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NWO funding for FEB research into management of rail assets

20 November 2012
Klingenberg and Teunter
Klingenberg and Teunter

Researchers dr.ir. Warse Klingenberg en prof.dr. Ruud Teunter of the Faculty of Economics & Business (FEB) of the University of Groningen will participate in the research program Explorail, founded by The NWO Division for the Social Sciences (NWO MaGW), Technology Foundation STW and ProRail. The overall aim of the program is to acquire new insights and techniques to prevend and better solve disturbances. The experts of the research program Asset Management were recently also granted two other national research projects.

Cooperation between universities and companies

The project in which Klingenberg and Teunter will participate is aimed at the development of a new methodology for the management of the rail assets. The objective is to guard the safety and reliability of the rail assets for the long term and to translate this into cooperation and agreements with the contractors executing the maintenance.

Klingenberg and Teunter will cooperate with the TU Delft, prof. dr. ir. Bart De Schutter (project leader), Delft Center for Systems & Control, dr. Zili Li and ir. Lambert Houben, Road & Railway Engineering. These three groups will each recruit a PhD-candidate. The universities will cooperate with ProRail, Strukton, Movares, DeltaRail and Arcadis. The name of the project is ‘Multi-party risk management and key performance indicator design at the whole system level’.

More Asset Management research in Groningen

The University of Groningen recently announced that the project ‘Coordinated advance maintenance and logistics planning for the process industries’ was granted by Dinalog. This project is also part of the Asset Management research program at the Faculty of Economics & Business and will be carried out by Teunter, Klingenberg and PhD-candidate Minou Olde Keizer, who will commence on December 1st 2012.

A third Asset Management project was started in June 2011 and aims to develop ways to better use operational information and condition data in maintenance. Partners are the Dutch Institute for World Class Maintenance and a consortium of NAM, Gasunie, Essent, Wärtsilä, Nedtrain, Stork Technical Services, the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) and the Brabant Development Agency. This project is carried out by Klingenberg, Teunter, dr.ir. Tiedo Tinga (NLDA) and PhD-candidate Bram de Jonge.


Contacts for Asset Management research:

-prof. dr. ir. Ruud Teunter
Last modified:12 February 2018 2.59 p.m.

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