The Educational Railroading Conference Leader Since 1994


Heavy Haul Sessions Speaker:


Michael Mischke

Michael Mischke
Senior Consulting Systems Engineer
BNSF Railway

Biography: Mike Mischke is a senior consulting systems engineer with BNSF Railway. In his role, Mischke applies new technology to condition assessment methods with the goal of improving railway operational safety and advancing track assessment systems. As a member of the BNSF Technology Services Image/Video Analytics team, Mischke works on the development of machine vision systems to automate condition detection in order to enhance the safe operation of trains and further protect maintenance personnel. His career at BNSF began in 1996 within the engineering department managing the advancement of track measurement information systems. Mischke is an innovator with more than 40 years of experience in the field of track assessment technology, condition data analytics, geographic information systems (GIS), UAS data systems and railway networks for traffic planning. He has been a member of American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) since 1991 and has previously served as the vice president of the Engineering Services Functional Group.

Authored Papers

AREMA 2003 - Track Predictive Indices (TPI): A Large-scale Engineering Information System to deliver Track Measurement Results through an Enterprise Railway Network

AREMA 2005 - Engineering Visual Information Center (EVIC), engineering application that enables easy access to many information needs of a mobile Maintenance of Way Workforce

AREMA 2007 - Automatic Rail Weight Identification System (ARWIS), determination of rail weight through computer software to produce accurate rail wear information for rail asset management.

AREMA 2011 - The benefits of applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and electronic mapping technology to railroad business applications