GE Transportation Signs an Agreement with Aurizon to Provide and Implement a Next-Generation Rail Ne

GE Transportation Signs an Agreement with Aurizon to Provide and Implement a Next-Generation Rail Network Planning and Optimization Solution

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYS: GE) , and one of the world's leading suppliers to the railroad, transit, and mining industries, through its Optimization Solutions business announced today that Aurizon, Australia's largest freight rail company, has signed an agreement to implement an integrated rail network planning and optimization solution. GE's Movement Planner system and SolveIT Software's applications will optimize network train traffic for Aurizon's complex Australian network.

GE Transportation's Movement Planner system is a breakthrough software solution that improves railroad operations and overall utilization of existing infrastructure and resources. Integrating real-time planning with traffic management, and visibility to the entire network, the system produces an optimized plan that helps to move trains faster and more efficiently.

SolveIT Software's Advanced Planning and Scheduling, and Supply Chain Network Optimization systems will generate optimized long and medium term plans, and short term schedules, including Day-of-Operations output in an integrated enterprise decision support application. GE's Movement Planner system will execute SolveIT's schedule and ensure that any deviations or disruptions are handled effectively, recovering the enterprise train schedule back to maximum throughput.

In addition to GE and SolveIT, Aitch, a business improvement and change management consultancy, has been brought in to help ensure successful process innovation and user adoption.

The comprehensive solution set was chosen for its ability to:

• Embed Aurizon's business rules into the software's programming

• Deliver real-time train optimization through interactive graphs

• Automate dispatching with conflict detection and resolution

• Provide immediate visibility of plan versus actual performance, through up-to-the-minute performance dashboards

• Access real-time performance feedback, offering immediate ability for correction

• Offer predictive modeling and supply & demand optimization

"The Movement Planner system is a powerful tool that gives Aurizon the ability to maximize their rail network capacity and supports complex routing decisions in the Day of Operations that focus on returning to plan," said Peter Thomas, General Manager, Optimization Solutions. "The success of the Movement Planner system in the U.S. freight rail market revealed that our solution is both scalable and effective at optimizing network operations. Combined with SolveIT and Aitch's excellent tools and expertise, the team will deliver a complete planning solution to help Aurizon meet its future market demand."

About Aurizon

Aurizon is Australia's largest rail freight company with services operating across five states. In 2011/12, Aurizon transported more than 250 million tons of freight, including coal, iron ore, other minerals, agricultural products and general freight. The company also operates and manages the 2,670 kilometer Central Queensland Coal Network that links mines to coal ports at Bowen, Mackay and Gladstone. Previously known as QR National, Aurizon has more than 147 years of rail freight industry experience.

About SolveIT Software

SolveIT Software Pty Ltd is an Australian company acquired by Schneider Electric in August 2012 and specialises in supply & demand optimization and predictive modelling. Founded upon the leading research of several world-renowned computer scientists and research organisations, we offer enterprise software for advanced planning & scheduling, supply chain network optimization, demand planning & forecasting, and predictive modelling. Our software applications are based on proprietary platforms for advanced optimization, prediction, and what-if analysis, and can optimize production and supply chain activities on both a local (plant) and global (network) level. Customers include Rio Tinto, Xstrata, Visy Industries, Incitec Pivot, ElectraNet, Foster's Group, BHP Billiton, BMA Coal, and Pacific National Coal.

For more information about SolveIT Software, please visit

About Optimization Solutions

Optimization Solutions is a leading provider of transportation management software and analytics to the railroad industry. GE Transportation's Optimization Solutions Software as a Service (SaaS) and licensed solutions are used to manage rail and intermodal operations, signal and communication assets, railcar repair billing and inventory, and multi-modal visibility, planning, and execution for industrial shippers and logistics service providers. For more information please visit

About GE Transportation

GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYS: GE) , solves the world's toughest transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves the rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and lower-emissions freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for rail, marine and stationary power applications, signaling and software solutions, drive systems for mining trucks, and value-added services help customers grow. GE Transportation is headquartered in Chicago, IL., and employs approximately 13,000 employees worldwide.

For more information visit the company's website at

GE Transportation
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