Railways 2012 The First International Conference on Railway Technology (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

Railways 2012

The First International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
18-20 April 2012


Railways have always played a significant role in the development of the wealth creation capabilities of society. The early roman wagonways, the steam driven railways during the industrial revolution and the electric railways of the late nineteenth and twentieth century are just a few of the railway systems that have played a vital role in past infrastructure development. The search for a fast, reliable and cost effective means of transport that presents better energy efficiency and less impact on the environment has resulted in renewed interest and rapid development in railway technology. Over the last few years a number of very successful special sessions have been held on railway technology in the Civil-Comp Conference series. The first Civil-Comp Conference dedicated to Railway Technology will therefore be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2012.
The range of topics to be considered during this Conference includes (but is not limited to):

Rolling Stock

Rolling stock design, manufacture and maintenance
Modelling and Simulation: Railway dynamics, Structural analysis, Crashworthiness, Wheel-rail interaction, Pantograph-catenary dynamics, Wear and Fatigue
High speed trains
Light railways and trams
Technologies to increase freight capacity
Bogies technology
Field and laboratory testing
Performance and optimisation
Aerodynamics and crosswind
Noise, vibration and comfort
Traction and braking
Safety, security and reliability
Ergonomics and interior design


Railway structures: Bridges, tunnels and transition zones
Track design, construction and maintenance
Interaction of vehicles with the infrastructure
Track monitoring
Trackbeds: Sleepers and ties
Geotechnical aspects: Earthworks, embankments, stabilisation
Technologies for track defects detection
Station design

Energy and Environment

Re-use of kinetic energy
Energy sources and smart grids
Hybrid traction and power trains
Sustainable rail transport

Signalling and communication

ERTMS – European Rail Traffic Management System
ITS – Information and Technology Systems


Railway systems operation
Traffic management
Intermodal solutions
Customer interfaces

Strategies and Economics

Railway transport: Capacity and cost
Track access charges
Cost implications
Planning and policies
Future trends in railway engineering
Railways: History, heritage and education

Conference Flyer
Download the conference flyer for distribution to colleagues.

Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. Papers should be submitted directly to the Conference Editor who will inform the special session organisers. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date. Please also notice the important dates.

For more information about the aims and scope of each session, please click the session title (where available) for a specific session call.

RW2012-S01: Rail-Soil Modelling and Vibrations Attenuation for Train Transportation,
organised by Prof. M. Matos Neves, IDMEC-IST, Lisbon, Portugal and Dr P. Koziol, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland
RW2012-S02: Analytical and Semi-Analytical Methods for Vibration Analysis of Rail-Foundation Structures,
organised by Dr P. Koziol, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland and Prof. Z. Dimitrovová
Universidade Nova, Caparica, Portugal
RW2012-S03: Dynamics of Railway Bridges,
organised by Prof. J.M. Goicolea, Technical University of Madrid, Spain and Prof. R.A.B. Calçada, University of Porto, Portugal
RW2012-S04: Track Condition Monitoring and Maintenance,
organised by Dr C. Vale, University of Porto, Portugal and Prof. A. Bracciali, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
RW2012-S05: Switches and Crossings: Testing, Modelling and Simulation,
organised by Dr E. Kassa, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and Dr. V. Markine, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
RW2012-S06: Vehicle Stability and Curving Issues,
organised by Prof. K. Zboinski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland and Prof. S. Iwnicki, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
RW2012-S07: Characterization, Performance Evaluation and Performance Specifications of the Foundation and Track-Bed Layers,
organised by Dr E. Fortunato, LNEC, Portugal and Dr A. Robinet, SNCF, France
RW2012-S08: Trackbed Assessment and Improvement,
organised by Dr N. Thom, University of Nottingham, UK and Dr L. Hornicek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
RW2012-S09: Wheel/Rail Contact Tribology,
organised by Dr R. Lewis, The University of Sheffield, UK and Prof. U. Olofsson, KTH, Sweden
RW2012-S10: Models for Railway Vehicle-Infrastructure Interaction,
organised by Prof. J.E. Abdalla Filho, PUCPR/UTFPR, Brazil and Dr T. Mazilu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
RW2012-S11: Modelling of Railway Track/Vehicle Interaction at High Frequencies,
organised by Dr L. Baeza and Dr A. Roda, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain and Dr J. Santamaria, University of the Basque Country, Spain
RW2012-S12: Modelling and Simulation Techniques in Railway Dynamics for Virtual Homologation,
organised by Dr B. Suarez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain and Dr A. Facchinetti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
RW2012-S13: Tramway Systems,
organised by Prof. P. Fisette, UCL, Belgium and Prof. H. Sugiyama, Tokyo University of Science, Japan
RW2012-S14: Vibration Analysis of Train-Bridge Time-Varying System and Its Application,
organised by Dr R.L. Chen, Xiang Tan University, China and Dr Q.S. Li, City University of Hong Kong
RW2012-S15: Modelling and Simulation of Railroad Vehicle Systems: Enhancements and Applications,
organised by Prof. A.A. Shabana, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA and Prof. H. Sugiyama, Tokio University of Science, Japan and Dr. K.E. Zaazaa, ENSCO, Inc., USA and Prof. J.L. Escalona, University of Seville, Spain
RW2012-S16: Non-Intrusive Inspection & Data Analysis for Predictive Maintenance,
organised by Dr J. Jaiswal, TATA Steel UK Ltd, UK and Dr. Z. Li, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
RW2012-S17: Railway Noise Modelling, Prediction and Control Strategies,
organised by Prof. E. Esmailzadeh, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada and Dr. D. Younesian, Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran

Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including ten to sixteen papers and an optional special lecture are welcome. Proposals for special sessions may be sent to the Conference Editor by email (railways2012 AT civil-comp.com)
Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Editor is Dr J. Pombo (IDMEC-IST, Lisbon, Portugal).

The members of the editorial board for this conference are: Prof. J.E. Abdalla Filho, Brazil; Prof. J.A.C. Ambrósio, Portugal; Prof. L. Baeza, Spain; Prof. A. Bracciali, Italy; Prof. S. Bruni, Italy; Dr D.L. Cadet, France; Prof. R. Calçada, Portugal; Dr R.L. Chen, China; Dr S. Churba, UK; Prof. K. Dang Van, France; Prof. G. Degrande, Belgium; Prof. R. Delgado, Portugal; Prof. Z. Dimitrovová, Portugal; Dr D.J. Edwards, UK; Prof. J.L. Escalona, Spain; Prof. E. Esmailzadeh, Canada; Dr A. Facchinetti, Italy; Prof. P. Fisette, Belgium; Dr E. Fortunato, Portugal; Dr P. Galvín, Spain; Dr A. Gastañares, Spain; Prof. J. Gerlici, Slovakia; Prof. J.M. Goicolea, Spain; Prof. A. Gomes Correia, Portugal; Dr M. Hartnett, Ireland; Dr P. Hölscher, Netherlands; Dr L. Hornicek, Czech Republic; Prof. B. Indraratna, Australia; Prof. S. Iwnicki, UK; Dr J. Jaiswal, UK; Dipl.-Ing. I. Kaiser, Germany; Dr E. Kassa, Sweden; Dr P. Koziol, Poland; Dr N. Kuka, France; Dr R. Lewis, UK; Dr Q.S. Li, Hong Kong; Dr Z. Li, Netherlands; Prof. J. Máca, Czech Republic; Dr M. Malvezzi, Italy; Dr V. Markine, Netherlands; Dr M.D. Martínez-Rodrigo, Spain; Prof. M. Matos Neves, Portugal; Dr T. Mazilu, Romania; Prof. A. Metrikine, Netherlands; Prof. P. Museros Romero, Spain; Dr J. Náprstek, Czech Republic; Dr M. Novales, Spain; Prof. U. Olofsson, Sweden; Prof. J.C.F. Pereira, Portugal; Prof. M.S. Pereira, Portugal; Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Proppe, Germany; Dr F.G. Rauter, Portugal; Dr A. Rindi, Italy; Mr A. Robinet, France; Dr A. Roda Buch, Spain; Prof. M. Rosário Macário, Portugal; Dr J. Santamaria, Spain; Prof. A.A. Shabana, USA; Prof. G. Shen, China; Dr M.J.M.M. Steenbergen, Netherlands; Dr B. Suarez, Spain; Prof. Y. Suda, Japan; Prof. H. Sugiyama, Japan; Prof. P.F. Teixeira, Portugal; Prof. Y. Terumichi, Japan; Dr N. Thom, UK; Prof. B.H.V. Topping, UK; Dr J. Tunna, USA; Dr S. Urushadze, Czech Republic; Dr J. Vinolas, Spain; Dr P.K. Woodward, UK; Dr V. Yazykov, Russia; Dr D. Younesian, Iran; Dr K.E. Zaazaa, USA; Prof. K. Zboinski, Poland; Prof. W.M. Zhai, China;

This list is incomplete. More members will be added in due course.
Conference Proceedings
The conference proceedings are published by Civil-Comp Press and Saxe-Coburg Publications and will be available on the first day of the conference. All papers are assigned DOIs and will appear on the online repository CTResources.info. The proceedings volumes have an ISBN; are part of a series with its own ISSN; and are submitted to several abstracting/indexing services.
Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is the NH Imperial Playa Hotel in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

All presentations, lunches and coffee breaks will be at this location. For information on how to get to the venue, click here.
Accommodation is available at several hotels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Special rates have been negotiated with the conference venue hotel (NH Imperial Playa Hotel) and a nearby hotel (NH Playa Las Canteras). To make use of these special rates, bookings have to be made using the bedroom booking form. Alternatively you may book your accommodation directly with your travel agent.
Please check with your travel agent or the Spanish embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter Spain. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time.

With the current international situation it is difficult for many countries to issue visas without undertaking a lengthy process. If the Spanish embassy in your country requires a letter of invitation, please contact Civil-Comp Press and we will supply this, on condition that your paper has been accepted by the Conference Editor. If the Embassy requires a letter of invitation issued by a Spanish organisation, we recommend that you contact the hotel where you have made your room bookings.

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