Asset Health Strategic Initiative

At the request of the AAR Board of Directors and the Safety and Operations Management Committee (SOMC), the Railinc Project Support Working Committee (RPSWC) initiated the Asset Health Strategic Initiative (AHSI) in December 2011. The RPSWC commissioned the Asset Health Task Force, a cross-functional team of senior representatives from throughout the rail industry, to develop a strategy for a multi-year program to address rail network challenges related to asset health. In 2015, the Asset Health Task Force was merged into the newly formed Asset Health Strategy Committee, which includes participants from each Class I railroad, Amtrak, private car owners, the AAR, TTCI and Railinc.

AHSI is a multi-year, multi-phase railroad industry program that will apply information technology solutions and processes to address the rail industry's asset health challenges. The program seeks to reduce mechanical service interruptions, improve the quality of railcar inspections, and increase rail yard and repair shop efficiency. This will result in significant safety improvements and cost savings over the life of the program. More information about AHSI is available in this FAQ document and in Railinc's 2014 Annual Report.

Foundational AHSI work includes development of the following projects:

  • Asset Information Repository – a comprehensive, equipment-level view of asset health and characteristic data;

  • E-Train – a centralized database of train information that enables real-time visibility and analysis of consist data to reduce manual work, improve efficiency and enable better decision making around maintenance and repair tasks;

  • Inspection Quality (Detector Repository) – a comprehensive database of detector reads to enable more effective health monitoring of equipment and improve repair-work efficiency; and

  • Mechanical Reference Repository – a common repository for current and historical operational reference data and an automated means for their use.

Railinc has worked with railroads, private car owners, leasing companies, the AAR, TTCI, and other industry stakeholders and committees to secure their commitment to the initiative's value proposition. Information technology and business representatives from large railroads are focusing on the movement and management of railcars to improve safety, maintenance planning and proactive data analysis. The AAR's Industry Architecture Standing Committee is also using AHSI to promote a common IT architecture through collaboration and information sharing.

Other available asset health resources include the Asset Health Data Summaries page.

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