Railinc now has a full series of town hall meetings and a training schedule for the new Umler Equipment Management Information System (Umler/EMIS). The meetings begin in June and will be held in Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas. Live online webinars are scheduled to begin in late May. Registration for the town hall meetings and webinars is now open on the Railinc website at
“Umler users can begin to participate in many training activities right now, including test driving the new system,” says Railinc’s Alan McDonald, director of the EMIS Project. “The Umler/EMIS ‘sandbox’ lets equipment owners and their agents practice the basic functions of the system without incurring any penalties for mistakes. A new system means there is much to learn. Many resources are now available online, such as the user guide, data spec manual, web demos, and the Umler/EMIS sandbox—just for starters. User training for Umler/EMIS also includes a ‘go-guide’ to help users get ready for the system; web demos covering key system functions; training webinars; and other critical reference materials.”
McDonald says that, although critical milestones remain before the system can be implemented, Umler/EMIS is on-track and on-target for launch on July 25, 2009.