Introduction

Rail transport is currently facing several challenges. Most existing lines are affected by aging and climate factors and therefore require urgent interventions, but on the other hand, the demands on their carrying capacity are increasing. It is therefore extremely important to carefully plan maintenance and rehabilitation measures and to optimize interventions according to their cost-effectiveness.

Main goals of the training

The course aims to provide trainees with the acquisition of a set of multidisciplinary knowledge, in the area of ballasted railway track rehabilitation, theoretical and practical, enriched by lectures given by recognized personalities in this area.
• Fundamental concepts about railway inspection and rehabilitation techniques.
• The use of computational tools is promoted in several curricular units.
• The focus on the use of new materials, such as geosynthetics, is also supported.

Trainees should acquire the ability to assess the current state of the railway, propose efficient and effective rehabilitation measures, and evaluate their additive value in terms of improving the dynamic performance of the track.
The knowledge acquired will provide complementary competence to current Pre-Bologna Graduates, or Post-Bologna Masters. The course is also beneficial for students who only finish the 1st cycle of higher education.

Benefits of the training

The course provides specific training useful for the railway economy, which is a preferred sector from the environmental point of view. The knowledge acquired during training should:
• help to access the job market more easily;
• improve the qualification in the current job position;
• provide opportunities to continue with research programs.