Planning vehicle workings and duties and deploying all resources optimally and properly is a demanding and challenging task. The potential to generate optimised results is therefore significant. A small increase of a few percent in the efficiency of vehicle or duty schedules can save railway companies a lot of money. IVU‘s optimisation solutions make it possible to always maintain an overview of complex run and duty schedules and to utilise existing resources in the most efficient manner.

IVU has been working on optimisation for over 20 years in close partnership with the mathematicians at LBW Optimization GmbH, a spin-off of the renowned Zuse Institute in Berlin. The company develops new mathematical optimisation processes based on current scientific findings. The algorithms the company has created form the centre-piece of IVU optimisation cores.

These solutions allow you to quickly generate duty and run schedules that meet all legal and operational requirements. Time is freed up for staff to support new or more frequent services. At the same time, the system creates more balanced duties that improve staff satisfaction. Optimisation means that dispatch managers can respond directly to disruptions or engineering work and adapt duty and vehicle schedules in seconds with only minimal changes and automatically forward them to the dynamic passenger information system. Optimisation also improves the service quality for passengers.

Maximum efficiency

IVU.rail planning products allow you to coordinate duty and vehicle schedules for maximum efficiency. The vehicle schedule optimisation function always finds a needs-based low-cost solution for the number of journeys that need to be planned. The duty schedule optimisation function then ensures that all vehicle schedules and resulting activities are optimally covered.

IVU.rail’s automatic personnel dispatch (APD) function also optimises staff allocation. The system organises roster layouts and allocates the relevant employees to them. Depending on the operational requirements, it considers aspects such as fair allocations or balanced work time accounts. In addition, the APD automatically takes qualifications, holidays, further training courses, and requests into account, thos increasing driver flexibility.

Optimisation not only assists with day-to-day operations in rail transport, but also helps with business decisions such as with applications for new concessions. This makes it possible to calculate scenarios for routes that have not yet been acquired and use them as a basis for an efficient service offering that puts operators a vehicle’s length ahead of the competition.