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ISP 44: Health, Monitoring & Predictive Maintenance in Rail Infrastructure

Title: Intelligent Sensing Programme 44: Health, Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance in Rail Infrastructure.

Date: 05th July 2016

Location: National Rail Museum, York



Prognostics, Health Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance – smart maintenance - for infrastructure are vital not only in safety critical applications, but for many other sectors to give competitive advantage.  Ultimately, the objective is to provide timely actionable information to enable intelligent decisions – making for improved performance, safety, reliability, and maintainability. Aiming where possible for a move away from interval based maintenance to condition based maintenance.
Additionally, unnecessary, intrusive maintenance on infrastructure is a risky business. The removal of devices and testing can cause unintentional damage to equipment and infrastructure – and in hard to reach land difficult locations, can be a risk to human life. 
With the recent dedication to rail infrastructure investments by the UK Governement, this topic is increasingly relevant. With infrastructure elements consisting of bridges, embankments, fences, drainage, the challenges are vast.
There are many technological aspects to infrastructure monitoring. Whilst sensing and instrumentation provide part of the process, what role is there for robotics, embedded systems, satellite / UAV solutions, data analytics for effective, robust decision making?
Event Information: This event will bring together these communities to present on innovation advances in these topics. The ISP will as usual be held alongside a showcase of innovative technology. Topics to Explore: Remote Sensing, Embedded Sensing, Diagnostics, Big Data. 


Institutions Confirmed to Speak: Network Rail, HS2 Ltd., Conekt, Innovate UK, Balfour Beatty Rail,  RSSB, University of Cranfield, Telespazio Vega.


About the ISP Series: 

The ISP events have been the highlight of the Sensors & Instrumentation calendar since the start of the Knowledge Transfer Networks in 2006 and the Faraday Partnerships that preceded them. The core strength of the ISP events is that they aim to showcase new sensing technologies irrespective of their core target markets. This focus on exciting, novel technologies and their applications sits firmly with the Knowledge Transfer Network's aim of encouraging interactions, which otherwise would not happen.


Register by clicking here or using the form below. There are two options to choose from,  Delegate (£30) and Exhibitor (£70).



There is the opportunity for companies to exhibit at the 44th Intelligent Sensing Event. Exhibitors will have tickets for two to attend, a small (1 x 2 m) table top, space to exhibit and information in the event literature and promotion.

Industries of Interest:

  • Rail and Infrastructure
  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas
  • Defence
  • Space
  • Civil Infrastructure

Confirmed Speakers


Draft Agenda Below

10:00 10:30 Registration and Exhibition
10:30 10:35 The Knowledge Transfer Network Welcome Mark Littlewood
10:35 10:40 Chariman Welcome TBC
10:40 11:05 Network Rail Network Rail Presentation Chris Rowley / Mark Taylor
11:05 11:30 University of Cranfield  University of Cranfield Presentation Andrew Starr
11:30 11:55 Balfour Beatty Rail Balfour Beatty Rail Presentation David Buckley
11:55 12:20 Coffee, Networking and Exhibition
12:20 12:45 Telespazio Vega Remote Monitoring Maria de Farago
12:45 13:10 Conekt APSCAM Roger Hazelden
13:10 13:25 Innovate UK Funding Opportunities Myrddin Jones
13:25 14:25 Lunch, Networking and Exhibition
14:25 14:50 HS2 Ltd. HS2 Presentation Mark Morris / John St Leger
14:50 15:15 RSSB  RSSB Presentation Piraba Navaratnam
15:15 15:40 TBC Data Considerations TBC
15:40 15:45 Chairman Close TBC
15:45 17:00 Close, Tour and Exhibition


Companies in Attendance

BAE Systems Maritime - Submarines

Balfour Beatty Rail

Briton EMS



Connext2 Systems

Cranfield University


Digital Rail Lyd.


Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd.

High Speed 2


Innovate UK

Kirkton Associates

Knowledge Transfer Network

Network Rail

Newcastle University

NTTX Advisory Ltd.

Omnicom Engineering Ltd.





University of Sunderland

TBAT Innovation Ltd.

Telespazio Vega UK

Thales Group

University of York


Please contact matt.butchers@ktn-uk.org with questions and comments.

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