Service overview

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 & Consulting 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.

Why DX is required?

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.

Use Cases

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.
  • CASE 1 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.


    • STEP1

      Digital Twin Development Collecting a wide variety of data to develop a Digital Twin.
    • STEP2

      Calculation and simulation Based on the Digital Twin data model, Calculate accurate Running times, Headways and Junction margins.
    • STEP3

      Current Timetable evaluation Evaluate Potential Timetable problems and Delay Risks in the Digital Twin.
    • STEP4

      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

  • CASE 2 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

    • STEP1

      Digital Twin Development Collecting wide variety of data to develop a Digital Twin.
    • STEP2

      Current Evaluation Calculate Running time, Headway and Junction margin on Digital Twin to understand infrastructure characteristics and it's bottlenecks.
    • STEP3

      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.
    • STEP4

      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.

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