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Railways 2012
The First International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
18-20 April 2012
Railways have always played a significant role in the development of the wealth creation capabilities of society. The early roman wagonways, the steam driven railways during the industrial revolution and the electric railways of the late nineteenth and twentieth century are just a few of the railway systems that have played a vital role in past infrastructure development. The search for a fast, reliable and cost effective means of transport that presents better energy efficiency and less impact on the environment has resulted in renewed interest and rapid development in railway technology. Over the last few years a number of very successful special sessions have been held on railway technology in the Civil-Comp Conference series. The first Civil-Comp Conference dedicated to Railway Technology will therefore be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2012.
The range of topics to be considered during this Conference includes (but is not limited to):

Rolling Stock

  • Rolling stock design, manufacture and maintenance
  • Modelling and Simulation: Railway dynamics, Structural analysis, Crashworthiness, Wheel-rail interaction, Pantograph-catenary dynamics, Wear and Fatigue
  • High speed trains
  • Light railways and trams
  • Technologies to increase freight capacity
  • Bogies technology
  • Field and laboratory testing
  • Performance and optimisation
  • Aerodynamics and crosswind
  • Noise, vibration and comfort
  • Traction and braking
  • Safety, security and reliability
  • Ergonomics and interior design
  • Railway structures: Bridges, tunnels and transition zones
  • Track design, construction and maintenance
  • Interaction of vehicles with the infrastructure
  • Foundations
  • Track monitoring
  • Trackbeds: Sleepers and ties
  • Geotechnical aspects: Earthworks, embankments, stabilisation
  • Technologies for track defects detection
  • Station design
Energy and Environment
  • Re-use of kinetic energy
  • Energy sources and smart grids
  • Hybrid traction and power trains
  • Sustainable rail transport
Signalling and communication
  • ERTMS - European Rail Traffic Management System
  • ITS - Information and Technology Systems
  • Railway systems operation
  • Traffic management
  • Interoperability
  • Intermodal solutions
  • Customer interfaces
  • Timetabling
  • Logistics
Strategies and Economics
  • Railway transport: Capacity and cost
  • Track access charges
  • Cost implications
  • Pricing
  • Planning and policies
  • Future trends in railway engineering
  • Railways: History, heritage and education
Conference Flyer
Download the conference flyer for distribution to colleagues.
Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. Papers should be submitted directly to the Conference Editor who will inform the special session organisers. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date. Please also notice the important dates.

For more information about the aims and scope of each session, please click the session title (where available) for a specific session call.

Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including ten to sixteen papers and an optional special lecture are welcome. Proposals for special sessions may be sent to the Conference Editor by email (railways2012 AT

Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Editor is Dr J. Pombo (IDMEC-IST, Lisbon, Portugal).

The members of the editorial board for this conference are: Prof. J.E. Abdalla Filho, Brazil; Prof. J.A.C. Ambrósio, Portugal; Prof. L. Baeza, Spain; Prof. A. Bracciali, Italy; Prof. S. Bruni, Italy; Dr D.L. Cadet, France; Prof. R. Calçada, Portugal; Dr R.L. Chen, China; Dr S. Churba, UK; Prof. K. Dang Van, France; Prof. G. Degrande, Belgium; Prof. R. Delgado, Portugal; Prof. Z. Dimitrovová, Portugal; Dr D.J. Edwards, UK; Prof. J.L. Escalona, Spain; Prof. E. Esmailzadeh, Canada; Dr A. Facchinetti, Italy; Prof. P. Fisette, Belgium; Dr E. Fortunato, Portugal; Dr P. Galvín, Spain; Dr A. Gastañares, Spain; Prof. J. Gerlici, Slovakia; Prof. J.M. Goicolea, Spain; Prof. A. Gomes Correia, Portugal; Dr M. Hartnett, Ireland; Dr P. Hölscher, Netherlands; Dr L. Hornicek, Czech Republic; Prof. B. Indraratna, Australia; Prof. S. Iwnicki, UK; Dr J. Jaiswal, UK; Dipl.-Ing. I. Kaiser, Germany; Dr E. Kassa, Sweden; Dr P. Koziol, Poland; Dr N. Kuka, France; Dr R. Lewis, UK; Dr Q.S. Li, Hong Kong; Dr Z. Li, Netherlands; Prof. J. Máca, Czech Republic; Dr M. Malvezzi, Italy; Dr V. Markine, Netherlands; Dr M.D. Martínez-Rodrigo, Spain; Prof. M. Matos Neves, Portugal; Dr T. Mazilu, Romania; Prof. A. Metrikine, Netherlands; Prof. P. Museros Romero, Spain; Dr J. Náprstek, Czech Republic; Dr M. Novales, Spain; Prof. U. Olofsson, Sweden; Prof. J.C.F. Pereira, Portugal; Prof. M.S. Pereira, Portugal; Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Proppe, Germany; Dr F.G. Rauter, Portugal; Dr A. Rindi, Italy; Mr A. Robinet, France; Dr A. Roda Buch, Spain; Prof. M. Rosário Macário, Portugal; Dr J. Santamaria, Spain; Prof. A.A. Shabana, USA; Prof. G. Shen, China; Dr M.J.M.M. Steenbergen, Netherlands; Dr B. Suarez, Spain; Prof. Y. Suda, Japan; Prof. H. Sugiyama, Japan; Prof. P.F. Teixeira, Portugal; Prof. Y. Terumichi, Japan; Dr N. Thom, UK; Prof. B.H.V. Topping, UK; Dr J. Tunna, USA; Dr S. Urushadze, Czech Republic; Dr J. Vinolas, Spain; Dr P.K. Woodward, UK; Dr V. Yazykov, Russia; Dr D. Younesian, Iran; Dr K.E. Zaazaa, USA; Prof. K. Zboinski, Poland; Prof. W.M. Zhai, China;

This list is incomplete. More members will be added in due course.

Conference Proceedings
The conference proceedings are published by Civil-Comp Press and Saxe-Coburg Publications and will be available on the first day of the conference. All papers are assigned DOIs and will appear on the online repository The proceedings volumes have an ISBN; are part of a series with its own ISSN; and are submitted to several abstracting/indexing services.
Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is the NH Imperial Playa Hotel in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

All presentations, lunches and coffee breaks will be at this location. For information on how to get to the venue, click here.

Accommodation is available at several hotels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Special rates have been negotiated with the conference venue hotel (NH Imperial Playa Hotel) and a nearby hotel (NH Playa Las Canteras). To make use of these special rates, bookings have to be made using the bedroom booking form. Alternatively you may book your accommodation directly with your travel agent.
Please check with your travel agent or the Spanish embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter Spain. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time.

With the current international situation it is difficult for many countries to issue visas without undertaking a lengthy process. If the Spanish embassy in your country requires a letter of invitation, please contact Civil-Comp Press and we will supply this, on condition that your paper has been accepted by the Conference Editor. If the Embassy requires a letter of invitation issued by a Spanish organisation, we recommend that you contact the hotel where you have made your room bookings.

Media Partner

The Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit is devoted to engineering in its widest interpretation applicable to rail and rapid transit. At a time of considerable change in the industry, it provides a continuing means of sharing technical knowledge, ideas and developments. Journal website