ADVANCES IN RAIL AND MARITIME TRANSPORT

ADVANCES IN RAIL AND MARITIME TRANSPORT

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Code
90490
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
7 credits during the 2nd year of 10377 SAFETY ENGINEERING FOR TRANSPORT, LOGISTICS AND PRODUCTION (LM-26) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
ICAR/05
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (SAFETY ENGINEERING FOR TRANSPORT, LOGISTICS AND PRODUCTION)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course describes the main aspects related to rail and maritime transport with a particular attention to the practical applications and operational issues of both the sectors. The major trends of development and technological innovation are analyzed as well as the main research topics according to the vision of the main rail and maritime stakeholders at European level.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the course is to provide the basic knowledge about the characteristics of rail and maritime transport systems both from the technical and functional point of view. A focus on the relevant sustainability is also provided.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is aimed at providing to the students the main notions on the operation of railway lines and metro lines, focusing on signaling systems and safety requirements and standards. Regarding the maritime transport, the goal is to provide the main knowledge on the operational aspects of seaports and in particular, of container terminals and maritime services.

At the end of the course, the student will be able:

  • to demonstrate his/her knowledge on technical aspects and operational issues of rail and maritime transport;
  • to describe the main technological innovation and future development scenarios of both the sectors;
  • to understand  and to use in a proper way the technical terminology of the sectors;
  • to solve operative problems knowing the available instruments/tools and the current rules and standards;
  • to interact with Companies that operate in the sectors.

Teaching methods

The course consists of theoretical lessons and practical activities. Moreover, interactive lessons, with a central role of the students, and group activities, to be performed during the course, are planned in order to promote the acquisition of team working skills. In particular, the students will be required to prepare a presentation (Power Point slides) on a defined topic agreed with the professor.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

RAIL TRANSPORT    

  1. Railway Infrastructure
  2. Maintenance and monitoring of railways: the Continuous Welded Rail
  3. Operations of railway line
  4. Rail line Capacity and Timetables
  5. Railway signaling system
  6. RAMS parameters and CENELEC standards
  7. Rail liberalisation and certification
  8. Railway Interoperability
  9. Railway Safety
  10. High Speed rail lines
  11. Innovative solutions for rail signaling
  12. Satellite Technologies for railways
  13. Rail Transport automation
  14. Metro lines
  15. Rolling stock: traction and braking systems
  16. European Research on rail transport: the Shift2Rail Research Programme

MARITIME TRANSPORT

  1. Terminal container: Import, Export and Transshipment
  2. Handling Systems and Terminal automation
  3. TOS Terminal Operating System
  4. Naval gigantism
  5. Logistics operators
  6. Port Authority
  7. Safety and Security of Maritime Transport: Port Security Plan
  8. Port Community Systems
  9. Standard Messages EDI
  10. Customs operations
  11. Autonomous Ships and Satellite Technologies
  12. LNG and new fuels

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The teaching materials are provided by the professor on Aulaweb

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Appointments can be agreed with the professor by email or phone even with short notice

Exam Board

GIUSEPPE SCIUTTO (President)

NICOLA SACCO

ALICE CONSILVIO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course consists of theoretical lessons and practical activities. Moreover, interactive lessons, with a central role of the students, and group activities, to be performed during the course, are planned in order to promote the acquisition of team working skills. In particular, the students will be required to prepare a presentation (Power Point slides) on a defined topic agreed with the professor.

LESSONS START

The lessons will take place during the second semester of the second year according to the official Timetable.

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam consists of:

  • Final optional written test at the end of the lessons (theoretical questions)
  • Oral Test (for the students that do not perform the final written test)

Assessment methods

The assessment methods  consist of:

  • The evaluation of the student capability to present a specific topic
  • The evaluation of the student capability to answer to theoretical questions on the course


The main evaluation parameters are the quality of the presentation, the correct use of the specialized terminology, the competence of critical analysis acquired during the course.