News: Eurailscout improves rail safety in Europe with Quintiq
February 19, 2015 - Leading European infrastructure analysis and inspection company Eurailscout announced today that it has selected Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O) solutions, to provide enhanced integrated resource planning for its rail inspection and analysis operations.
Eurailscout conducts detailed inspections and analyses of over 8,000 switches and 100,000 kilometers of track across Europe to ensure a safe environment for railway operations. Among the defects that affect operations are faulty switches, which are responsible for up to 50% of costly disruptions every year. Eurailscout's in-depth knowledge of the condition of rail infrastructure allows them to flag these potential defects to its clients so that the appropriate maintenance resources can be promptly allocated to minimize disruptions and ensure continued rail safety.
Prior to engaging Quintiq, Eurailscout relied on Excel spreadsheets and bespoke systems to plan the resources required to inspect and monitor the infrastructure. As rail services across Europe increased, these legacy tools could no longer adequately address the increasing complexity of its planning challenges.
Eurailscout needed a system that could generate insight into planning decisions across multiple sites and planning horizons. It had to be able to synchronize data from the different planning teams to generate an integrated plan for work orders, inspection trains, equipment, and the workforce, which includes drivers, shunters and analysts throughout Europe. Such a system would allow Eurailscout to minimize disruptions of daily operations and operate more efficiently.
Michael van Milt, Chief Financial Officer at Eurailscout, said: "Staying on top of the market and maintaining our high standard of service to our clients is imperative for the safety of Europe's railways. We needed a solution that could provide us with the visibility required to make both efficient and compliant plans."
Eurailscout selected Quintiq to provide its planning team with transparency across all resources and all locations. The solution - to be implemented by Ab Ovo, a solutions provider in advanced planning and scheduling - will enable Eurailscout planners to increase utilization by allocating appropriate resources to work orders and predicting potential consequences of different allocation scenarios. The Quintiq solution will help planners to schedule the workforce in accordance with safety rules and labor laws with the aim to increase safety, compliance and employee satisfaction.
Willem Jan Groenewoud, Chairman at Ab Ovo International, said: "Eurailscout required a solution that could integrate easily into its existing platforms and enhance workforce scheduling and resourcing. Ab Ovo was selected to implement the Quintiq software, which stood out from other technology providers. We're confident that together we can ensure more accurate workforce plans that are compliant with European labor laws."
"Supporting Eurailscout's workforce and resource puzzle is further testament to Quintiq technology's capabilities in optimizing complex rail infrastructure planning," said Arthur Torsy, Vice President of EMEA at Quintiq. "Based on our experience in delivering integrated solutions to our clients in the rail sector, our technology was selected to help create a collaborative environment for Eurailscout's planners that will lead to improved efficiency and compliance."
About Ab Ovo
Ab Ovo was founded in 1997 and has since supported clients to improve their competitive position. Ab Ovo offers both intelligent solutions and consultancy around planning and optimization issues. The company also offers support in the area of managing complex, large-scale and, in many cases, troublesome projects. Ab Ovo uses best-of-breed technology (both in-house and third-party) to support its clients. The company motto is: "With our help, it can be done". Ab Ovo has a wide international clientele within the logistics sector with reputable names such as DB Schenker Rail, DSV, NMBS-Logistics, Green Cargo, WWL, Hoegh, VR, NS, Keolis, Vopak, AirFrance-KLM and so on. For more information, visit www.ab-ovo.com.
Every business has its supply chain planning challenges. Some of those challenges are large. Some are complex. Some seem impossible to solve. Since 1997, Quintiq has been solving each of those challenges with a supply chain planning & optimization software system. Today, approximately 12,000 users in over 80 countries rely on Quintiq software to plan and optimize workforces, logistics and production. Part of Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), Quintiq has offices in the Netherlands, the USA and around the world.