New point system developer wins Best Young Rail Researcher 2015
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Samuel Bemment, the developer of REPOINT, is named 'Best Young Rail Researcher 2015' by RRUKA and IMechE.

Academic association Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA), facilitated by RSSB and Network Rail, is pleased to announce Loughborough University’s Samuel Bemment as the winner of the 2015 RRUKA Best Young Rail Researcher Award.  The competition, now in its second year, is jointly run by RRUKA and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Railway Division and celebrates the work of a single young rail professional or early career researcher, whose work has the potential to make a significant difference to GB rail.

Samuel impressed the judges with his submission on the REPOINT project, a radical new approach to Switches and Crossing design, which seeks to eliminate a 200 year old railway problem by increasing safety exponentially through its ‘failsafe’ design.  REPOINT is supported by RSSB’s Future Railway Programme and the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Once implemented by industry, REPOINT will be able to provide a more reliable, robust and lower cost solution over traditional point designs.

Samuel commented on his win: “I am delighted to have received this recognition, and thank the panel for their high praise for my work on the REPOINT project.  The demonstrator phase has received very positive industry feedback, and the team and I are working on the design of the first live deployment.  REPOINT has formed the bulk of my work over my time at Loughborough University, and it is a real treat to see a few ‘shower ideas’ become steel reality. For 2016 I have a few other ideas of benefit to the railways of our little island – already at a prototype stage – so watch this space!

Luisa Moisio, Head of Research and Development at RSSB, said: “The competition received a wide breadth of entries, indicative of the strong research talent we have in the UK.  Samuel’s winning entry stood out for us as we can see it delivering real benefit to the industry post implementation.  We are very much looking forward to seeing Samuel present his research findings at the RRUKA Annual Conference in November and showing industry this award winning piece of research in action.”

Runners up for the prize included Arzoo Naghiyev (University of Nottingham/Network Rail) and Calum Sharp (Arup).  Arzoo’s entry focused on a real time eye-tracking study of timetabled routes, comparing the visual behaviour of ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) drivers.  Calum’s project investigated the human response to environmental noise and vibration from freight and passenger railway traffic.

Samuel will be presenting at the fourth RRUKA Annual Conference in Kings Place, London on Thursday 5 November 2015.

Further information about the REPOINT project can be found at http://www.repointswitch.com/

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