Engineering Outreach
Director: Kathy Werrell
PEO Specialist: Louise Bank
PEO Specialist: Donna Molinda
Administrative Assistant: Nadine Neiger
Phone: (302) 831-8302
Fax: (302) 831-1468

The Railroad Engineering &
Safety Program
at the University of Delaware presents:

"Big Data" in Railroad
Maintenance Planning

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Trabant University Center at the
University of Delaware, Newark, DE

YOU can attend this excellent mini-conference for FREE - but the remaining seats are going fast!

Our sponsors include:


ENSCO - Innovation Starts Here 

If your organization would also like to be a sponsor, contact
Dr. Allan Zarembski.


Today's railways use new generation track inspection technology, enabling collection of "Big Data" -- increasingly extensive and complex data -- on the condition of track and equipment.

But data collection isn't where the story ends! Railways need to convert this data into useable information to guide planning of their capital maintenance program. Traditional analysis techniques are no longer viable for efficiently making use of these "mountains" of data and they often leave important information buried. This mini-conference will introduce you to new and improved analysis techniques, including "Big Data" statistical analysis and improved engineering modeling coupled with more traditional statistical analysis techniques.

Don't miss your opportunity to be introduced to some of these new and emerging analysis techniques, to see how they can be applied to large volumes of track inspection data and can lead to improved planning of critical track maintenance programs.

Program Agenda

7:30 Registration - Networking Begins!

8:00 Welcome and introduction to the needs of the railroad industry

  • Allan M. Zarembski, Professor, Director of Railroad, Research & Safety Program, University of Delaware
  • Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Delaware 
  • Harry (Tripp) Shenton, Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware
  • David E. Staplin, Deputy Chief Engineer (retired), Amtrak, and Chair of the Railroad Advisory Board, University of Delaware
    Patrick Nowakowski,
    President, Long Island Railroad
  • Gary Carr, Chief Track Research Division, Federal Railroad Administration
  • Semih F. Kalay, Senior Vice President, Technology, TTCI

9:15 Networking Break

9:30 Session I: Railroad Needs from Big Data 

  • Lee Moss, Assistant Chief Engineer, Inspection Process, CSX Transportation
  • Dwight W. Clark, Assistant Chief Engineering, Engineering Technology and Strategy, Union Pacific Railroad
  • J. Shane Rice, Assistant Chief Engineer, MW&S, Norfolk Southern Railway
  • David G. Friss, Director, Reliability Engineering, BNSF
  • Kevin Day, Assistant Chief Engineer, Technology, Testing and Standards, CN
  • Mike J. Trosino, Sr. Director Clearances and Inspections, Amtrak
  • Jean Carlos Espindola, Maintenance-of-Way Engineering Manager, VLI Logistica (Brazil)

12:00   Networking Lunchtime - A list of Newark's eateries within easy walking distance and even within the Trabant University Center will be provided

1:00     Session II: Big Data Analysis Techniques

  • Nii O. Attoh-Okine, Professor and Director, Big Data Center, University of Delaware
  • Qing He, Assistant Professor, Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, University of Buffalo
  • Christopher P.L. Barkan, Professor and Executive Director, Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RAILTEC), Univerity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2:00 Networking Break

2:15 Session III: Application and Case Studies

  • Matthew Dick, PE, Director - Business Development, ENSCO, Inc.
  • Pietro Pace, Product Line Manager, Mermec (Italy)
  • Joseph W. Palese, Senior Director, Inspection Services, Harsco Rail
  • Dave Corby, Software Director, Sperry Rail Services
  • Todd L. Euston, PE, Director of Inspection Technology; Jeb Belcher, Emerging Technologies Developer, GREX
  • Bernhard K. Metzger, Manager, Track Recording& Research, Plasser American Corporation
  • Allan M. Zarembski, Professor and Director, Railroad Engineering and Safety Program, University of Delaware

4:35 Concluding Remarks

  • Allan M. Zarembski, Professor and Director, Railroad Engineering and Safety Program, University of Delaware
  • David E. Staplin, Deputy Chief Engineer (retired), Amtrak, and Chair of the Railroad Advisory Board, University of Delaware

4:45 Program Adjourns - Networking Continues!

Registration is
required so that appropriate arrangements can be made for your full participation and enjoyment of this conference.


CLICK HERE for directions to UD's campus and parking for the conference.

QUESTIONS? Contact; 302/831-8302

ACCOMMODATIONS and TRANSPORTATION: Participants are responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements.  Air transportation should be arranged to either Philadelphia or Baltimore airport.  Call early and ask if there are rooms available at the special University of Delaware affiliated rates for the "Big Data Railroad Conference".
Courtyard by Marriott - UD Campus Hotel - 400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE, 1-302-737-0900 ($154 + taxes/night) This special rate will be available to those registering by Friday, November 20th.
The following are each less than two miles from campus:
Embassy Suites - 654 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 1-302-368-8000 ($152 + taxes/night)
Sleep Inn - 630 S. College Ave.(Rt.896N), Newark, DE, 1-302-453-1700
Howard Johnson Inn - 1119 S. College Ave., Newark, DE, 1-302-368-8521
Homewood Suites - 640 S. College Ave., Newark DE 1-302-453-9700

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