Rail Solutions Asia 2018: Event Recap

May 15, 2018
Find out what took place at Rail Solutions Asia 2018 in Malaysia!

Rail Solutions Asia 2018: Event Recap

One of Asia’s best railway shows, the annual Rail Solutions Asia is not just an exhibition and conference rolled into one but also the Annual Congress of the Asian Railway Operators Association (AROA). The 2018 edition took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 2 – 4.

If you weren’t able to attend, here’s what you missed:

High Speed Rail dominated discussions

As you know, the High Speed Rail (HSR) line running from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is one of the most high profile projects in the region. We received an update on its progress from Rina Meileene Adam of MyHSR Malaysia in her presentation, Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail Project – Gaining Momentum:

  • MyHSR aims to deliver a safe, reliable and sustainable high speed rail service to catalyse development in Malaysia.
  • Project Delivery Partners (PDPs) for north and south networks have been awarded.
  • Tenders to come in at the end of this year.
  • Land acquisition work will commence at the end of 2018.
  • The project is expected to be completed by 2026.
  • The project is considered a ‘game-changer’ by Malaysia and Singapore’s governments.
  • Both countries are discussing how they will regulate a joint asset.

Ms Adam said the HSR trains would travel at a speed of up to 320kmph and change the travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes. She also showed us some design concepts for stations, which were inspired by Malaysia’s heritage and cultural diversity – here is the concept for the Seremban station, which pays homage to Sri Menanti Palace in Negeri Sembilan:

Seremban Station Concept Rail Solutions Asia 2018

We also had a presentation from Marco Sung, the Section Chief of Taiwan’s Bureau of High Speed Rail (BOHSR) on their achievements after 11 years of operations. Taiwan’s HSR has a stellar reputation, and with good reason: they have never had a severe passenger injury or fatality, punctuality stats sit at 99.5% and reliability at 99.97%.

When asked what the key factor to BOHSR’s success was, Mr Sung said that having a team that works with passion was paramount. He also said that BOHSR was happy to share its experience with others seeking to emulate their success.

Presentation by Trapeze Group

John Aniceto Trapeze Group presenting on optimising assets through condition-based maintenance


I presented on the second day of Rail Solutions Asia in the Operations & Maintenance Workshop on how rail operators could avoid high maintenance costs and safety risks while optimising their assets through condition-based maintenance. Here is a summary of my speech:

Optimising Assets Through Condition-Based Maintenance

A rail operator who experiences downtime as a result of asset failure will face severe consequences: very high costs, potential safety risks and potentially penalties due to non-compliance with standards. However, there is something that you can do to avoid this.

In my presentation, I shared several examples of rail transport authorities from North America and Asia who were able to optimise their assets through condition-based maintenance (CBM). 

“We’ve had a dramatic reduction in cost and reduced road calls since we changed to a predictive maintenance model.”

Darren Curry, Chief Mechanical Officer of Metro Transit St. Louis

Briefly, these organisations experienced maintenance cost savings, increased mean time between failure (MTBF) and increased team efficiency thanks to greater visibility of data in the Trapeze enterprise asset management (EAM) system.

View the full presentation here

Numerous networking opportunities

Without a doubt, the networking opportunities were the real highlight of Rail Solutions Asia. It was great to catch up with many familiar faces from the Southeast Asian region, including our client MRT Corp who own and operate Malaysia’s Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT); MMC-Gamuda; Prasarana Malaysia; Rapid Rail; Philippine National Railways; and Light Rail Manila Corp.

John Aniceto Trapeze Group Enterprise Asset Management for Rail



Last month at Asia Pacific Rail, I noticed that asset reliability was the subject of many discussions. This time, I observed a trend of emphasis on visibility, analysis and forecasting of asset data (and the accompanying challenges of these goals).

This continues the overall shift from reactive and preventive maintenance to condition-based and performance-based maintenance in Asia’s rail industry that I have seen in recent years – it is considered a necessity now to support RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) and FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System). Reliability management is definitely a hot topic and every rail professional needs to be thinking about this.

If you are keen to move your maintenance regime into maturity, get in touch with me through the form at the bottom of this page or follow me on LinkedIn.

Ben John Trapeze Group Rail Solutions Asia 2018

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