Titan ICT Consultant's rail specialist, Rodrigo Alvarez, is packing his bags and heading to that Hub of Empire affectionately known as 'The Smoke'.

After the success of the foundation CBTC Kickstarter Seminar held in Sydney last December, Frank Heibel and Rodrigo Alvarez are jetting halfway across the globe to reach new audiences at the next CBTC KickStarter Seminar taking place on 3 and 4 March in London.

London was the obvious choice for the first European session of the CBTC Kickstarter Seminar. As most in the rail industry may know, London was the first city in the world to have a modern mass transit system, with the Metropolitan Railway opening in 1863 the first section of what today constitutes London Underground's Metropolitan, District and Circle Lines. But what you may not know is that London is also home to an antecessor of today's CBTC technology in Docklands Light Railway's 1994 SelTrac solution, which is still fully operational today, 21 years on.

London can also boast two operational CBTC systems in London Underground's Jubilee and Northern Lines, with other LU lines following suit by the major upgrade that the Sub-Surface Railway signalling project will represent for the Circle, Hammersmith and City, District and Metropolitan Lines.

To add even more fuel to the fire, Crossrail, labelled by some as the largest engineering project in Europe, is also deploying CBTC in its Central Section tunnels across central London. This CBTC system will be the first in the world to interface with an ETCS Level 2 system as Crossrail trains go through the Royal Oak tunnel portal and join Network Rail's Great Western Main Line to serve the Western Section stations between Paddington and Reading. It would be an understatement to say that this interface will be of extremely high complexity.

Taking into account all this activity, it is undeniable that there is a lot going on in the CBTC space in South East England. In order to help the UK and European railway industries to support these changes, Doc Frank and Titan ICT Consultants are offering a two day seminar that will help rail industry professional attendees to obtain a fresh and thorough first approach to CBTC technology.

CBTC KickStarter has been set up by Dr Frank Heibel ('Doc Frank'), one of Australia's most prominent railway signalling and Automatic Train Control consultants. Doc Frank has configured a team of presenters that describes the different features and components of CBTC systems in a clear and accessible language, with the declared goal of ensuring that the audience understands everything that is covered during the seminar.

And, since Communications technologies are clearly central to Communications-Based Train Control, Doc Frank enlisted Rodrigo Alvarez, Titan ICT's own railway communications technology expert, to join his team of presenters. Rodrigo's session will provide a deeper coverage of the Data Communications Network component of CBTC systems, giving attendees an understanding of critical communication interfaces that are too often overlooked in other signalling-centred training packages. Rodrigo is a former resident of London, and previously held the position of Senior Project Engineer in Network Rail's Crossrail Programme and Project Engineer for Network Rail's ERTMS Programme.

Registrations are now open for the London CTBC Kickstarter seminar. Similar events for Melbourne and Perth (Australia) are currently under preparation and are expected to take place in the first half of 2015.

For more information or to register for future events visit the CBTC Kickstarter website.

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