San Diego Meeting

The Spring 1997 INFORMS National Meeting was held in San Diego, May 4-7, 1997. RASIG organized a roundtable discussion and three paper sessions. Cluster Chair for the meeting was Bruce Schinelli of First Union Rail Corp. For more information contact Bruce at 847-384-5348 or by e-mail at

Roundtable Discussion

Coordinator: Michael Gorman, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, 817-333-6107. The RASIG roundtable focused on new and emerging technologies in railroad hardware, and on systems for improving equipment distribution.
12:30Welcome - Adriene B. Bailey, Chair, RASIG
12:40BNSF Railroad Exploration into Emerging Railroad Technologies

  • Guest Speaker: Nick Marsh, Assistant Vice President, Technical Research and Development, BNSF
1:40 Question and Answers
2:00 Break
2:20 Panel Discussion: Equipment Distribution Methodologies: Current Practices and Future Directions Panelists will include representatives from major North American Class I railroads:
4:00Open Discussion
5:15Business Meeting

Session 1: Railroad Applications I

Chair: Scott B. Smith, PTCG. 22 Third Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803, (617) 229-1565, Monday, 08:00-09:30.

OR Applications: Getting Users Onboard

John H. Gradek, CP Rail.

Locomotive Planning & Utilization

Gordon Trafton, Illinois Central Railroad.

An Overview of a Real-Time Decision Support System for Locomotive Management

Ajith B. Wijeratne, Norfolk Southern Corporation.

A Real-time Optimization System for Locomotive Management

Robert Muenz, CSXT, Noha Tohamy, Scott B. Smith.

Session 2: Operations Research Applications in Passenger Rail

Chair: Chip Kraft, 25 East C Street, Brunswick, MD 21716,, 202-906-4330, Monday, 13:00-14:30.

Washington Union Terminal Simulation

Karl W. Ginther, Amtrak

Simulation of Northeast Corridor Operations

Thomas W. Morgan, Amtrak.

Strategic and Tactical Support Tools for Passenger Scheduling

Nejib Ben-Kheder, SABRE Decision Technologies.

Revenue Management on the Tracks

Bellur N. Srikar, Amtrak.

Session 3: Train Scheduling Algorithms

Chair: Bruce Schinelli, First Union Rail Corp., One O'Hare Centre, 6250 River Road, Suite 5000, Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 318-7575, Monday, 14:45-16:15.

Current & Future Directions in Computer Support for Freight Train Scheduling

Carl D. Van Dyke, MultiModal Applide Systems, Inc.

Predicting On-Time Performance in Scheduled Railroad Operations

An Example of Application to Train Scheduling

Susan F. Hallowell, USAir, Patrick T. Harker

On the Necessity of realistic Benchmark Data for Integrated Planning & Operations Systems

Frank Boyle, Union Switch & Signal Inc, Joe Profeta.

A Train Scheduling Model for Reducing Locomotive Requirements

Min Luo, Conrail, Marc Meketon, US Airways

Other Railroad Related Presentations at INFORMS (not sponsored by RASIG)

SA12.4 The Railroad Blocking Problem

Harry N. Newton, Hong Jin, Cynthia Barnhart, Dharma Acharya, Pamela Vance--Air Force Acad., Colorado Springs, CO, Sunday, 08:00-09:30.

SA20.1 Locomotive & Car Assignment for a Passenger Railway Company

Guy Desaulniers, Jean-Francois Cordeau, Norbert Lingaya, Jacques Desrosiers--GERAD, 5255 Decelles, Montreal, Quebec, H3T 1V6 , Canada, Sunday, 08:00-09:30.

SC14.4 Coal Movement by Railroad

Gilles Reinhardt--Northwestern Univ., Kellogg Grad. Sch. of Mgmt., Evanston, IL 60208, Sunday, 13:00-14:30.

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