GE Transportation Signs an Agreement with Aurizon to Provide and Implement a Next-Generation Rail Network Planning and Optimization Solution

GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE:GE), and one of the world’s leading suppliers to the railroad, transit, and mining industries, through its Optimization Solutions business announced today that Aurizon, Australia’s largest freight rail company, has signed an agreement to implement an integrated rail network planning and optimization solution. GE’s Movement Planner system and SolveIT Software’s applications will optimize network train traffic for Aurizon’s complex Australian network.

GE Transportation’s Movement Planner system is a breakthrough software solution that improves railroad operations and overall utilization of existing infrastructure and resources. Integrating real-time planning with traffic management, and visibility to the entire network, the system produces an optimized plan that helps to move trains faster and more efficiently.

SolveIT Software’s Advanced Planning and Scheduling, and Supply Chain Network Optimization systems will generate optimized long and medium term plans, and short term schedules, including Day-of-Operations output in an integrated enterprise decision support application. GE’s Movement Planner system will execute SolveIT’s schedule and ensure that any deviations or disruptions are handled effectively, recovering the enterprise train schedule back to maximum throughput.

In addition to GE and SolveIT, Aitch, a business improvement and change management consultancy, has been brought in to help ensure successful process innovation and user adoption.

The comprehensive solution set was chosen for its ability to:

• Embed Aurizon’s business rules into the software’s programming
• Deliver real-time train optimization through interactive graphs
• Automate dispatching with conflict detection and resolution
• Provide immediate visibility of plan versus actual performance, through up-to-the-minute performance dashboards
• Access real-time performance feedback, offering immediate ability for correction
• Offer predictive modeling and supply & demand optimization

“The Movement Planner system is a powerful tool that gives Aurizon the ability to maximize their rail network capacity and supports complex routing decisions in the Day of Operations that focus on returning to plan,” said Peter Thomas, General Manager, Optimization Solutions. “The success of the Movement Planner system in the U.S. freight rail market revealed that our solution is both scalable and effective at optimizing network operations. Combined with SolveIT and Aitch’s excellent tools and expertise, the team will deliver a complete planning solution to help Aurizon meet its future market demand.”

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Source : businesswire

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