Over this past year or so, an increasing number of conversations with Rail and Infrastructure Clients have been around Digital Engineering, and in particular, Digital Twins (a Digital Twin is a digital representation of a physical asset, process, or system, as well as the engineering information that enables organisations to understand and model its performance). This focus is due to the potential technology has to improve design, increase asset reliability, and ultimately, the performance of assets. However, given Rail is a very traditional and safety-sensitive industry now operating on tighter budgets/shorter deadlines/increased legislation; change and the adoption of this new technology can be slow and challenging.
We all know that Rail, at times, can struggle to truly embrace change because of the ‘potential risks’ associated with moving away from tried and tested methods. However, due to Rail being highly complex from a networks and systems perspective, technology can provide the opportunity to innovate and change the way rail networks operate.
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