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The 2018 FPRS speaker programme delved into the latest challenges and opportunities facing the sector in 2018.

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Sarah Fal, Programme Director, Technology
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    • 07:45 - 08:20
      • Registration and refreshments

        Welcome to the annual Fire Protection of Rolling Stock conference 2018. The dynamic programme this year is set to provoke industry-wide discussion and interaction amongst the diversity of attending parties. The on-site exhibition will enable interaction with top suppliers to provide fire safety solutions to ultimately maximise fire safety.

      • 08:20 - 08:30
        • Chair’s opening remarks

        • 08:30 - 09:00
          • Speaker

            Oscar Martos – Officer in the Field of Interoperability, European Railway Agency (ERA)

          Breaking down barriers: Is the universalisation of fire safety standards possible in order to create a global market?

          •Harmonisation of fire safety standards to overcome requirement barriers. Is it a realistic goal?

          •Overcoming local restrictions: Is it practical to universalise fire safety regulation? Will the universalisation of standards come at the detriment of local fire safety?

          •Free Trade Agreement: Impact and mutual acceptance of rolling stock material. If rolling stock material is certified in Europe, can it be traded elsewhere?

          •Following European efforts to develop a global set of common standards to expand market and facilitate international trade. Where are we in achieving this?

        • 09:00 - 09:30
          • Past Speaker

            Keith Mack – Engineering Standards Manager, Virgin Trains East Coast

          Application of new materials to update and refurbish Rolling Stock in order to innovate and comply with standard revisions

          •Change control: Assessing the pros and cons the view from the Train Operator.

          •Managing the change control process to give assurance that any new or different materials satisfy the relevant standards.

          •Installation of durable and reliable solutions for Rolling Stock maintenance and refurbishment.

          •Exposing the dangers of incorrect application of materials negatively affecting safety, reliability and life span of rolling stock.

          •Prevention of fire from other exterior components


        • 09:30 - 10:00
          • Session Reserved: Consilium

          • 10:00 - 10:30
          • Breaking down the EN45545 to review base regulations and highlight current revisions

            •Clarifying the application of standards whilst highlighting unclear paragraphs to be able to ensure full compliance.

            •Finding solutions to weight specific restrictions in order to achieve set goals and optimize performance.

            •Examining current revisions of the EN45545 (especially parts 1-7) and potential refurbishments to influence long-term planning.

            •Sharing experiences to increase awareness of current challenges and solutions.

          • 10:30 - 11:00
            • Session Reserved: Aero-X

            • 11:00 - 11:30
              • Morning refreshments and networking

                The exhibition will connect peers and providers whilst showcasing the latest safety solutions to facilitate fire protection on rolling stock and address challenges.

              • 11:30 - 12:00
                • Past Speaker

                  Paolo Masini – Director of Rolling Stock Engineering & Maintenance, Trenitalia

                Evaluating the possibility of engineering an open gangway to increase efficiency of rolling stock performance and passenger space

                •Identifying the benefits of having open gangway rolling stock beyond increased passenger space.

                •Questioning the fire safety implications an open gangway can have on passenger safety and the spread of fire and smoke.

                •Acquiring solutions to reduce the fire safety implications of open gangways with the aim of making continuous trains the new norm.

                •Case study: How have they been able to build continuous vehicles? What practical implications has it had on fire safety measures such as evacuation routes and fire/smoke containment?

              • 12:00 - 12:30
              • Fire Simulation on rolling stock from the perspective of a manufacturer

                •Providing a general overview in fire simulations whilst pinpointing its benefits in manufacturing.

                •Focusing on the need for standardisation in fire simulation to fire simulation harmonisation.

                •Highlighting the current effort and upcoming actions from the perspective of Bombadier Transportation.

              • 12:30 - 13:00
                • Session Reserved: Milwaukee Composites

                • 13:00 - 14:00
                  • Lunch and networking

                    The dynamic programme this year is set to provoke industry-wide discussion and interaction amongst the diversity of attending parties. The on-site exhibition will enable interaction with top suppliers to provide fire safety solutions to ultimately maximise fire safety.

                  • 14:00 - 14:30
                  • Case study: application of the EN50553 and CFD simulation

                  • 14:30 - 15:00
                  • Alternative energies for the future of railway transportation: the point of view of fire protection

                    • Fire protection aspects of railway vehicles powered by alternative energy sources

                    • Trends and challenges

                    • Introducing the SUVEREN research project

                  • 15:00 - 15:30
                    • Past Speaker

                      Aurelio Rojo Garrido – President, Spanish Fire Protection Engineers Association (APICI)

                    Using active system solutions as a means of meeting and exceeding fire safety requirements

                    •Water technology: Debating the benefits of water technology as a n active fire fighting measure whilst considering the potential damage of rolling stock and ways of reducing the damage.

                    •Gas extinguishing technology: Despite the health implications it can cause for passengers, is gas technology a viable alternative to water technologies?

                    •Reviewing the developments in Halon gas solutions. Will it ever be safe for industrial purposes?

                    •Identifying the reduction of emergency evacuation routes as a result of the installation of active systems and assessing how this leads to cost savings.

                  • 15:30 - 15:45
                    • Speaker

                      Christoph Zander – Development and Project Management, ContiTech Railway Solutions
                    • Speaker

                      Jérôme Racine – Key Account Manager, ContiTech Railway Solutions

                    Implementing EN45545-2 for air springs and rubber-to-metal springs

                  • 15:45 - 16:15
                    • Afternoon refreshments and networking

                      The conference will be an open space to share experiences, identify challenges and offer solutions. As a result, encouragement is placed on forging new mutually beneficial relationships and exchanging information.

                    • 16:15 - 16:45
                      • Past Speaker

                        Graham Neil – Head of Rolling Stock, Transport For London

                      Case Study: Showcasing London Underground as a leading operator in fire safety

                      •Highlighting the benefits of using fire resistant materials opposed to active systems that are heavy in weight and reduce passenger space. •Determining whether price and quality are a necessary trade-off when achieving optimum fire safety standards. •Considering the unprecedented challenges caused by passenger behaviour affecting fire safety measures (get someone from London Underground). •London Underground Fire Tests.

                    • 16:45 - 17:15
                      • Past Speaker

                        Tony Cash – International President, Rail Industry Fire Association
                      • Speaker

                        Benjamin Mossop – Chairman, Rail Industry Fire Association

                      Brexit: what will this mean for rolling stock fire safety in the UK and Europe?

                      A Q&A session with Ben Mossop, RIFA Chairman and Tony Cash, RIFA International President •Will rolling stock fire safety standards begin to decline in the UK post-Brexit?

                      •Is there a threat of non-compliance with EN 45545?

                      •What does this mean for European railway interoperability and the SRT TSI?

                      •Will Brexit kill all chances of the universalisation of fire safety standards in Europe?

                    • 17:15 - 17:25
                      • Chair’s summary and close of conference

                      • 18:00 - 19:00
                        • Milwaukee Drinks Reception