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​CBTC Conference 2018

 The Conference


The IRSE is delighted to announce that the third CBTC conference will be held in November 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

The conference is about "Communication Based Train Control and Beyond" and is on Thiursday 29th and Friday 30th November 2018.  It is again sold out.

The agenda is:

Thursday 29th November

07:00 Registration and continental breakfast

08:45 Opening by Yousef Kimiagar, IRSE Chair Organizing Committee, Vice President Transit Rail Systems Gannett Fleming

09:00 Welcome from Dr Markus Montigel, IRSE President,

09:15 Keynote address from Rick Leary, CEO TTC.

09:30 Is there a place for Fixed Block Train Control in 21st century rail transit? by Jonathan Hulse, Senior Technical Director and Rail Systems Practice Lead - Parsons Corporation

10:00 Inspiring confidence - CBTC end user experience by ​Michael Hazlett, Manager Transit Control Subway Transportation TTC and Andrew Dixon, Manager Rail Transportation Training TTC

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 CBTC for light rail - Eglinton project update by Joe Greco, Senior Technical Sales Engineer, Rail Control Solutions Bombardier and Ash Majumdar, Eglinton Project Manager, Bombardier

11:30 CBTC case study - MTA Maryland's experience with a brown field installation by Vernon Hartsock, Chief Engineer, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Sponsors' recognition

13:00 NYCT Flushing project by Gregoire Sulmont, New York Operation Director, Thales

13:30 The ATC challenge for multiple CBTC upgrages by Laurent Fontaine, Senior Consultant, Systra USA

14:00 New York City Transit Signalling - testing new technology for CBTC acceleration by Stuart Landau, Train Control and Signalling Consultant, Parsons Corporation and Nagaratnam Rabindran, Engineering Manager, Parsons Corporation

14:30 Coffee break

15:00 Beyond good design: maintenance and operational recovery strategies to minimize service disruptions by Nicholas Columbare, Solution Director, Alstom

15:30 Digitalization of CBTC deployment by Dr Andreas Steingroever, Senior Principal Key Expert Rail Automation Solutions, Siemens

16:00 Is stacking trains with CBTC worth the risk? by Justin Edenbaum, Founder of Never Gray and Matthew Butcher, Operations and Modelling Specialist, Rail Systems Engineering WSP

16:30 Lessons in implementing CBTC in brownfield environment on London Four Line Modernization (4LM) project by Shantilal Morar, Technical Director 4LM Project Thales

17:00 Adjourn for the day

Friday 30th November

Note: PPE is not required. Photography is not allowed.

08:00 Boarding on the TTC Bus at Fairmont Royal York West Entrance (York)

09:00 Arrive at TTC Hilcrest Operation and Maintenance facility. Registration with security.

09:00 Security Moment - Orientation - Technical Tour Instruction. Badges split the attendees to group A and group B.

09:15 Group A visit to Operation Control Centre Building. Group B TTC presentation in conference room.

10:15 Group A TTC presentation in conference room. Group B visit to Operatio Control Centre Building.

11:15 All return to conference room

11:30 TTC Bus return to Fairmont Royal York

12:00 Technical tour adjourns


THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - Please click here for details of how to register your interest and be put onto the waiting list (recommended browser Internet Explorer).

If you do not have an IRSE login, please register by clicking here - you will receive a confirmation from the IRSE in a few working days. You will then be able to register your interest for the CBTC conference via the above link.


Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1E3.

For directions click here


The IRSE are proud to announce the following sponsors:


 Platinium Sponsor: Alstom


 Platinum Sponsor: Gannett Fleming

Gannett Fleming

 Platinum Sponsor: Wabtec Railway Electronics

Wabtec Railway Electronics

 Platinum Sponsor: WSP


 Gold Sponsor: CBTC Solutions

CBTC Solutions

 Gold Sponsor: Green Aspects

Green Aspects

 Gold Sponsor: Hatch


 Gold Sponsor: Parsons