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Train Scheduling and Simulation System in Australia: A Case Study on Rail Corp

1. Introduction

The research focuses on train scheduling and simulation system of trains in Australia. Moreover, it has been considered that the change in the system of scheduling makes Australian rail corp organization to face profit and increase in performance.

1.1 Aim of research study

The aim of this research work is to analyze the simulation and scheduling method adopted by the rail corp organization of Australia. Apart from this,another aim of study is to analyze the algorithm utilized for scheduling and simulation system of trains.

1.2 Objective of research study

To successfully complete the report, following are the objectives set for the topic of the research:

  • To scrutinize the traditional processes or methods of train scheduling and simulation process of rail corp.
  • To study the new procedures for simulation and scheduling of trains implemented by Australian organization rail corp.
  • To understand the impact of the new implemented system of simulation and scheduling in rail corp.
  • To highlight the importance and the role that new implemented system play.

1.3 Hypothesis

  • Train simulation and scheduling system has a useful impact on rail corp organization of Australia.
  • Train simulation and scheduling system has not a useful impact on rail corp organization of Australia.

2. Literature review

2.2 Train scheduling and simulation system

As per the views of Landex and Nielsen (2013), earlier train scheduling was done by the human experts but now with the introduction of IT and new technological tools, it is done with the help of such technological algorithms. The system keeps a check on the synchronized railway tracks and help to run the railway with the help of algorithm. The system allows scheduling of three lines of railway, i.e. it can manage the running of three railways at a time. According to Li et al. (2013), scheduling of trains helps to reducing the operation time as earlier most of the man power gets wasted in such processes but now it is done with ease. This helps organization to enhance the performance as the use of technology make work force to focus on their assigned duties rather than such scheduling processes. The complete process of scheduling the trains is dependent on algorithm where the change of track, running of trains and related activities are managed with the help of algorithm.

2.4 Importance of Train simulation and scheduling system in rail corps

In this context, Zhang et al. (2013) commented that scheduling and simulation system help the organization to increase it productivity and performance. As mentioned earlier, algorithm can make three trains to run together, so it will carry large number of passengers at a time. By this service users will also increase which will ultimately cause the increase in profit, performance and productivity. The system has been proved as beneficial for the easy working of rail corp organization of Australia.

2.5 Summary

In this chapter, it has been discussed that the scheduling and simulation system of trains in Australian limited is dependent on algorithm and the technological tools. Thus it can be said that the simulation and scheduling system is beneficial for rail corp organization of Australia.

3. Research methodology

3.1 Research approach

Inductive approach or top to bottom research method is used by the researcher for carrying out easy collection of the data.

3.2 Research design

It is the basis of whole research study on which the presentation of the research work is dependent. Descriptive and explanatory research design is implemented by the researcher.

3.3 Research philosophy

Research philosophy helps to collect information regarding the simulation and scheduling system implemented by rail corp of Australia. The study considers various theories, principles and assumptions.

3.4 Data collection

The procedure of collecting data has been accomplished via primary as well as secondary data collection method. Different sources have been considered for collecting useful and relevant information.

3.5 Sample Size

5 employees of rail corp (engaged in the field) and 10 technical experts have been interviewed to conclude the report based on their viewpoints and experiences.

3.6 Research ethics

The research work has been completed while following all the ethical code of conducts.

3.7 Limitation

The major limitation is time, budget and the limited information provided by the targeted audience.


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