Rail Transport Mobility Optimization

Theme Artificial Intelligence
Project title Rail Transport Mobility Optimization (RTMO)
Project duration 01.09.2014 – 31.10.2015
Project scope is the development of a capacity management and optimization tool for an “end to end (e2e) integrated rail supply chain (SC)” from the rail hub/feeder line of the shipping customer, to the rail hub/feeder line of the receiving customer. The combination of the currently different IT systems and processes of the industrial partner with those of the rail operator (RO) creates a unified transport information system, which results in an efficiency increase for both companies in logistics and production. The optimization of available transport resources by the RO by means of coordinated planning and execution of process activities and thereby simultaneously possible optimization of (un)loading capacities at customer site allows for a better use of resources and increase in efficiency for both companies. Through this first of its kind cross-enterprise-wide planning and coordination of rail logistics processes, customers are ensured of a competitive, jet sustainable, e2e integrated rail logistics service for goods supply.

Publications about the project

More and more people want to live in the cities. Space is getting scarce – not only living space but space for offices, streets, parking, railways and stations. Will urban infrastructure still be sufficient in the future? And how can we use urban space as efficiently as possible?

material flow simulation, traffic

Will the freight depot still be large enough in ten years – or is it necessary to built new rails? An austrian company wanted an answer to this question – and IPH was able to help with a detailed material flow simulation.

material flow simulation, railway traffic

Economic growth in Germany and Europe secures jobs and prosperity. However, the impacts on our environment are often negative. Because more goods are produced and the consumption increases, traffic and thus the greenhouse gas emissions rise. In order to keep these emissions as low as possible, the stated goal is to shift transport from road to rail. Thats why many terminal stations are preparing for rising turnover figures. However, the problem of maximizing throughput capacities is unsolved. To answer this question, the IPH has developed an innovative, event-discrete model used in a material flow simulation based on the software Plant Simulation.

connection station, simulation model, material flow simulation


The project no. 845332 received funding from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).


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