Voestalpine Schienen, a leading international steel based technology and capital goods group, has introduced a one-of-its-kind, interactive life-cycle cost tool for the region’s railway system at the Middle East Rail 2017 in Dubai, UAE.
Harsh environmental conditions like desert landscape require the most resistant rail steels to resist rapid rail degradation. However, voestalpine’s tool enables infrastructure managers to evaluate various rail-related procurement and maintenance strategies as well as to determine costs over the entire life cycle (LCC).
The system allows users to select a variety of parameters including the type of operation, track radius, load, and the rail grinding regime as well as the rate of metal removal to determine the ideal solution in terms of cost over the life of the rail, it stated.
Commenting on the novel tool, Lukas Prettner of the product management unit, said: “Ultimately, the longest possible service lives combined with lowest maintenance necessities lead to maximum customer benefit in an economical point of view. This is a well-known fact as depreciation costs in infrastructure usually represent the majority of the costs, which decreases enormously by longer component service lives.”
Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are all regarded throughout the world as pioneers in digitalised railway infrastructures. For the first time, Vestalpine has now received two major orders to develop and supply high-tech monitoring systems in Germany and Austria.
In addition to numerous other projects outside Europe, Voestalpine is playing a key role in extending China’s high-speed rail network as a recognised specialist for high-speed turnouts, revealed Prettner.
In the short-distance traffic sector, the Austrian group has also won other important contracts in Asia to supply special turnouts for construction of the rapid transit railway in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and for the metros in Bangkok, Thailand, Ho Chi Min City in Vietname and Doha, Qatar.
Besides, Voestalpine is supplying more than 26,000 tonnes of sophisticated high-quality rails for what is currently the world’s largest metro project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, together with the corresponding turnout and transmission technology.