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    Master of Research in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration at the University of Birmingham
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    Master of Research in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration at the University of Birmingham

    January 7, 2020

    My name is Hassan Hemida. I’m Senior Lecturer
    in the School of Civil Engineering and I’m the Director of the Master of Research in
    Railway System and Integration. What makes this programme unique is the fact
    that students have the opportunity to do a Master Research based on research – the
    Master degree based on research, together with some technical courses from engineering
    backgrounds, so they don’t do only courses, they don’t do only research, but its combination
    between research and taught modules. So they have both the research which is about two
    third of the module time, and one third of the module is taught modules, so that makes
    it unique. The programme aims at the new graduate students
    from the University or the practitioners who are interested in railway system who wants
    to do a career and research and development in their industry. The structure of the course is as follows.
    Students start in September, they end in September. It’s one year length if it’s full time.
    The students who are doing it part-time they can finish the course in two years. And during
    this one year if they’re doing full time they need to finish 30 credit modules’ and 30 credit
    research skills module, and 120 credit research project. Normally they finish all the taught
    modules, the 30 credits – they choose the 30 credits from whatever they want to do together
    with their supervisor. If I want to work for the railway in electrical engineering then
    I can choose the module from Electrical Engineering Department from Civil (Engineering) if I’m doing towards
    civil (engineering) infrastructures. We finish all of the taught modules in the first semester from
    September to December, and then they have the full time and the next year from January
    to September to finish their research project. Which gives them enough time to create or
    produce very high quality research project. In terms of the career outcomes, if you take
    this programme MRes in Railway Research and Railway System Integration, you will be ready
    to work in industry in research and development. You can work for companies who are interested
    in the railway business, or to work for companies who are providing the railway system parts,
    or even you can work in academia for research in the railway sector. Students choose this course because it’s
    a great opportunity for them to interact with multidisciplinary research project, because
    the programme is within the Birmingham Railway Research Centre which is multidisciplinary
    research centre. We have academics from mechanical engineering, from civil engineering, from
    electrical engineering, from geography, from language department, so they interact with
    all of these academics. And also it’s the largest academic based Railway Centre in the
    world, so it’s a great opportunity for them to be there and learn from those great academics
    in the Centre. My favourite thing about teaching this course
    is we have actually diverse students from different backgrounds. We have almost half
    the cohort of students come from the UK and EU and other half come from international
    places – come from China basically, India, Middle East, so we have diversity of students.
    And also the students choose what they want to do in the programme, so they do a research
    project and actually they choose what they want to do and that I like very much that
    they like what they do because they choose it.

    Types of sleepers
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    Types of sleepers

    December 25, 2019

    Ap log ko apta hai the third one is pankudi sleepers Ye log chote se chote avaz ane par he Uth jate hai . Demo dekhata hu

    Masters Railway Systems Engineering and Integration at the University of Birmingham
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    Masters Railway Systems Engineering and Integration at the University of Birmingham

    December 11, 2019

    Hi I’m Stephen Kent, I’m both a Teaching
    Fellow and a Research Fellow at the Railway Centre at the University. I’m
    mostly involved with the programme that’s called Railway Systems Engineering and
    Integration. The programme is unique, partly because of the how well established it
    is, it’s been running for I think 23 years now, but the core thing about it is the
    sheer breadth of topics that you cover. We cover everything from the
    technology, to the operations, to the management, to the ergonomics, it’s the full range of aspects that you need to know about it in order to take a useful place in
    the industry. The programme is aimed both at those who are just starting out in
    their career and the railways, but it’s also for those who are more experienced
    rail professionals who want to broaden their their their knowledge and
    understanding of the railway its systems and how it works. The course is largely
    lecture based and it’s taught over eight one week long modules, very intensive
    modules, now you can study those modules pretty much in any order. So for
    full-time students they’re here for a year and they’ll complete all of the
    taught part of the course and all of the rest of the elements of the course in
    that one year. But critically for part-time students you can study the
    course over maybe two or three years for the taught element and you then need to
    allow a bit more time for your dissertation thereafter. So very varying
    patterns of attendance for students according to to what they need we’re
    very flexible in that regard. As I say it’s mainly lecture based but we also do
    other things like tutorials, site visits, we run workshops, and we also have what’s called a study tour, where you’ll go around various railway organisations in
    different countries and see how things work behind the scenes, and actually get
    a real feel for how the railways really work. So that as an excellent addition
    to the course. In terms of assessment, we actually do a remarkable amount of
    assessment on this course, you’ll be doing a good number of assingments
    for each and every module. There are class tests at the end of the week just
    so as you can keep tabs on how you’re getting on and we can understand how
    you’re getting on. Inevitably of course there are exams
    around Easter time for the course. You’ve then got your dissertation, your
    dissertation can be quite a significant piece of work and we always advise
    students to choose something that intrigues you and interests you about
    the rail industry. We of course support students through that but that’s quite a
    significant piece of further work that is of course assessed at the end of the day. The aim is for those new to railway industry, the aim is to really kickstart your
    career to give you the breadth of knowledge that you’ll need to be a bit
    more confident and perhaps contributes a bit more in your place of work. For those
    who are more experienced and we have a lot of experienced railway engineers on
    the programme, again it’s about broadening your understanding and that might be in
    preparation for taking on a more senior role within your organisation. It can
    also be about gaining chartership status, which of course is increasingly
    important for engineers both in the rail industry and other related disciplines.
    We find a lot of students choose this particular course because of its
    reputation, as I said it’s been running for 23 years, a lot of our graduates have
    gone on to really quite senior positions in the rail industry both in UK and
    abroad. That tends to get us a steady stream of students from managers who may be recommending to younger members of staff that they really ought to come on
    this course. A lot of our students are sponsored by industry, so primarily
    it’s the the reputation of the course and the reputation that has in industry.
    The chance is if you at the start of your career we’re helping you get a
    job, or if you’re maybe had a few years in the industry helping you progress up
    and through the industry structure. For me the best thing about teaching on
    the course is really the interaction with the students, I mean I thoroughly
    enjoy doing the lecturing side but there’s also quite a lot of more one-to-one interaction with students when you’re doing tutorials.
    Particularly when we’re doing the team exercises which is something that the
    students undertake during the evenings of the module week.

    Hot Topics – Prof Clive Roberts – Railway Engineering
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    Hot Topics – Prof Clive Roberts – Railway Engineering

    December 4, 2019

    Around the world there’s a renaissance
    in railway engineering. Our researchers at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and
    Education are helping on those projects around the world to bring new technology,
    new digital technology that could help improve the customer experience, increase
    the capacity, reduce the amount of carbon that’s used on those railways and also
    reduce the cost. Birmingham leads the UK rail research and innovation network, a
    partnership of eight universities and 17 companies who work to improve railway
    systems through new research. At Birmingham we house the Digital Centre
    for Railway Innovation, a centre of excellence around the UKRRIN system and
    we also lead the whole activity over the area of rolling stock and infrastructure.
    Companies supporting this activity include Siemens, Bombardier, Alstom,
    Network Rail, HS2 and IBM among others. One of the areas we work in a lot is in
    railway simulation. In this area we’re trying to simulate railways for the
    future so new technology, new timetables new methods of operation. It’s really
    important that our railways in the future run on time, they become more
    punctual and we can carry more people, so the kind of work we’re doing in
    simulation enables us to look at the future, look at what the technologies can
    do for us and see whether they’re worth implementing. We also undertake work in
    the area of condition monitoring and automation. In the area condition
    monitoring we’ve put sensors now on to 9,600 sets of
    points in the UK that are operated by Network Rail. We then take that data and
    process it and predict failures of those assets. This enables maintenance to be
    carried out before the asset actually fails and trains are disrupted. Similarly
    we put sensors onto trains to measure the track, we’re also using robots to
    look at wheel sets and the size of the wheel sets and also cracks. We are also
    using drones to inspect sections of the track to see whether it’s safe to
    operate trains. Research at Birmingham is being applied to railways around the
    world. In China in Guangzhou we are looking at condition monitoring work. We’re
    undertaking simulations to help the Singapore Metro run more efficiently.
    We’re helping with work on HS2 being built in the UK, as well as upgrading of
    the conventional lines here in the UK to apply more digital
    technology which will help us run more trains and more trains on time

    Society Vlog – RailSoc – Railway Society
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    Society Vlog – RailSoc – Railway Society

    December 1, 2019

    The University of Birmingham Rail Society or
    RailSoc for short is a society for anyone interested railways both professional and
    casual. Our events range from presentations and courses with all sorts of railway
    professionals and also we visited depots and heritage railways and also have
    a variety of university socials So we’re here in Northampton today and
    we’re going to be visiting Kings Heath Depot and the National Training Academy
    for Rail, going to have a look around see what they’ve got there see what they do
    and yeah it should be quite interesting We’re RailSoc and we’re about to do a
    walk along the disused Harborne railway just by the uni the other side of the medical campus quite a nice walk it’s through quite pleasant surroundings,
    leafy cuttings and things and it’s something we like to do at RailSoc So we’re now on the site of the Harborne railway. It was first proposed in 1866 by a group of local businessmen the actual
    station itself which opened in November of ’74 after five years of construction
    is quite a lot for a short branch there were problems in raising capital.
    The station itself is down there where the housing estate is now and that was demolished in the seventies So Richard managed to drop all his notes
    on this visit into the canal so it looks like we won’t be doing a repeat or a
    rinse and repeat So we are the UoB RailSoc and we’ve just been to Cross Country Train’s Head Office in the centre of Birmingham
    to see their train planning unit which is all about timetabling trains, where each train starts and finishes where what driver’s going to drive what train so kind of problem solving, generally quite interesting we got certificates and everything it was a sort of professional course I thought it was a fantastic day, we learnt a lot about train planning and what it’s like to work in industry One of the things we are trying to do is do
    things you can’t normally do If you’d like to get involved, take a look at our page on the University website the links to our Facebook group where you can find
    out about the events we’re putting on we hope to see you at one of them soon. Join UoB RailSoc Exactly

    MSc Railway Systems Engineering and Integration at the University of Birmingham
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    MSc Railway Systems Engineering and Integration at the University of Birmingham

    December 1, 2019

    I’m Stephen Nuttal, I’m a principal Permanent Way Engineer with Atkins and I’m based in Croydon. I graduated 18 months ago and since then I’ve become a nominated technical authority within the company, which means I get called upon to do high-level work which I wouldn’t have done otherwise. I did the MSc in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration, which was part of the School of Civil Engineering here at the University of Birmingham. The course was about railway engineering as a whole, how it works as a system, and how it all integrates together. The taught part of the course is eight one week modules, and as an overseas student based in Hong Kong at the time, I did that in two one week modules per term over two years. Each module had a minor and a major assignment attached to it, and there exams at the end of each year. After the taught module I then had to do a major dissertation project. At the time there was a lack of formal qualifications in engineering of railways and Birmingham offered that course at a time when nobody else did. I’ve seen that there are newer courses, but from the content I still think Birmingham is one of the best and I would recommend it to anyone. I found the campus a very pleasant place to be, even in the middle of winter. The library is good and as a postgraduate overseas student having the support of the research portals through the internet was a very good bonus to have. It’s given me a lot more confidence that I can talk about and understand the whole aspect of the railway system whereas it tends to be compartmentalised industry. So having a broad understanding really helps the integration of projects, coordination of projects and better project at the end of the day. The modules themselves had a half day visit to a factory or manufacturing facility or middle metro depot. There was a field tour which lasted ten days and that took us from Southern Italy in Naples through Rome, Nice Bordeaux, Paris and back to London, all using trains. We visited behind the scenes at various railway companies – metro systems; we even had a cab ride in a high-speed train. My top tip as a part-time fully employed mature student is really think about organising your private life to commit time to the study that you need to do offline, as well as having an understanding employer.

    Master of Research in Railway Systems Integration at The University of Birmingham
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    Master of Research in Railway Systems Integration at The University of Birmingham

    November 22, 2019

    I’m Tingyu Xin. I’m an MRes student in Railway Systems Integration. There are many reasons to choose the research degree at the University of Birmingham. The first reason is because of the high reputation of the University. A second one is that I think the University has strong links with industry, the students have opportunities to meet people from companies and build their own connections, Also this gives students more chances to find good jobs, and a third reason is scholarship and funding. The University offers different kinds of university and industry funded scholarships, which makes my life easier. I think being a research student at the University of Birmingham is really nice, because I can meet people from different countries and different research areas. We can share and discuss my research stuff with them. I also like the relationship between teachers and students here; we are like a family. I think it’s very nice because I like everything about Birmingham and my favourite thing is about the people i meet here, including my supervisors, teaching fellows and my classmates. They’re from different countries but we are here like family, and it’s a multicultural atmosphere. I’s a very encouraging environment I think. My favourite thing of being a postgraduate researcher is becoming a member of a research team, which I like very much. Also the second thing is that I can meet people from all over the world, so when I’m learning something about railways at the same time I can also learn something about the different cultures. After I graduate I want to find a job in the UK, and I know some of the people who have graduated from the Railway Research Centre have found really good jobs, no matter if they’re in the UK or back in their own countries. For example the people in UK that are working good companies such as Network Rail, Interfleet and so on. At our University I have consulted the career services such as a CV clinic and the coaching workshop. I think they’re quite useful. So now I know what I should prepare for getting a good job.

    Drogon & Daenerys Loot Train Attack – Game of Thrones Season 7 Ep 4 The Spoils of War Battle Jaime
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    Drogon & Daenerys Loot Train Attack – Game of Thrones Season 7 Ep 4 The Spoils of War Battle Jaime

    November 13, 2019

    – Jaime: Spears out!
    – Randyll: Steady! Hold the line! – Get back to King’s Landing.
    – I’m not abandoning my army. Bronn: You’re the commander,
    not a damn infantryman. Those fuckers are
    about to swamp us. We can hold them off. ( dragon roaring ) ( roaring ) Dracarys! ( pants ) ( men screaming ) ( screaming continues ) ( screams echoing ) ( Dothraki shrieking ) Jaime:
    Hold the line! Hold! – Bronn: Hold it, lads!
    – Hold the line! – Man: Throw it!
    – ( grunts, screams ) – ( grunts )
    – Man: Hold! ( men grunting ) ( men shouting ) Man:
    Draw! Loose! ( dragon roars ) ( men screaming ) – Archers!
    – Man: Archers! Archers, with me! – Man: Archers, to the line!
    – Man #2: To the line! – Nock!
    – Man: Nock! – ( dragon roaring )
    – Draw! – Loose!
    – Man: Loose! Man:
    Run! ( men screaming ) Qyburn’s scorpion
    is over there. Go get it, then. I can’t shoot
    with one hand. – ( horse neighs )
    – Bronn: Come on! ( shouts ) ( grunting ) ( shouts ) ( horse screaming ) ( shouts ) ( man screaming ) ( horse bellowing ) – ( men screaming )
    – Man: Need help! ( screaming ) ( men screaming ) ( dragon roaring ) ( Dothraki shrieking ) ( grunts ) Where are you? ( roaring ) ( men screaming ) ( Dothraki shrieking
    in distance ) ( screams echoing ) ( speaking Dothraki ) ( horse screaming ) ( screams echoing ) ( dragon roaring ) Take cover! Come on, you fucker. Dracarys. ( roaring ) ( yelps ) ( dragon crying out ) ( panting ) ( men screaming ) ( roaring ) ( grunting ) ( grunting ) ( roaring ) Flee, you idiot. – Come on, boy. Come on!
    – ( horse neighs ) You idiot.
    You fucking idiot. ( grunts )