Infrastructure is an integral part of railroad operations and any disruption could have far reaching impacts. To insure that infrastructure compromise is minimized and in addition to planning and design, information collected by sensing technologies can be instrumental in the operational decision-making process. Recent developments in AI have enabled efficient pattern recognition of visual images for improving railroad security. Advances in remote sensing technology have also enabled engineers to rapidly interrogate surface and subsurface conditions of railroad infrastructure for effective damage detection and structural health monitoring. The strategic combination of sensing technologies with existing security measures can lead to a safe, secure and resilient railroad infrastructure.
In this session, we will focus on the infrastructure of rail operations. We will discuss why infrastructure is critical and list potential threats and vulnerabilities, plus their consequences. This session will also identify how to plan and design using sensing and monitoring methods to protect rail operations.
1. Determine and understand the infrastructure critical to operations.
2. Identify the threats and vulnerabilities to the infrastructure and potential consequences.
3. Determine how, by effective planning and design, infrastructure can be made robust and resilient.
4. Discuss appropriate sensing and monitoring methods to protect the infrastructure from compromise.
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