BNSF, Wabtec Advancing the Future of Motive Power

In a wide-ranging interview with Railway Age in December 2018, BNSF’s then-Executive Chairman Matt Rose had this to say about the future of locomotive propulsion technology:

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2019 Finalists Announced

Bentley Systems Inc. has announced the finalists for its Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards program, which honors “the extraordinary work of Bentley software users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world.” Twelve independent jury panels of industry experts selected the 54 finalists from 571 nominations submitted by more than 440 organizations in more than 60 countries.

CP: Changes at the Top

In what that railroad is describing as “part of the next stage of its transformational journey,” Canadian Pacific is making changes in some senior-level executive positions, following two retirements.

Gehl Named RECO COO

Railway Equipment Co. (RECO) has named Russ Gehl as Chief Operating Officer, with leadership responsibility for all operations at the company’s headquarters in Minnesota. He rejoins RECO after serving as Vice President of Maintenance-of-Way Sales at Holland Company, “where he drove consistent growth for Class I and International,” the company said.

CP joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

Canadian Pacific has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). In joining the alliance, CP is supporting BiTA’s mission of producing blockchain standards that allow for interoperability between participants in the global supply chain.

Realizing the Potential for Digital Twins in Rail

Digital twins have become one of the most talked about topics because of their promise to leverage innovation to improve design, visually enhance collaboration, and increase asset reliability and performance. However, rail is a very traditional and safety-sensitive industry, and with the backdrop of owner-operators and project delivery firms needing to work within tighter budgets, shorter deadlines, and with increased legislation, change can be slow and challenging.

Autonomous Trucks—In a Railyard

COAST Autonomous, a developer of autonomous vehicle technologies for urban and campus environments, is deploying self-driving vehicles at the Kinney County Railport (KCRP), which is operated by Harbor Rail Services of California on behalf of Union Pacific, reports Robotics Business Review.

Elsborg appointed DART Chief Innovation Officer

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has named Gregory Elsborg its first Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer. Elsborg is tasked with forming new business partnerships, growing DART’s “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) options and leveraging technology.

Ethics Issues in the Engineering Profession

Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor, and dignity of the profession by using their knowledge and skills for the enhancement of human welfare, by being honest and impartial, by serving with fidelity to public, their employers and clients, by striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession, and by supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.

Ken Lawson, 1928-2019

Kenneth Leslie Lawson, who enjoyed a distinguished career in railway engineering, planning and research and development, died at his home Bluemont, Va., June 19, 2019. He was 90.