Rail transport requires long-term planning of all operational resources: Train paths need to be ordered from the network operator, and vehicle and personnel availability needs to be checked in advance. At the same time, volatile conditions such as short-notice train path changes create challenges for planners and dispatch managers.

IVU.rail’s integrated train path management function helps them to tackle such highly complex tasks by allowing them to view the latest train path that has been planned and published by the network operator in IVU.rail and incorporate it into operational timetable and vehicle scheduling.

The module has an option for importing transport paths into IVU.rail via interfaces regardless of whether the current timetable is being edited or not. The system already supports the upcoming European TAF/TAP TSI standards for digitalising train path applications.

The system also provides a train path history. It enables planners to analyse train path changes before transferring them to the scheduled trains. For instance, there may be a difference between ordered and received train paths or an update to a train path because of infrastructure work or timetable changes.

An integrated conflict management also makes planners aware of technical conflicts between a train and a scheduled train path such as formation restrictions, maximum weight and other infrastructure requirements. To support the tracking of changes over time, timetable planners can manually determine if they want to change the train and its trips to match the new train path. The adjustment process that follows is automatic to reduce error-prone and time-consuming manual edits. The graphical dispatch view displays and filters emerging vehicle dispatch conflicts automatically using a colour code. This allows dispatch managers in the control centre to keep track of ongoing conflict situations at all times.