Professor Andy Doherty

Professor Andy Doherty

Andy Doherty is the Chief Rail Technology Officer for Network Rail, providing the vision and leadership to its technology strategy, and leading Engineering interaction with the UK railway industry and within the European railway sphere. Andy is chair of the UK Vehicle Track System Interface Committee, and a member of the cross industry Technical Strategy Leadership Group. Andy is chair of a number of European Associations and Committees; he represents the entire European railway operating community as the Chair of ERRAC (European Rail Research Advisory Group) and with the ERA (European Railway Agency) as chair of the Group of Representative Bodies in Interoperability and Standardisation issues.

Andy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers 2014, he is an Electrical Systems Engineer, with expertise in; the railway system, rolling stock design, the mechanical interface between the train and track, transmission based signalling systems such ETCS and electro magnetic compatibility. Andy is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield, and Southampton Universities

Previously Andy was the chair of the Network Rail Acceptance Panel for some 9 years, setting policy and approval of all Systems and Products used by Network Rail, and has held a number of senior roles in London Underground, including; Project Director and Engineer for the upgrade of the Central and Northern Lines and the conversion of the Underground to Driver Only Operation project.

The Challenges and Opportunities of Whole Life Engineering Design in Big Asset Organisations

Big asset based organisations like Network Rail face a significant challenge to justify an Asset Management Strategy based on a whole life renewal and replacement policy. In this speech I will describe the NR process and policy for whole/through life asset management, together with our plans to develop the railway and its assets to meet the UK needs for greater capacity and reliable performance through a targeted Research and Technology development plan. I will then focus on the 'tricky bit'; which is innovation in a better railway, with very significant numbers of new assets needs to be funded. But how, in many cases the new assets are more expensive as a first cost but have a lower whole life cost, how does a big government type body raise the funds to do this, when money is tight?