Railway DX Consulting Service

Digital Twin based Consulting Service

Digital Twins have attracted attention as a concept for Digital transformation in recent years. Digital Twin refers to a concept that uses digital technologies to collect Physical-World data and build a model in a Digital-Environment, and to the model in the Digital-Environment itself. Conduct Simulations and analysis in the digital environment, and discovering potential improvement opportunities or risks which are overlooked or not known in the Physical-World, helping to predict future changes and the effects of accidents, etc. This is an entirely new technical approach compared to a traditional IT approach for improving manual processes.

The use of Digital Twins has begun in various domains such as manufacturing, energy, and social infrastructure. In this page, you can find Railway DX Consulting Services in which Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation applied the Digital Twin concept into train planning operation ahead of the world.

※This service is currently being rolled out for UK railway operators. Proposals for other countries are currently in the works.

Our strengths

Digital Twin based on high speed and precise simulation

AI empowered optimization proposal

Accumulated railway domain knowledge and technologies

Features of Our services

Consulting approach based on original AI and methodology

Apply Toshiba Original methodology and AI technology, provide Data science consulting approach.

Holistic optimization approach based on Digital Twin

Detailed Infrastructure data, signal data, and rolling stock performance data is integrated as a single data model in the Digital Twin. Utilizing this integratad data model, Conduct holistic and exhaustive Simulation and Optimization proposal.

Minimum Viable and flexible service menu

Based on the requirement, Start with a limited service scope as a 1st step.
e.g. Running time simulation for a new fleet in a specific section.

Unlock potential by a new approach

Railway timetables are created based on various rules, accumulated knowhow and experience. On the other hand, to unlock the bottlenecks of the infrastructure, Rolling stock performance as well as potential of people working in the railway industry, is increasing demand for a new scientific digital approach, especially under recent uncertainty in the business world.

Discovering solutions through use of Digital Twins

Our DX consulting approach can support various problems in Train planning and infrastructure modelling.
Collecting data about tracks, curves, gradients, signals, rolling stock performance, current timetables, various operating rules, and performance data to develop a Digital Twin.
Calculate accurate running times, headways, Junction Margins, conducting simulations and various other analysis. Then provide feedback to the Physical World together with an optimization proposal or timetable options.

Various consulting menu to cover wide variety of challenges

Our Digital Twin based consulting services can support wide variety of use cases. Based on the aspiration or request, we will contribute to maximize the performance of the infrastructure and its business profit.

Train Planning Rules and Timetable development

  • Running time evaluation
  • Junction margin evaluation
  • Headway evaluation
  • Platform optimization

Contingency Planning

  • Temporary Speed Restriction performance impact simulation
  • Weather variation performance simulation

Delay Risk Reduction

  • Bottleneck identification
  • Optimized proposals for Running time buffer allocation
  • Running time evaluation for DAS (Driver Advisory Systems)

New Type Rolling Stock Simulation

  • Running performance comparison (Legacy VS New)
  • Power consumption simulation
  • Run curve simulation under complex conditions

Infrastructure Modelling

  • Bottleneck signal identification and optimization
  • Evaluation of platform infrastructure improvement effects
  • Simulation for future route extension

Use cases

To give a more clearer picture of our services, here are 2 use cases.

Timetable Development

Create Robust and Customer friendly Timetable

The timetable is the origin of the whole train operation. Each Train operator has many different challenges and expectations like, "Minimize the primary delay and knock on effect", "Shorter journey time and better connectivity to increase customer satisfaction", "Reduce workload of manual timetable development and Allocate more time for Optioneering and decision making".
The following are our approaches and solutions.


Digital Twin Development

Collecting a wide variety of data to develop a Digital Twin.

Calculation and simulation

Based on the Digital Twin data model, Calculate accurate Running times, Headways and Junction margins.

Current Timetable evaluation

Evaluate Potential Timetable problems and Delay Risks in the Digital Twin.

Optimization option proposal

Applying Toshiba original AI, evaluate Delay Risks and provide Platform Optimization proposals. Furthermore based on the project requirements we will propose timetable improvement ideas related to Journey time improvement, increased Train services, and reducing delay risk.

Case 1 Service Menu

Running time calculation / evaluation

Headway and Junction margin calculation / evaluation

Timetable analysis and evaluation

Delay Risk evaluation

Platform Optimization

Timetable creation support

Infrastructure Modelling

Increase ROI of the infrastructure improvement

To maintain and update the Railway infrastructure, Improvement works are delivered in many locations. ''Understand the bottlenecks and invest the budget efficiently", "Evaluate the Operational impact and benefits at a much earlier stage", smarter decision making under the constraints of both the budget and timeframe is one of the biggest challenges in the railway industry. The following are our approaches and solutions.

Our approach

Digital Twin Development

Collecting wide variety of data to develop a Digital Twin.

Current Evaluation

Calculate Running time, Headway and Junction margin on Digital Twin to understand infrastructure characteristics and it's bottlenecks.

Impact Evaluation

Replicate future infrastructure improvement plans such as track improvements, signal equipment improvement, and new extensions on the Digital Twin, leading to the quantitative impact evaluation.

Optimized plan proposal

Based on the results of the evaluation, we can conduct simulations to support the creation of a new plan which will minimize the operational impact or budget investment required.

Case 2 Service Menu

Running time calculation / evaluation

Headway and Junction margin calculation / evaluation

Bottleneck signal evaluation

Effects of infrastructure construction evaluation

Improvement planning support

Our Railway DX Consulting Service is unique to Toshiba Digital & Consulting Corporation.
Feel free to contact us with any inquiries regarding the service.

Our Railway DX Consulting Service is unique to Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation.
Feel free to contact us with any inquiries regarding the service.