Since April 2017 railway infrastructure management software is in our portfolio. In a first step, from Vienna the German-speaking area is addressed. The software comprises plants of all fields of the fixed infrastructure, in particular:
• Constructions & engineering structures (e.g.: tunnels, bridges, steel constructions)
• Substructure (e.g. drainages, passages)
• Superstructure (e.g. rails, points, overhead lines)
• Control and safety technology
• Electrical engineering
• Railway crossings
On the one hand, static data such as plant master data & organization structure, on the other hand, dynamic data such as measurement or inspection data, conditions, monitoring, faults, preventive as well as reactive maintenance measures inclusive of their planning but also train positions or route utilization are collected.
Unique selling points
• While other products model the route network by means of plant objects, INFRALIFE® works with an underlying topological network model in which the plants are locally allocated. Benefit: Local modifications of tracks or routes can be modeled flexibly and clearly and the modification history can be shown.
• The graphical route band by using line shape clearly visualizes the routes with located plants, including plant-specific data such as elevation profile, track measurement data, points measurement data, target/actual and threshold values, plant condition, costs or remaining useful life. The costs, e.g. data from SAP, can be displayed with location in GUI, for example maintenance costs for a concrete section and the selected plant types.
• In most cases, due to the integrated GIS (geographic information system), the use of expensive 3rd party GIS-software can be avoided and the needs of railway operators are directly addressed. For map material freely available sources such as Open Streetmap or Google Maps can be used.
• The “out of the box” standard configuration in particular comprises a plant portfolio out of which plant types can be chosen and, if necessary, adapted. This brings about less configuration expenditure in comparison to software in which the plant types need to be defined in detail at first.
• Asset management optimized for rail networks with integrated industry-specific know-how (terms, logic, etc.) and thus less training expenditure.
• INFRALIFE® can be introduced gradually & thus adapted to the budget. For instance: 1. At first, rails and points are mapped, 2. Overhead lines, 3. Train stations, 4. Railway crossings, succeded by further plant types.
• Thanks to web technology, a web browser serves as client software.
• Flexible interfaces – in particular:
–3rd party GIS
–ERP-systems (BMD, SAP)
–Diagnosis systems (points measurement values, track position)
–Supervisory control and data acquisition
–Train scheduling (train positions, track load)
Proven in practice – references:
• ÖBB Infrastruktur AG
• Wiener Lokalbahnen AG
• GKB Graz-Köflacher Bahn und Busbetrieb GmbH
• NÖVOG – Niederösterreichische Verkehrsorganisationsgesellschaft
• BLT Baselland Transport AG
• Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo
• infra Hannover
• MÁV Hungarian State Railways
• SŽ Slovenian Railways
• CFL Luxembourgian Railways
• Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
• EG Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn
Benefits for the infrastucture operator:
• Management tool for…
-Plants stock management
-Identification of technical weak points
-Identification of cost drivers
-Reduction of maintenance costs as well as of costs for operating complications
-Enhancement of the plant reliability and the transport safety
-Numerous evaluations & reports
• One central system for the whole infrastructure – benefits:
-The data are managed in one system only. This means less expenditure in comparison to several, often decentralized systems
-It also increases the data consistency
Since April 2017 ConVista Faktor Zehn GmbH operates as a sales and service partner of 3B infra infrastructure management systems GmbH (in short: 3B infra) which develops the software INFRALIFE®. The present GmbH based in Vienna was founded in 2007 and currently has around 12 employees. It is more focused on developing the software INFRALIFE® and on 3rd level support than on sales and 2nd level support. For strengthening these fields CF10 is consulted. As of the cooperation’s beginning in mid-2015 CF10 provided support in the topics software development, project implementation and operational organization.
The solution initially developed in 1998 for the Berlin transport services has now established itself as a flexible product for the technical plants accounting & the maintenance management of railway infrastructure. It is supplied with a “out of the box” standard configuration and is successfully used by more than ten railway operators.
For questions or leads Josef Prober (Vienna office) is at your disposal 🙂