Optimizing Compliance in the Rail Industry: A Conversation with Oleg Ishchuk - SDC Verifier

In today’s dynamic world of railroads, compliance with a variety of norms and standards is becoming a key challenge for companies operating in the industry. In light of this, we spoke with experts from SDC Verifier, a pioneer in compliance verification tools, to find out how their innovative approach can help deal with this challenge. Here’s what they told us:

What are the main challenges of ensuring the rail industry's compliance with various norms and standards that can be addressed with the SDC Verifier tool?

  • Complex Design Requirements: Rail industry components often have intricate designs, and ensuring compliance with multiple norms and standards can be challenging due to the complexity of calculations and analysis required.
  • Regulations: Safety is a top priority in the rail industry. Compliance with standards and ensuring that designs meet these standards can be a complex task.
  • Welded and bolted connections design: Connections in the rail industry must meet specific standards. Ensuring that these standards are met during the design and manufacturing processes is essential.
  • Documentation and Reporting: Companies in the rail sector often need to provide extensive documentation and reports to demonstrate compliance with various norms and standards. Managing this documentation can be time-consuming and error prone.
  • Iterative Design: Rail industry projects often involve iterative design processes, and changes made during the design phase can impact compliance. Managing these changes while ensuring ongoing compliance can be a significant challenge.

SDC Verifier can help address these challenges by providing a platform for performing complex engineering calculations, automating compliance checks, and generating documentation efficiently.

Can you give examples of specific norms or standards that companies in the rail industry need to comply with that can be effectively verified and managed using SDC Verifier?

  • DVS 1608/1612: These are German welding standards for the railway industry.
  • FKM Guidelines: The FKM (Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau) guidelines are used for structural analysis and design verification
  • VDI 2230 Bolt Checks: VDI 2230 is a standard for calculating and verifying the strength of bolted connections.

What are the benefits of automating standards compliance processes using SDC Verifier for companies operating in the rail sector, and what are the potential time and resource savings that can be achieved with the tool?

  1. Time Savings: SDC Verifier automates complex engineering calculations and compliance checks, significantly reducing the time required to verify designs against various standards.
  2. Accuracy: Automation reduces the risk of human error in compliance calculations, leading to more accurate results and minimizing the likelihood of compliance-related issues.
  3. Documentation Efficiency: The tool can generate comprehensive compliance reports and documentation, streamlining the reporting process and ensuring that all necessary information is included.
  4. Iterative Design Support: SDC Verifier can help companies manage changes and iterations in the design process more effectively, ensuring that compliance is maintained throughout the project.
  5. Resource Efficiency: By automating compliance processes, companies can allocate their engineering resources more efficiently, reducing the need for manual calculations and verifications.