CEMOSA, specialist in Engineering Services and Quality Control, presented during the final event of In2Smart held in Naples their results on the study A Prospective Analysis of Earthworks in the UK developed for Network Rail, the infrastructure manager of the UK.

In2Smart (Intelligent Innovative Smart Maintenance of Assets by integRated Technologies) is a project co-funded by the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. In2Smart aims to contribute to the overall concept of Intelligent Asset Management applied to the railway sector and based on state-of-the-art techniques in monitoring, data analytics and decision support.

During the event, CEMOSA presented an interactive demonstrator of their results. This was shown next to other demonstrators from important players in the European railway industry such as Deutsche Bahn, Hitachi Rail or Strukton Rail.

The overall objective of the study performed by CEMOSA was to improve different aspects of the earthworks maintenance process in the UK by applying carefully selected data mining techniques and using the information extracted from them to build an Intelligent Asset Management System (IAMS) at the strategic level.

The different research areas in this study can be summarised in four groups: the development of an anomaly detection methodology for earthworks; a process mining study to improve earthworks surveying operations; an analysis on the influence of climate change in the future degradation of earthworks and the development of a strategic IAMS model based on Petri Nets to investigate optimal intervention schemes to offset the effect of earthworks degradation under budget and resource constraints set by Network Rail.