XiTrack

Efficient and Cost-effective Rail Maintenance

Professor Peter Woodward has a PhD in the field of numerical geotechnics from the University of Manchester. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 1994 as a lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering and in 2010 was promoted to Professor of Railway Technical Engineering. During his PhD he worked for WS Atkins in the field of earthquake engineering, analysis and design.

Prof. Woodward has been seconded to industry for 1 day per week working on the application of polyurethane geocomposites to railway track stabilisation and reinforcement – XiTrack. This patented technology was spun-out from Heriot-Watt University and is now widely used across the UK railways and increasingly internationally.

¬†Balfour Beatty were investigating ways of reducing both the cost of maintenance and the amount of maintenance required when they became of Peter’s work with XiTrack. Through Balfour Beatty’s knowledge of what was required and how it may be applied to make the product and the idea work on an operating railway. Use of this system led to a three time increase in the speed of deployment of repairs.

Learn more about this innovation and its’ application in the video below.

If you are interested in learning more about consultancy services available through Heriot-Watt, please contact us and we will work with you to tailor a consultancy programme that meets your requirements please contact Iain McEwan, Business Development Executive at I.McEwan@hw.ac.uk.

Industry Day Speaker – Prof. Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward, Professor of Railway Geotechnical Engineering and Director of the newly launched Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, to speak at Industry Day 2013 on the topic “The geotechnical challenges and solutions of next generation ultra-speed trains

Prof. Peter Woodward

Prof. Peter Woodward

Railway Research at Heriot-Watt University is led by Professor Peter Woodward, who has been involved in rail track developments for over a decade.

Peter and his team investigate the main issues for modern rail networks which include the need to cope with more traffic, heavier loads and higher speeds. These demands are common across the world and academics at the School of the Built Environment are at the forefront of industrially relevant research in the UK for solving these issues.

  • Prof. Woodward was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in 1994 at Heriot-Watt University and to the post of Reader in Railways and Geotechnical Engineering in 2007. In 2010 he was promoted to Professor of Railway Geotechnical Engineering
  • Since 2001 he has been seconded to industry for 1 day per week working on the application of polyurethane geocomposites to railway track stabilisation and reinforcement. This patented technology was spun-out from Heriot-Watt University and is now widely used across the UK railways and increasingly internationally.
  • He has won multiple awards for his developed technologies, including the Highly Commended Award at the 2005 National Rail Awards, in the Innovation of the Year category.
  • He has also been a previous winner of the ICE Webb Prize (2008) and the UK Young Engineers Award (2001) amongst others.
  • He has acted as Principal Investigator on many research grants, most recently on EPSRC funded research on high-speed train track interactions at critical track velocities.

Peter will talk in Parallel Session 4 – Networks & Infrastructure. To book your place on Industry Day, click here.

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