RSSB is making £250,000 available via RRUKA to fund a number of academic-led feasibility studies to respond to the challenge of improving maintenance by applying robotics and autonomous system technology to reduce whole-life costs and/or assist humans with monotonous and labour intensive tasks.
The objective of this call is to establish a number of cross-disciplinary consortia to conduct research into novel applications of robotic and autonomous system technology for train maintenance, inspection and servicing in order to:
- reduce operating costs;
- improve the speed and efficiency of maintenance practices;
- reduce risk to maintenance personnel.
The competition is open to all interested academics from all relevant departments. Cross departmental collaboration is highly recommended.
An information day was held on 20 October alongside the UAV/Robotics Innovation Show at the ExCeL, London. Read this article to find out more.
Interesting videos about train cleaning, maintenance and refurbishing are available at this link: http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/station-information/train-cleaning-and-refurbishment/
Additional networking opportunities
Please note that “Ask the expert” and “Consortia building” sessions will be facilitated via the webinar hub on the following days:
- Friday 20th Nov (11:30am – noon) Experts available from: Chiltern Railway, Govia Thameslink Railway, Northern Rail, RSSB
- Monday 23rd Nov (1 – 1:30pm) Experts available from: Govia Thameslink Railway, Northern Rail, Network Rail, RSSB
- Tuesday 24th Nov (3 – 3:30pm) Experts available from: Chiltern Railway, Virgin Trains East Coast, Network Rail, RSSB
- Thursday 26th Nov (11:30 – noon) Experts available from: Virgin Trains East Coast, RSSB
Please sign in on the webinar hub and visit the ‘Live Feed’ page.
Please find all relevant documents below:
Robotics – Call for Research Brief (1606KB pdf file)
Project Proposal – TEMPLATE (672KB docx file)
Master Pricing Sheet (incl. in Project Proposal Template) (69MB xls file)
Draft Grant Agreement (39KB docx file)
|Feasibility studies proposals due||22 January 2016|
|Winning bids will be announced||Early February 2016|
|Feasibility studies due to start||March 2016|
|Project outcomes presentations at the RRUKA Annual Conference||November 2017|