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He is an internationally recognized consultant in railway engineering and management. Through his company, Iron Mustache, completed projects in Australia, China, India, South Africa, Scandinavia and USA. He retired in 2013 as General Manager of Permanent Path and Infrastructure at Canadian Pacific, where he was responsible for the standards of rails and structures, maintenance, bridge design, geotechnical groups and railing inspection processes. He has had a 32-year career at Canadian Pacific in Engineering, Materials Management and Systems and Permanent Road Maintenance. He has also worked with the National Research Council of Canada (NRCC) as General Manager of the Rail Division, with BHP Research Laboratories in Melbourne and with Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he has a Masters in Civil Engineering . He is a former chairman of the Board of the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) and former chairman of CPCS Transcom Limited. Mr. Roney is a former president of the American Association of Railway Engineering and Maintenance (AREMA) and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers of the Journal of Rail and Rail Rapid Transit.



General Manager of Planning and Capital of Transnet Freight Rail. Former Chairman of the Board of the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA, where he provided strategic leadership to the IHHA Board of Directors regarding the technological advances of Heavy Haulage Rail Operations worldwide.) An experienced executive with a manufacturing, industrial mining, and the public services market.It has credentials in the development of long-term strategic plans, including market analysis for future demand, identification of capacity constraints, and introduction of interventions to fill gaps. of assets in the life cycle to ensure the maximum return on invested capital An executive in the main business areas, such as strategy formulation and implementation, project management, financial management, operations and project improvement.



Holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (1981), a master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1987), and has done research for his master's degree at the Institut Fuer Grundbau und Bodenmechanik - Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ, Switzerland, where he remained from 1984 to 1986. He returned to the same Swiss institution for his sandwich doctorate with FAPESP scholarship (1988-1989) and completed his PhD in Transport Engineering at the University of São Paulo (1995). She completed her Ph.D. in 2001 and became a Full Professor at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo in 1986. She was the Chief of the Department of Transport Engineering of the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP) for 7 years in total , position that occupied until March 2014. She is currently director of the Polytechnic School (2018-2022). Acts in the area of ​​Transport Infrastructure: Urban Roads, Highways, Airports and Railways. Graduated several undergraduate, master and doctoral students; supervised postdoctoral studies; is the author of the Asphalt Pavement Book: Basic Training for Engineers, along with Laura M.G.Motta, Jorge A P Ceratti and Jorge B. Soares; published more than 160 works; was editor of Transports, from 1999 to 2003; coordinates research projects financed by development agencies, agencies and by public and private companies; was coordinator of the Asphalt Commission of IBP - Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuel in 2007, coordinated the 19th. Meeting of Asphalt in 2008, and coordinated the scientific area of ​​the Brazilian Congress of Highways and Concessions in 2009 and in 2011.


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Nii Attoh-Okine is a full professor in the Department of Environment and Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received his Master's Degree in Applied Mechanics from the Institute of Civil Engineering in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. He also received a PhD in Civil Engineering and Minor in Statistics from the University of Kansas, United States in 1992. His research line is in Computational Intelligence and Big Data in Systems Infrastructure. It has applications of various computational intelligence techniques to the worldwide Rail industry including Bayesian Networks, Belief Functions and Rough Sets. Dr. Okine has publications on uncertainty management, neural networks and tensorial analysis. He has publications in journals such as: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, and Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. He has conducted research with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railway Administration (FRA), National Science Foundation (NSF) and ASCE. He is a member of the ASCE / American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering and Journal of Civil Engineering and Building Materials. Currently teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in probability and statistics, advanced data analysis and forecasting. He has participated in several assessment boards and guides several students.


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Richard Stock holds a Masters and PhD in Materials Science from the University of Leoben, Austria. Richard worked for 12 years at Voestalpine in Austria, in the P & D department and in customer service. He was responsible for problems with wear and RCF on rails and was a project manager in various collaborations with national and international universities. He also participated in the European Union's Innotrack project dealing with the simulation of wheel-to-rail contact, the influence of rail hardness on wear, RCF and railing maintenance. Between March 2010 and November 2010, Richard was seconded to KELSAN Technologies (now LB Foster Rail Technologies) in Vancouver in a collaborative research program between LB Foster and Voestalpine Schienen GmbH. In September 2013, Richard joined at LB Foster Rail Technologies in Burnaby / Canada in the position of Railway Technology Manager. In this position he was responsible for various P & D processes and projects to manage collaborations with universities and for high-level technical interaction with clients. In addition to this P & D function, Richard also led the Application Engineering group that provides support for the conduction and analysis of field tests. Since April 2017, Richard has started working for LINMAG Rail Milling Services and LINSINGER Austria as Manager of Milling Technology. In this role, he is responsible for promoting LINSINGER milling technology in North America and providing support regarding issues related to contact wheel rail. In addition, Richard is also representing the two companies globally in regulatory committees, conferences, workshops and fairs. Richard is a member of the AREMA 4 Committee, APTA Track and Noise / Vibration Technical Forum and OVG (Austrian Society of Traffic Science).


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Dr. Rudolf SCHILDER is an internationally recognized rail consultant. Graduated in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Graz - Austria. He also holds a PhD from the Technical University of Graz. With more than 35 years of experience in the railroad, Ferroviário has held various positions at OBB (Austrian Railroad) as: Superintendent and Construction Manager, Permanent Via Manager, Planning and Infrastructure. Since 2013, he is a partner in ARTS Schilder & Partner GmbH. Between 2008 and 2014 he was Director and member of the board of WWG GmbH and also Director at ARCC GmbH and ARCC GmbH & Co KG. Dr. Schilder is a member of the Austrian Standards Committee (ÖNORM), the ÖVG (Austrian Society for Transport Science Working Committee, VDEI (Association of German Railway Engeneering), AREMA (American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Associatian), DACH (Co-operation between DB, ÖBB and SBB), CEN (European Committee for Norming), CER (European Railways Association), UIC (International Railways Association) and ERA (European Railways Agency). Already presented several papers in international congresses.


Rainer Wenty, a mechanical engineer, is Plasser & Theurer's strategic marketing manager at the company's headquarters in Vienna, Austria. He has been with the company since 1967 and has extensive international experience in railway technology, maintenance and permanent track construction - both technically and economically. Mr. Wenty is also the author of several technical articles. He is co-author of the Heavy Haul best practices book and has participated as a presenter in IHHA Workshops. Rainer Wenty is also a co-founder and member of the sub-structure assembly group in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Mr. Wenty is a member of the OVG (Austrian Society of Traffic Science) - President of the Vienna Section of OVG, member of VDEI (Association of German Railway Engineers) and member of AREMA (USA).



Holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (2000), a master's degree and a doctorate in Transport Engineering from the University of São Paulo (2005 and 2011, respectively). She is a graduate professor and post-graduate program in Transport Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (EPUSP). She is coordinator of the Laboratory of Innovation in Metro Railways (LIM) of EPUSP. In addition, she works as a researcher at the Laboratory of Paving Technology of the Department of Transport Engineering of the EPUSP. He has experience in Civil Engineering, with emphasis on Transport Infrastructure, working on road and rail paving, mainly in the field of materials such as recycled aggregate of construction and demolition waste, warm asphalt mixtures and railroad ballast.



Railway Specialist in the company MRS Logística S.A. Master in Transport Infrastructure by the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo where he also holds a PhD. He holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Delaware (USA) where he is part of the Railway Engineering and Safety program that is dedicated to providing education and advanced research in railway engineering, safety, operations and economics to the international railway industry. Civil Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) with emphasis on Transport Infrastructure and Geotechnics, he works on subjects related to Rail Transport, mainly in the scope of materials applied to the pavement. He is a researcher at the Pavement Technology Laboratory of the Department of Transport Engineering of the Polytechnic School of USP since 2012. He has articles published in periodicals, national and international congresses.



Carlos is a Software Engineer and Project Manager and is part of the GREX team responsible for developing automation and technology solutions for the rail sector. For almost 20 years, Carlos has worked in scientific modeling and numerical programming, statistics, climate forecasting and product coordination. He has published dozens of scientific articles and is US patented in technology and innovation. Carlos created the Ingenious Minds project to teach robotics to high school children around the world. He has over 5 years of experience working in hardware and software integration. Education: Carlos holds a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's degree in science from the Brazilian Institute for Space Research; and completed doctoral degrees in physical oceanography at Columbia University, NASA and other international learning centers.



Chris is Product Manager - Rail at Loram Maintenance of Way. He is responsible for managing Loram's portfolio of rail products, including performance, profitability and competitiveness. Chris has been with Loram for 9 years, primarily in the engineering, construction, design and commissioning of grinders, focusing on railways in Europe during this period. He recently assumed the role of product manager. Chris has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a M.S. in Technology Management from the University of St. Thomas.


PhD in Civil Engineering (2005), Master in Civil Engineering Structures (1994) and Civil Engineer (1991) from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) and Master in Business Management (2009) by the Higher Institute of Labor Sciences and Company (ISCTE). He has a postgraduate degree in Management, Strategy and Business Development and a postgraduate degree in Project Management, both at ISCTE. He is a Principal Investigator with qualification from the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC), Head of the LNEC Transport Infrastructure Center and Guest Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). He has been a consultant for several companies in the design, supervision and construction of civil engineering works. He has been developing research, namely in the areas of concession, construction, renovation, characterization, monitoring, physical and numerical modeling, and behavior analysis of transport infrastructures and their materials. Throughout his 25 years of professional career, he has participated in several programmed research projects and technological development studies, resulting in over three hundred published works, including theses, scientific articles and technical reports. He has taught at several Portuguese universities, has given several lectures in Portugal and abroad and has integrated academic test boards, working groups and technical committees.


Dr. Thomas GABET is a research fellow at IFSTTAR, the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks. She has been working since 2013 at the Transport Infrastructure Materials (MIT) laboratory in the “Materials and Structures” department. Dr. Gabet obtained a PhD from the University of Grenoble, France, working on the topic of extreme load cement concretes under a doctoral scholarship funded by the French Ministry of Defense. He joined IFSTTAR as a researcher in 2009 to work on mechanical characterization and structural modeling of asphalt materials and recycling of asphalt materials in order to improve the durability and sustainability of transport infrastructures. Today Thomas GABET is strongly involved in the application of asphalt materials to innovative infrastructures such as asphalt sub-layer railway structures and asphalt concrete layerless ballast roads within the framework of national projects with the French Railway Company (SNCF). He is also involved in research on electrified road solutions for the supply of electric vehicles.


Siemens Business Development Manager responsible for mining, industrial and freight rail business. Participated in different railway signaling projects in the world (Brazil, USA, Mozambique, Australia) involving various technologies such as PTC and Sistema European Train Control Agency (ETCS). He is an active member of the Railway European Innovation Shift2Rail, STARS and NGTC programs in the field of satellite positioning. He holds an Executive MBA from IE Business School and a Master of Computer Engineering.


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Graduated in the School of Engineering of the Fluminense Federal University. Master and Doctor of Science in Civil Engineering by COPPE / UFRJ. Full Professor of FOUNDATIONS and SOIL MECHANICS in several educational institutions. He held the position of Engineer at Tecnosolo S.A., Geotécnica S.A., Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (CBTU) and Rede Ferroviária Federal S.A. (RFFSA). He is currently an Engineer-Partner at Muniz & Spada since 1996. With works developed in Brazil, South America, Central America, North America and Africa.


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He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of São Paulo (2006) and a doctorate in science from the University of São Paulo (2012). From 2012 to 2014 he developed post-doctorate at the Polytechnic School (USP) with part of the work at the Leibniz Universität-Hannover, Germany, in the area of ​​computational mechanics of contact between beam structures. In 2018, he defended his thesis on free teaching in the Polytechnic School (USP), and his work was entitled: "Computational modeling of punctual contact between bodies: an integrated view". He is currently a professor at the Polytechnic School (USP) in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, working at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has experience in the mechanics of oceanic structures (risers) and computational mechanics of non-linear structures. He has worked on the development of contact models between bodies, in particular, for applications involving beams and shells. It is the developer of a proprietary finite element code (GIRAFFE) for applications in models with high geometric non-linearity and contact, having already used this code in several applications, from oceanic structures, wind turbines, fabric simulations, simulations of flexible mechanisms, among others. Further details of the research lines and the GIRAFFE program can be found at: http://sites.poli.usp.br/p/alfredo.gay.



Louisa Stanlake is a supply group leader at LB Foster Rail Technologies in Vancouver, Canada. She is responsible for product development, manufacturing and quality control of LB Foster's Top-of-Rail friction modifiers, gauge face greases, solid flange lubricants and solid friction modifiers. Louisa has been working at LB Foster Rail Technologies since 2010, following a postdoctoral appointment from the University of Toronto, Department of Chemistry. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of British Columbia.



Graduated in Civil Engineering from UNESP of Bauru, post-graduated in Maintenance Engineering from UFOP and MBA from IBMEC - RJ. Already he acted as supervisor in Planning and Control of Maintenance of Permanent Way and Maintenance of Permanent Via in several locations in the FCA (current VLI), also served as technical leader of Railway Projects and in the Engineering of Via Permanent of Vale, where he researched and developed new materials and processes of permanent track superstructure for Heavy Haul railways. He currently works as a permanent track engineer in knowledge management and integrated solutions at Vale's Center of Excellence, where he is the technical manager of the Under Rail Chair. Participates in standardization and railway studies working groups. It is interested in railway sleepers and fixations, railway pavement, performance indicators and management of permanent railroad track.



Metallurgical Engineer and Master in Materials Engineering at Escola de Minas / UFOP. Specialist in Railway Engineering by PUC Minas. PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Escola Politécnica / USP. He has worked in the Aeronautics and Automotive industries and since 2011 he has been in the Railroad acting as Specialist in Materials of Permanent Way and Contact Wheel-Rail at VLI Logística. He is also a researcher at the Laboratory of Surface Phenomena (LFS - Polytechnic / USP), professor of postgraduate studies in Multimodal Engineering at PUC Minas and professor of Technical Course in Roads at Senai / FIEMG.


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Civil Engineer graduated at UEMA, Master in Geotechnics at UFOP and PhD in Engineering (IME) with emphasis in Transport Infrastructure and Geotechnics, working in projects and research in the dimensioning of railway pavements using special tests and numerical modeling. He is a researcher at the Railways Laboratory of (IME) and currently at the head of the Engineering Management of Expansion Projects at Rumo Logística. Already worked as an Engineer at Vale and VLI, José Carlos has several articles published in national and international congresses.


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Master Engineer in Vale S.A. Works in the area of ​​reliability of the permanent way of EFVM. Analysis of failures, defects, critical analysis of projects to be implemented, technical training, development of technical standards, management and supervision of permanent track maintenance teams. Renato also worked between 2013 and 2014 at MRS Logística as Railway Specialist. He holds a degree in Production Engineering from the University of Ouro Preto (MG) and a post-graduate degree in Railway Engineering from Univix.



Leonardo Soares started his railroad career in Fevereiro in 2004. He is currently RUMO Logistics's Railway Development Engineering Manager. He is responsible for projects of high technical complexity, such as new wagon projects, rail track contact, material and railway maintenance. He worked as a consultant in railway engineering at the National Transportation Agency of Brazil and other railroads, assuming the positions of Permanent Maintenance Manager, Permanent Permanent Resident Specialist and Engineering Coordinator. Responsible for the implementation and testing of the installation of plastic compound sleepers, large scale studies and degradation of the geometry as a function of transport. Member of technical regulatory committees and Brazilian standards for infrastructure, rails, sleepers, ballast and bearings. He has been a member of AREMA since December 2011.


Aldo holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has a Master's degree in Geotechnics, Post-Graduation in Railway Transport Engineering by the Military Institute of Engineering and an MBA in Project Management by Fundação Dom Cabral. Worked as Railway Specialist at MRS and Permanent Route Manager at VALE. He currently works at Braskem with Market Development. Has experience in national / international contract management; Experience in large works, construction of railways and rail terminals; Analysis of cost and process benchmarking with leading railway companies in the international market; Experience in Planning and Control of Permanent Road Maintenance.



He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Pará (1989), a master's degree (M.Sc.) in Civil Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1992) and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering in the area of ​​Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials by the University of California at Berkeley (2000). Currently Associate Professor IV at the Federal University of Pará, where he serves as Vice-Director of the Faculty of Railroad Engineering and Logistics, and Partner of the Dynamis Techne Company (UFPA - Federal University of Pará). He has 29 years of experience in Structural Engineering, working mainly in the following subjects: computational methods for structural analysis (Static and Dynamic Analysis, Linear and Nonlinear), structural design and / or experimental evaluation (tests, instrumentation, monitoring and tests of cargo) of large structures: road and rail bridges, catwalks, port structures, multi-storey buildings, metal roof structures, overhead transmission lines (towers and cables), concrete dams, and border containment structures. He has already developed several numerical and experimental studies (with dynamic load tests), and verification of MRS and VALE railway bridge projects, of which 2320m are the Rodo-Ferroviária bridge over the Tocantins River.


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Master in Materials Engineering and Science and Materials Engineer at the Ponta Grossa State University, Specialization in Freight Rail Transportation by the IME, currently a Rail Specialist at MRS Logística S.A., with 14 years of Railway experience, being 10 years in the Waysides area.



Civil Engineer graduated from UFMG in 2009. Specializations in Rail Transportation of Cargo by IME and MBA in Strategic Management by Processes by IBMEC. Experience of 13 years in the maintenance and projects of Permanent Via with passages by ALL and Vale, is currently responsible for the Strategy of Maintenance of Permanent Way in MRS Logística.



At Vale since 2011. Rail engineer at the Carajás Railroad (EFC), responsible for processes related to the performance of railroad tracks and related matters. Master in Process Engineering, specialization in Railway Engineering, specialization in Industrial Process Management and graduation in Production Engineering. Professional experience in matters related to metal structures, large equipment, grinding of rails, friction management, rail wheel contact, research and developments related to the performance of railroad tracks.


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Consultant at CH Vidon. Fernando has worked for more than 20 years at MRS Logística. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), a Master in Transportation from COPPE UFRJ and an MBA from the Dom Cabral Foundation. At MRS Fernando he held the positions of Engineering Assistant, Railway Specialist, Resident Engineer, Chief Engineer, General Engineering Manager and Railway Consultant.


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Rail Specialist at MRS Logística for 7 years. Mechanical Engineer graduated at UFJF, masters in Transport Engineering at IME, works in Rolling Stock with emphasis on rail dynamics using multi-body software and instrumentation with focus on speed increase, rail wheel contact and improved performance of trucks.



Hubert is the Key Account Manager for Latin America at voestalpine Schienen GmbH. He holds a Master in International Business Administration from the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru). After 10 years of experience in several major South American infrastructure projects he is now with voestalpine Schienen since 2 years where he is responsible for rail sales in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Together with his team he is offering high quality rail products with special steel design aiming on lowest LCC and highest RAMS as well as additional services for rail operators to create long-term win-win partnerships.