Monday, May 8

Keynote I 

Chair: Andrea Arias, BNSF Railway

"Transforming the Supply Chain Landscape through Innovation"
Jon Gabriel, Vice President Network Strategy, Service Design & Innovation, BNSF Railway

Panel I: Current Service Design Organizational Structure and Practices

Chair/Moderator: Dharma Acharya, Wabtec

"BNSF Network Strategy Overview"
Doug Jones, AVP Bulk Operations, BNSF Railway
"Organization of Service Planning at CSX"
Mike Swain, Manager of Freight Car Systems - Service Planning, CSX
"Evolution of Service Design Strategy at Norfolk Southern"
Mike Bradley, Senior Director Network Optimization, Norfolk Southern
"Network Planning & Operations: Organizational Structure, Philosophy and Network Planning Process"
Simon Hjelm, General Director of Transportation Planning and Scheduling, Union Pacific

Topical Presentations I 

Chair: Carl Van Dyke, TransNetOpt

"The Swedish Experience Operating a Fully Reserved, Capacity Managed Wagonload Freight Rail Network"
Jonatan Gjerdrum, Head of Network Design and Analytics, Green Cargo - Sweden.
"Introducing the New Web-enabled MultiRail Enterprise for Railway Service Design and Network Analysis"
Yury Gorbunov, Director Surface Transportation Practice, Oliver Wyman

Keynote II 

Chair: Marc Meketon, Oliver Wyman

"The Growth Journey: Rounding the First Bend"
Adriene Bailey, Partner - Transportation Practice, Oliver Wyman

Panel II: Current Network and Resource Planning Practices 

Chair: Marc Meketon, Oliver Wyman

"Current Network and Resource Planning Practices"
Frank Anderson, AVP Network Development, BNSF Railway
"Infrastructure Planning: Experiences and Incremental Improvement"
Greg Hartley, Director Asset Planning and Quality, Canadian National
"Integration of Forecast, Plan and Resource Planning Processes at Norfolk Southern"
Stefano Rieppi, AVP Fleet and Capacity Planning, & Clark Cheng, Senior Director Operations Research, Norfolk Southern
"Resource Planning at Union Pacific"
Alexander Lovett, Manager Fleet Strategy, Union Pacific

Topical Presentations II 

Chair: Clark Cheng, Norfolk Southern

"Maximizing the Productivity of Rail Yards through Performance Focused Systems"
Daril Vilhena, Co-CEO, Cedar AI
"Solutions for the Management of Mine to Port Railways"
Ravi Ahuja, Founder/CEO, Optym
"RailEval, Rail System Simulator for Planning and Capacity Analysis"
Daniel Brod, CEO, Decisiontek
Tuesday, May 9

Topical Presentations III 

Chair: Roger Baugher, TrAnalytics

"Decision Support for Optimal Resource Scheduling in Classification Yards"
Henning Preis, Faculty, Technical University of Dresden
"Modeling the Network Effects of Yard Congestion and Disruptions"
C. Tyler Dick, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Panel III: Trends in Software Systems for Planning and Operations Execution

Chair: Carl Van Dyke, TransNetOpt

"Technology Trends in Support of Service Design and Operations/Resource Management"
Brian Faz, AVP Technology Services, & Stephanie Saylor, General Director Technology Services, BNSF Railway
"Technology and Operations Research Models for CSX Service Planning"
Shantih Spanton, Lead Senior Scientist/Manager Operations Research, & Mike Swain, Manager of Freight Car Systems - Service Planning, CSX
"Resource and Capacity Planning Tools at Norfolk Southern"
Clark Cheng, Senior Director Operations Research, & Stefano Rieppi, AVP Fleet and Capacity Planning, Norfolk Southern
"Technology Initiatives at UP"
James Owens, Senior Systems Engineer, Union Pacific

Topical Presentations IV 

Chair: Stefano Rieppi, Norfolk Southern

"Strategic Timetabling Concepts and Enabling Technologies: A Practical Case Study" (video)
Giorgio Medeossi, Technical Director, TrenoLab - Italy
"Line of Road Simulation at NS Using Wabtec Service Design (Schedule Viewer)"
Brandi Wood, Product Manager - Movement Planner/Service Design, Wabtec & Stefano Rieppi, AVP Fleet and Capacity Planning, Norfolk Southern