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Research project: RSSB Data Sandbox+ Project: IntelliDwellTime

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GeoData are working with rail research colleagues in the Transportation Research Group, rail industry partners (Porterbrook and Scotrail) and data science industry collaborators (ElastaCloud) to develop a project which will deliver innovative data-driven solutions to operational performance challenges, focused on reducing dwell time variations between trains at stations.

Fundings source: RSSB (Railway Safety and Standards Board Limited)

Building on a successful Data Sandbox Feasibility study, which focused on predicting and mitigating small fluctuations in station dwell, the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) have funded a follow-on Data Sandbox+ project to expand and further develop the methodologies and bring them to new industry partners, within a real world environment. The project will contribute to better measuring and understanding of performance, thereby reducing other delays and enabling better management of disruptions.

Our novel IntelliDwellTime (IDT) project is a demonstrator making the most of collating and analysing data which is currently under-exploited. IDT will take data from units which ScotRail has recently fitted with new sensors. Porterbrook’s data science partner ElastaCloud will combine it with other sources to create a "Minimum Viable", pre-commercial product. The University team are providing expertise on rail data analysis, modelling and visualisation to the project.

Our IDT project will enable finalisation and production roll-out of the analysis software that we will create, adding value by reducing delay minutes and hence enabling fleets to remain cost-effective in the UK rail market. We will also establish the potential for real-time outputs to feedback directly into active operational performance management.

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