

It is believed that by monitoring drainage asset performance remotely Network Rail engineers will be able to plan and undertake preventative rather than reactive maintenance, reducing the risk of flooding and therefore delays. While in the longer term the data collected will provide valuable insight into asset performance and condition that can inform asset renewals.

This trial has enabled the project team to demonstrate and train Network Rail on the installation processes, test the technology on the network and develop the dashboards to deliver the data back to Network Rail. All of which is being been done in collaboration with Network Rail to ensure Trackwater can be successfully integrated with Network Rail systems and workflows and data is delivered in a useable and meaningful way.

The Showcase

On January 26th 2021, the project team will be hosting a virtual showcase to demonstrate the innovative technology developed as part of the project, which compromises of specifically designed IoT sensors collecting silt and water level readings, combining the readings with other data sets to predict drainage conditions and flood risks to inform appropriate maintenance regimes.

Members of the project team will also discuss the trial deployments and the findings so far from the trials.

This showcase will be benefit anyone interested in drainage management, IoT, remote monitoring and technology & systems for predictive maintenance.

Who should attend?

The Trackwater 2.0 project showcase will be of interest to anyone who is responsible for drainage systems and drainage maintenance and has an interest in how predictive maintenance can improve the robustness and reliability of drainage systems across any industry. For example, drainage engineers, maintenance teams, maintenance schedulers etc.

This showcase will also be of benefit to anyone interested in drainage management, IoT, remote monitoring and technology & systems for predictive maintenance

Speakers

  • Phil Moorcroft, Business Modelling and Market Appraisal Team Lead, Connected Places Catapult
  • David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale
  • Mona Sihota, Network Technical Lead Drainage and Lineside, Technical Authority, Network Rail
  • Louise Sugden, Project Manager, InTouch Ltd
  • Mike Harding, Research Fellow in Computing & Communications, Lancaster University
  • Olivia Devan, Asset Engineer, North West & Central Route, Network Rail
  • Janine Fountain, Programme Manager R&D, Technical Authority, Network Rail
  • John Walden, Managing Director,  InTouch Ltd
Agenda

Welcome and introduction
Phil Moorcroft – Connected Places Catapult Business Modelling and Market Appraisal Team Lead

New technology & transport infrastructure
How new technology is changing and benefiting the transport infrastructure sector

  • David Morris – MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale

Why Trackwater is important to Network Rail
Describing the challenges Network Rail is facing in drainage and how Trackwater can help Network Rail build a more resilient Network

  • Mona Sihota – Network Rail, Network Technical Lead Drainage and Lineside, Technical Authority

TrackWater Solution & Live Deployments

An introduction to TrackWater’s end-to-end decision-support solution and three deployment sites across the network

  • Louise Sugden – InTouch Ltd, Project Manager
  • Mike Harding – Lancaster University, Research Fellow in Computing & Communications, TrackWater User Research & Design Recommendations

We discuss key findings from engagements with drainage personnel and insights of deploying a FOAK intelligent infrastructure within rail drainage management

  • Mike Harding – Lancaster University, Research Fellow in Computing & Communications, TrackWater User Research & Design Recommendations

Trackwater in practice:

Feedback from one of the routes involved in the live trial, describing how Trackwater will influence key Network Rail activities and the benefits to users.

  • Olivia Devan – Network Rail, Asset Engineer, North West & Central Route

How Trackwater will fit into the Network Rail vision and strategy:

How Trackwater aligns with other Network Rail initiatives and how it is expected to fit in the wider vision.

  • Janine Fountain – Network Rail, Programme Manager R&D, Technical Authority

Smartclean to Trackwater:

Lessons from the highway for the railway, detailing how this technology has changed the philosophy of how highway drainage maintenance is managed, plus the next steps for Trackwater.

  • John Walden – InTouch Ltd, Managing Director

Question and answers  
Phil Moorcroft – Connected Places Catapult Business Modelling and Market Appraisal Team Lead

Showcase close
Phil Moorcroft – Connected Places Catapult Business Modelling and Market Appraisal Team Lead

You can find more information and register for the event here.