Voestalpine Schienen GmbH, a leading international steel based technology and capital goods group, has introduced a one-of-its-kind, interactive life-cycle cost tool for Dubai’s railway system at the ongoing 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). Trade visitors to the exhibition can interactively calculate benefits of life-cycle cost and CO2 savings. 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. Voestalpine is also presenting new rail steel grades, highly digitalized integrated rail system solutions, and a wide range of services at the show. Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are all regarded throughout the world as pioneers in digitalized railway infrastructures. For the first time, voestalpine has now received two major orders to develop and supply high-tech monitoring systems in Germany and Austria. Voestalpine is playing a key role in extending China’s high-speed rail network as a recognized specialist for high-speed turnouts.
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