“Rail Baltica Academy” is a global knowledge-sharing platform that provides a series of public lectures for STEM students as well as for the general public across the Baltic countries.
To offer an opportunity to STEM students and the general public interested in railway engineering, planning, innovation, virtual design, construction, environmental and other issues related to the Rail Baltica megaproject, RB Rail AS announces continuation of the “Rail Baltica Academy”. During series of lectures presented by the top experts from the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS and national implementing bodies in Lithuania and Latvia respectively (AB LTG Infra, SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas and Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ) and other project partners, participants will have a unique opportunity to access inside knowledge about different angles of the Rail Baltica project.
In the “Rail Baltica Academy” autumn session, extra lectures will be organized in collaboration with Lithuanian Energy Institute, Riga Technical University, University of Applied Engineering Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology and TTK University of Applied Sciences in Estonia.
Sessions will include the following speakers and the agenda*:
- Kaur Laansalu, RB Rail AS Technical Project Manager in Estonian branch “Project management – challenges of stakeholder management in large scale infrastructure projects”
- Andrejs Mislēvičs, RB Rail AS Signalling and Communications Team Leader “Basics of Control-Command System”
- Rūta Blagnytė, RB Rail AS Lead Environmental Expert “Building and operating environmentally sustainable rail: Rail Baltica”
- Roland Müür, Rail Baltic Estonia Environmental Manager “Compensating environmental impacts in Rail Baltica project using the example of capercaillie”
- Urmas Alber, RB Rail AS BIM and AIM Coordinator in Estonian branch “BIM in Rail Baltica”
- Raitis Bušmanis, RB Rail AS Head of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) “Data in Rail Baltica Global Project implementation”
- Andy Billington, RB Rail AS Innovation and Sustainability Expert “Open standards and seamless travelling”
- Ēriks Diļevs, RB Rail AS Technical Director in Latvia branch “Sustainability in construction and design”; extra lecture in Riga Technical University
- Eric Kammel, DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH “Work with Rail Baltica megaproject and international projects to learn from”
- Eduardo Calixto, RB Rail AS RAMS Manager “The Reliability Availability and Maintainability implementation – the railway case study”
- Antanas Šnirpūnas, RB Rail AS Power Supply Team Leader “The largest railway electrification project in the Baltic States: Technologies, Value Engineering and Implementation”
- Kaur Piho, RB Rail AS Acting Railway Operation Team Leader “Railway operation and services offered on railway”
- Jean-Marc Bedmar, RB Rail AS Head of Systems and Operations “Railway electrification – energy subsystem deployment Rail Baltica”
- Emilie VanLook, BERERIX, Design coordinator for Architecture and Landscape “Sustainable design solutions in Rail Baltica Riga Central Station project considering the various challenges and requirements”
- Mantas Kaušylas, LTG Infra Head of Strategy and International Relations, Rail Baltica Coordination Department “Building Rail Baltica Infrastructure: theory and practise”
*Full list of sessions and information on other upcoming and exciting expert lectures will be published throughout November 2021 on the project’s global website: railbaltica.org/rail-baltica-academy/.
Sessions will be organised in English, Latvian, Lithuanian or Estonian (depending on a particular session) and will be available publicly on the designated Facebook events pages and Rail Baltica Global Project website.
Rail Baltica Academy Autumn session 2021
November 5, 14:00
Andrejs Mislēvičs, Signalling and Communications Team leader in RB Rail AS | Basics of Control-Command System [Session language: English]
Andrejs has studied Control and Safety systems at Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule in Darmstadt, Germany and holds a degree of Master of Science in Transport and Traffic Engineering at Riga Technical University. Some of the largest infrastructure projects Andrejs has worked on before joining the Rail Baltica: High speed line Stuttgart-Ulm, High-speed line Nuremberg-Erfurt-Halle/Leipzig-Berlin. In this lecture “Basics of Control-Command System” Andrejs puts a focus on interlocking, signalling and train protection.
LT: Rūta Blagnytė, Lead Environmental Expert at RB Rail AS | Building and operating environmentally sustainable rail: Rail Baltica [Session language: Lithuaninan]
Rail Baltica line will help to reduce the environmental footprint of human mobility in the Baltic States. By using 100% renewable energy, the new high-speed line will promote modal shift from road to rail, help to slash road maintenance costs, reduce noise pollution, and congestion on roads. While future benefits of the Rail Baltica line is immense, implementation of the railway infrastructure in environmentally conscious way is equally important.
Join this session with Rūta Blagnytė, Lead Environmental Expert at RB Rail AS to learn about role Rail Baltica will play in making Baltics greener and the robust environmental measures, which are planned during the construction and operational phases of the project.
Rail Baltica Academy Summer session 2021
The “Rail Baltica Academy” summer session took place in June 2021 and offered an opportunity to students and the general public interested in railway engineering, construction, maintenance, environmental issues, innovation and other topics to gain direct access to the key Rail Baltica experts.
In seven concise online sessions, students had a unique opportunity to get an insight into an integrated approach of project management and engineering to deliver a modern and sustainable railway infrastructure. Sessions will be organized in English, Latvian, Lithuanian or Estonian (depending on a particular session) and is available publicly on the designated Facebook events and Rail Baltica Global Project webpage www.railbaltica.org.
Sessions included the following speakers and the agenda:
June 3, 15:00 – 16:00
Einārs Jaunzems, Project implementation director at “Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas” | Rail Baltica international stations as mobility hubs: Rīga Central Station case study [Session language: Latvian]
Rail Baltica international passenger stations will not only serve the travellers of the new line, but also provide wider benefits such as convenient connection to the city transport, regional transport and airports. In addition, improved station functionality has a potential to revitalise public space, attract new investments in the nearby real estate, and create new demand for the service sector. In this session Einārs Jaunzems will showcase the potential of the first Rail Baltica international station in the construction phase – Rīga Central Station.
June 4, 15:00 – 16:00
Ēriks Diļevs, Technical Director Latvia at RB Rail AS | From Tallinn to Vilnius: top 10 Rail Baltica Infrastructure objects [Session language: English]
Did you know that Rail Baltica project will build the longest bridge in the Baltics – the Neris bridge, construct the first railway tunnel, and bring about the first dual rail-road bridge? Join this session to learn more about the landmark engineering structures of the Rail Baltica line and explore what specific requirements will be met to ensure the safety and interoperability of the new high-speed line.
June 9, 15:00 – 16:00
Rūta Blagnytė, Lead Environmental Expert at RB Rail AS | Building and operating environmentally sustainable rail: Rail Baltica [Session language: English]
Rail Baltica line will help to reduce the environmental footprint of human mobility in the Baltic States. By using 100% renewable energy, the new high-speed line will promote modal shift from road to rail, help to slash road maintenance costs, reduce noise pollution, and congestion on roads. While future benefits of the Rail Baltica line is immense, implementation of the railway infrastructure in environmentally conscious way is equally important. Join this session with Rūta Blagnytė, Lead Environmental Expert at RB Rail AS to learn about role Rail Baltica will play in making Baltics greener and the robust environmental measures, which are planned during the construction and operational phases of the project.
June 10, 15:00 – 16:00
Andy Billington, Innovation and Sustainability Expert at RB Rail AS | Rail Baltica – more than a railway project [Session language: English]
Rail Baltica as a project goes far beyond the construction of a railway so that companies can run trains. It is a greenfield project which gives plenty of opportunities for innovation, including the latest IT solutions. It will deliver multimodal solutions to make travelling seamless. It offers possibilities to accelerate 5G and broadband with fibre optical cable installations along the railway. This is not just a railway project, but also programme for an economic corridor, with innovation and digitalisation as key drivers. Join this session with Andy Billington, Innovation and Sustainability Expert in Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS.
June 11, 15:00 – 16:00
Mantas Kaušylas, Head of Strategy and International Relations, Rail Baltica Coordination Department, LTG Infra – Increasing railway and airport interoperability [Session language: Lithuanian]
Mantas will present air-rail and air to rail initiatives in Lithuania, which will come with Rail Baltica project and benefit in travel time and CO2 reduction. In addition, he will present the biggest issues and challenges of the planning of the railway links to the Vilnius and Kaunas International airports. Join this session to learn more about passenger and freight transportation by rail, railway engineering and territorial planning of the Rail Baltica and its specific requirements.
June 16, 15:00 – 16:00
Jovita Starynina, BIM and AIM Coordinator at RB Rail AS | BIM and standards [Session language: Lithuanian]
Rail Baltica will be the first infrastructure mega project implemented using BIM methodology in all 3 Baltic States. While some countries are preparing BIM requirements Lithuania already launched general document set of requirements for BIM implementation not only in design stage but starting from tender process till construction and maintenance stages. RB Rail is coordinating BIM processes and would like to share their knowledge, process and learned mistakes with future Lithuania infrastructure developers and managers. Join this session with PhD Jovita Starynina, BIM and AIM coordinator in Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS.
June 17, 15:00 – 16:00
Urmas Alber, BIM and AIM Coordinator at RB Rail AS | BIM – Sharing is caring [Session language: English]
BIM has become an essential part of designing and construction. But why it is so important? How will it help to gather the information that can be later used for asset management? In the Rail Baltica Global project BIM is used through the whole process – making this project a unique example. Best practices on how and why BIM should be used will be by Urmas Alber, who is BIM & AIM Coordinator in Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS.
In the first edition of Rail Baltica Academy, which took place in November 2020, over 280 students from 14 educational institutions from the Baltics, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, participated.