The effective development and management of a railway depot involves a regular re-evaluation of how best to respond to changing engineering, commercial and operational pressures.
These changes may include:
The following are typical questions that Depot Managers may face:
Railway maintenance depots involve many complex inter-related activities. It is, therefore, not always obvious what effect a change in one area may have on the overall performance of a depot and its fleet of vehicles.
Traditionally, the only ways to assess the impact of depot development and change have been:
All of these approaches, however, have one or more of the following shortcomings:
Depot Modelling and Simulation
Mutual Consultants Limited can help today’s depot managers to ask and answer depot-related questions with the minimum of risk to engineering, commercial and operational performance. Our approach uses a modern sophisticated computer simulation package to model your railway maintenance depot. This computer model accurately simulates all your depot’s and fleet’s activities, carefully noting the net effects on performance caused by the interaction of a large number of variable factors. By using the software we provide the opportunity to test your ideas for change, and even fine tune them to your best advantage, before financial and other resources are committed in making the changes.
In summary, by using computer simulation we can investigate the very complex relationships between a large number of variable factors which ultimately govern the efficient operation of a railway depot.
Mutual Consultants Limited’s approach to managing change in your depot involves the following steps:
Mutual Consultants Limited works closely with you at every one of the stages described above.
By adopting a structured approach, many parameters can be varied (either simultaneously or individually) allowing us to investigate many "what if?" scenarios. Furthermore, once the data has been gathered and a model set up, we can re-run the simulation in the future as new developments need to be assessed.
The major benefit of Mutual Consultants Limited’s approach is that it provides you with the opportunity to rapidly and safely test a variety of possible responses to changing engineering, commercial and operating pressures. More specifically, you can quickly determine the likely effects of, say:
In addition, being able to confidently base your decisions on our modelling output may mean:
Crucially, you will be able to test these ideas and even fine tune them to your best advantage, before committing financial and other resources to them and without incurring expensive mistakes.
For more information on Managing Change in Railway Depots, please open our Railway Depot Modelling eBrochure.