PHMAP17 provides an opportunity to hear and interact with recognized leaders in relevant PHM areas. These panel sessions will consist of presentations and open discussion by 4-6 panelists directly engaging with the conference audience on different topics listed below.
These sessions add an enriching dimension to the conference experience and a welcome networking alternative to traditional paper presentations, which dominate some conferences. We believe balancing the conference time in this fashion provides participants a much more engaging experience and increased opportunity to gain unique knowledge.
Panel Session Topics
Smart Manufacturing PHM
Asset and Operations Management: A Maritime Industry Focus
Commercial Aircraft PHM/IVHM
Panel Session Details
Railway PHM Session Chair: Dr. Parham Shahidi, PARC
Railroads play an essential role in today's global economy. As the most efficient land-based mode of transport for freight and the most reliable commuting method for passengers, both freight and passenger rail enable economies to operate reliably, safely and cost efficiently. Given the global pervasiveness of the railroads, making this transportation mode even more reliable and efficient is of paramount importance.
Emerging technologies such as Machine Learning and Big Data are promising candidates to unlock greater utilization by changing existing maintenance practices towards condition based maintenance. Both, mechanical assets such a locomotives and railcars as well as infrastructure assets such as tracks will benefit from this change, as maintenance and impending failure become predictable. Successful implementations include monitoring track geometry/rail condition, brake systems, and wheel health to name a few.
While the predictive capabilities are improving, other factors that are integral for the success of Railway PHM still require more attention. These include data acquisition, storage and transmission on unpowered assets such as freight railcars, network infrastructure for monitoring train make up, and lastly, creating appropriate value chains to offset initial investment costs.
The panel is made up of experts from various railroad markets across the globe and will thus offer a well-rounded overview of differing perspectives. The panelists will present their unique backgrounds and discuss their experiences with Railway PHM projects and the impacts PHM has been able to make. The panel will be concluded with a discussion about the future of Railway PHM, where the panelists see the most pressing need for improvements, and where the greatest opportunities are.
List of Panelists:
Raphael Pfaff, FH Aachen
Pierre Dersin, Alstom
David Siegel, Predictronics
Gang Niu, Institute of Rail Transit at Tonji University