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2015 Heavy Haul Sessions Speakers:

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Nick Dryer

MRP, Rail Friction Management

BNSF Railways

Mark D. Richards

Research Metallurgist

EVRAZ North America

The Effects of Top of Rail Materials and Rail Grinding on Head Hardened Rail
Gary Wolf


Wolf Railway Consulting, LLC.

Origins, Causes, and Preventon of Wide Gauge Derailments
Norm Hooper


Hooper Engineering

Rail Asset Management for the Non-Railroader
Dr. Allan Zarembski

PE, Research Prof. & Dir. Railroad Engineering & Safety Program

University of Delaware

Brad Kerchof

Director Research
& Tests

Norfolk Southern

Wheel Climb Risk at Turnouts
Development of Switch Point Inspection Gauges to Reduce Wheel Climb Derailments
Jon Jeambey

Director R&D

TTX Company

Manganese Steel Cup Liners for 125-Ton Truck Bolster Bowls in Articulated Well Cars
Dr. Andrew Kish


Kandrew Inc. Consulting Services

Improving Hot Weather Speed Restrictions: When Do We Need Them?

Managing Big Data: How to Get More Useful Information from Data

Rail Integrity has a direct impact on safety, operations, maintenance, planning and overall economics. A panel of experts will look at several aspects of maintaining rail integrity in the field: Rail production, hardness and cleanliness; rail testing and defect monitoring, the effects of temperature; and wear measurement and rail wear limits.

Dr. Allan Zarembski

University of Delaware


Larry Biess

Director, Business Intelligence


Joe Palese

Sr. Dir. Engineering 

Harsco Rail

Prof. Nii Attoh-Okine

University of Delaware

Kevin Day

Asst. Chief Eng., Technology
Testing & Standards

Canadian National Railway


2015 Heavy Haul Seminar Speakers - Day 2:

Kim Bowling

Director of Advanced Engineering


Kambiz Nayebi


Beena Vision Systems, Inc.

Machine Vision: A Closer Look
John Peters

Manager of Operating Systems and Technology

Union Pacific Railroad

David Elvidge

Principal Development Engineer

L.B. Foster Company

The Effect of Train Mounted TOR-FM on Wheel Life and Defects
Rich Kral

Engineering Manager, R&D

Holland LP

How Increased Loads Affect Rail Welds/Potential Flash Butt Weld Improvements
Tom Bourgonje

Regional Chief Engineer - Southern Region

CN Rail

Darrell Cantrel

VP Engineering

Cantrell Rail Services/Amsted RPS

Addressing Track Modulus at Bridge / Track Transition Zones
Brad Kerchof

Norfolk Southern

Director Research & Tests

Validation of Rail Crack Measurement Devices on NS
Eric Magel

P. Eng.

NRC, Canada

Quantifying Rail Surface Fatigue with Electromagnetic Walking Sticks
John Deppen

Director Engineering, End-of-Car Systems

Amsted Rail

In-Train Dynamics of Freight Car Cushioning
Walter Rosenberger

Operations Engineer

Norfolk Southern

Challenges of Handling Multilevels and Other Long Cushion-Equipped Cars
Brad Kerchof

Norfolk Southern

Director Research & Tests

Correcting Adverse High Rail Profiles to Promote Desirable Wheel Contact and Rail Stability