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Joao Duarte

Planning & Maintenance Manager


I embarked on my career as a trainee electrician in June 2000, and it has been 23 years since I entered the railway sector. Throughout these 23 years, I have had the privilege to work in the production area, specifically in the commercial passenger service, as a train driver for 8 years.

During this period, I seized the chance to pursue a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, aiming to enhance my technical knowledge.

In 2012, an opening emerged for me to return to Maintenance as a maintenance engineer. Taking on this role, I became accountable for coordinating maintenance activities, overseeing planned rolling stock maintenance, managing staff and resources in the Maintenance Department, and supervising the QSE Systems within the department, among other responsibilities.

Throughout this duration, I actively participated in the certification process and implementation of the radio communications system (DMI900) in accordance with the directive (EU) 2016/798 for the 3500 fleet. Additionally, I played a vital role in the technical team responsible for conducting power tests on the Dynex IGBT prototype integrated into a FERTAGUS train.

Moreover, I contributed to the "Shift 2 Rail" project, which entailed a collaboration with IST (Instituto Superior Técnico) and the University of Huddersfield - Institute of Railway Research, focusing on optimizing the life cycle of train wheelsets.

Since 2019, I have assumed the position of Planning and Maintenance Manager for the FERTAGUS fleet. In this capacity, I am entrusted with the planning of rolling stock maintenance operations and ensuring their traceability. Furthermore, I oversee the safety, operation, and maintenance of workshop equipment, coordinate and control the software system for maintenance management (EAM), develop rolling stock maintenance manuals based on the guidance of the Technical Director, and monitor equipment reliability indicators."

Attentive to the latest trends in the railway industry, I seek to implement new processes, solutions, that can increase the efficiency of internal operations and ensure that every aspect is aligned with the needs and expectations of customers.


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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