Timetable Management And Operational Simulation: Methodology And Perspectives
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This article summarizes the fundamental basics for the timetable management of the future. The advantages of a microscopic database and some options for its smart utilisation are shown. After describing some important areas of application of the microscopic methodology, some practical experiences are discussed. The \“Seven-Step-Model” is a first attempt to provide a methodology for using microscopic models. The description of the process highlights the iterative approach. The presented methodology can be used for the evaluation of the effort and time requirements for various planning tasks. The article closes with an outlook and a discussion about solving the problems of the planning task in the future. Keywords: methodology of planning of railway operation, timetable construction, operational railway simulation. 1 Introduction The timetable management is a key process for any railway company (RC) or train operating company (TOC). The general goal is a better timetable construction and the provision of a reliable train operation. This goal can be achieved with the RailSys simulation software. Over the last few years, the technology has been established that allows for the handling of very large networks and more than 10,000 trains in one single RailSys model [1, 2]. Therefore, it is now possible to determine the effects of conflicts between trains, or the propagation of delays in networks of any size and complexity. The operational simulation of railways supports this process. Predicting the robustness of a timetable is a critical issue for the future. With the help of
methodology of planning of railway operation, timetable construction, operational railway simulation.