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Blended Learning:
Overview of ERTMS/ETCS

5 Modules | Over 5 Weeks
18 January – 15 February 2021

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Key Learning Objectives

  • A full understanding of the basics of ERTMS, what it is, how it originated and why it exists
  • A working appreciation of ERTMS’ architecture, including traffic management, operating rules, ETCS and GPRS
  • A knowledge of the various ERTMS functions and language
  • The different ERTMS levels
  • A detailed knowledge of Trackside architecture Level 1/L2/L3 and Train-borne architecture Level 1/2/3
  • Understand ERTMS train modes
  • Gain knowledge of the driver-machine interface and how this impacts operations and training
  • The issues regarding Train-focused and infrastructure-focused implementation strategies
  • What Future developments might be and how they will affect design and implementations
  • Appreciate the complexity of ERTMS implementation
  • Understand the impact that ERTMS has on safety and operations
  • Have a means to access relevant information regarding ERTMS standards
  • An appreciation of safety assurance challenges

About the course

This blended learning course provides engineers, managers and others involved in European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) projects with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of ERTMS supported by a competency-based structure.

ERTMS is being rolled out across Europe and Worldwide. ERTMS will require new skills and ways of operating in the rail sector. Informa’s on-line training course, ‘An Overview of ERTMS’, provides attendees with critical insight into the system, its technologies and operational requirements.

Attendees will leave with a firm knowledge of trackside and onboard systems, trackside architecture and the Meaning of levels 1/2/3. The opening module provides Introduction to ERTMS and an overview of the context. Functions and levels are then explained along with train-borne and track-side architecture.

The language of ERTMS and the various modes are then covered. The Information is underlined with a real application Case Study of ERTMS and some or the learnings. Finally, the Driver Machine Interface, is covered followed by the Review & Conclusions.

The course combines presentations from our industry experts with exercises, review sessions and explorations of any topical issues. There is a short multiple-choice examination at the end of each course Part to fully reinforce learnings.

Who Should Attend?

Any member of staff – decision makers, project managers, engineers, safety specialist, systems engineers, line managers, software specialists, system integrators, designers and others who are dealing with ERTMS implementation.

The course will enable attendees to have the right tools to facilitate a structured and robust approach to implementing and managing ERTMS railway projects.

Recommended Pre-requisites:
Participants should have a general understanding of engineering and project management principles and practice on the railway.


Howard Parkinson

Chartered Engineer

Clive Osman

Consultant, Digital Rail Limited

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Nice overview presented. Howard brought a lot of technical experience with him.
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Very knowledgeable with significant and relevant experience. Approachable and gave excellent examples of practical application.
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Course Outline


General Introduction to ERTMS

  • What is ERTMS?
  • Brief History of ERTMS
  • Interoperability
  • Where is ERTMS used?


ERTMS Functions and ERTMS Levels

  • Where the main functions of ERMTS are specified
  • Main Functions of ERTMS
  • Speed Supervision
  • Movement Authority
  • ATP Functions
  • Levels (1/2/3)


Live 1-Hour Interactive Session: 28th January – 18:00 (AEDT) (28th January – 7:00 GMT) Reviewing Modules 1 & 2


Trackside Architecture L1/L2 Train borne

  • Trackside L1 Architecture Balise and LEU
  • Trackside L2 Architecture RBC and Balise
  • Trainborne Architecture
    • Driver Machine Interface
    • EuroAntenna
    • Odometeric System
    • European Vital ComputerArchitecture L1/L2


ERTMS Language and ERTMS Train Modes and the Driver Machine Interface

  • Messages
  • Telegrams
  • Packets
  • Variables
  • Dynamic Train Modes
  • Static Train Modes
  • Train Modes (non-leading cab)
  • DMI including
    • Full Supervision
    • Speed Limits
    • Targets
    • Supervised Location
    • End of Authority (Target)
  • Case study on the application of ERTMS in the UK. Learnings and safety assurance implications


Live 1-Hour Interactive Session: 11th February – 18:00 (AEDT) (11th February – 7:00 GMT) Reviewing Modules 3 & 4


Safety Cases, a session review & conclusion

  • Safety Cases and approvals
  • What is the future for ERTMS?
  • Limitations?
  • Review
  • Conclusions


Live 1-Hour Interactive Session: 18th February – 18:00 (AEDT) (18th Feb – 7:00 GMT) Reviewing Module 5 & course recap

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