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With The Following Job Titles:

COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of...

  • Rolling Stock
  • Fleet
  • Maintenance
  • Fleet/Vehicle/Rolling Stock Engineering
  • Innovation
  • Asset Management/Asset Strategy
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Operations
  • Depot
  • Contracts

Plus Condition-Based Monitoring & Prediction Solution Providers including

  • Sensors & IOT Devices - Acoustic/Vibration/Temperature
  • ​Data Transmission Wireless/Cellular
  • Data Visualisation & Reporting
  • Data Processing & Analytics
  • Integration Solutions With Maintenance & Asset Management
  • Decision Support Services


  • ​Data Analytics & Predictive Analytics
  • Automation & Digitalisation Solutions
  • Green Technologies & Solutions

Prof. Dr. Fiona Zhang

General Manager


In 2003, I worked at Southwest Jiaotong University, known as the "cradle of Chinese railway engineers", teaching

courses, researching non-destructive testing of key components of railway rolling stock, image inspection and

other related technologies. Meanwhile I served as an associate professor, professor and doctoral supervisor


In terms of teaching, I have taught courses for bachelor and master students, including "Introduction to Electronic

Information Science and Technology", "Optoelectronic Inspection Technology", "NDT Technology", "Infrared

Technology", "Optical Measurement and Control and Information Processing", "Extracurricular Innovation

Practice", "Project-oriented Professional Course - Optoelectronic Inspection and Nondestructive Evaluation

Direction", etc.

In terms of scientific research, I have presided over national funded projects, ministerial funded projects. I led two

national projects and three ministerial projects, as well as over 30 scientific research projects. I have participated

in compilation of 3 railway industry standards, published 3 books (co-author), won 4 ministerial science and

technology progress awards, and received more than 40 authorized invention patents. I have published more

than 30 scientific papers as the first author or corresponding author and made more than 20 oral presentations at

international academic conferences such as UIC Highspeed, IHHA, WCRR, International Wheelset Congress,


From 2003 to 2008, I was responsible for the development, validation, and implementation of the wheelset

dynamic inspection system, which was fully applied in the field of high speed and normal speed railways in China.

From 2008 to 2016, I was responsible for the introduction of technology and development of wheel and disk

phased array ultrasonic inspection system, introducing technology and products from Fraunhofer IZFP in

Germany, realizing application in Chinese railway.

From 2016-2022, I led the development of 360-degree vision inspection system for the whole vehicle of dynamic

trains, and image inspection of the underfloor and side of parking trains.

From 2022, I work in DTEC GmbH, Germany, and leading the company to provide state of the art inspection and

measurement solutions for railway industry.


DAY 1 - 27 JUNE 2023 

Implementing Cost-Saving Innovations In Fleet Maintenance To Improve Availability

  • Examine rail maintenance mega trends to enhance service, capacity, and passenger experience while lowering the cost
  • Transitioning to condition-based maintenance in conjunction with classical maintenance strategies 
  • Taking steps to cut costs and decide how many people to hire at a time when unions are more active and industrial action more frequent 
  • The macro view on establishing a culture of data-driven decision-making throughout maintenance, asset management & operations  
  • Best practices on building the technical expertise to analyse and use data for maintenance decision making effectively
  • Application of ai algorithms to automate the process of cleaning & pre-processing data, as well as detecting anomalies to save time and money 
  • Creating digital twins of rolling stock to simulate and analyse maintenance scenarios, identify potential problems, and optimise maintenance plans
  • Digitalisation solutions that maximise ROI and cost reduction

DAY 2 – 28 JUNE 2023

Maintenance Planning For All Categories Of Fleets And Handling Obsolescence

  • Revisiting the conversation on outsourcing vs. Insourcing rail maintenance in the context of escalating prices, more frequent industrial action & a driving need to reduce cost 
  • Addressing the challenges of cost-effectively maintaining the reliability of locomotives as they age  
  • Reducing energy consumption - implementing new technology upgrades & modifying maintenance techniques
  • Finding solutions to address the availability of components in the supply chain  
  • Proactively addressing mechanical and safety-critical component obsolesce cost-effectively 
  • Optimising the size of the engineering workforce based on the volume & type of maintenance


DAY 3 – 29 JUNE 2023

Future-Proofing New And Existing Depots

  • Cost-competitively future-proofing new & existing rail depots to ensure flexibility for evolving fleet requirements – what is needed over the next 5, 10 or 20 years?   
  • Upgrading existing depots to support a range of fleets & maintenance regimes cost-effectively
  • Transitioning from a time interval to more conditional-based monitoring in the depot 
  • Optimising the depot to prioritise retrofitting that delivers the most benefit for the least cost and to ensure the required equipment is integrated seamlessly 
  • Practicalities of optimising the use of data in the depot environment for safe, more targeted maintenance  
  • Standardising workforce training across all depots using the latest virtual reality & software apps
  • Prioritising investment in depot automation to reduce the cost of cleaning, essential maintenance & safety optimisation

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