Sentient Science and Trapeze Group announces new collaboration to help transit agencies budget and optimize rail maintenance investments.

Buffalo, New York – September 21, 2021 – The joint initiative integrates Sentient Science’s prescriptive rail maintenance software within Trapeze’s market-leading Enterprise Asset Management, Capital Planning, and State of Good Repair Tools. This collaboration allows rail transit agencies and railroads to measure the life extension and cost savings from rail grinding, milling and friction management, ultimately allowing agencies to make well-informed investment decisions.

Trapeze Group, the global leader in transit technology, and Sentient Science, an industry leader in prescriptive rail maintenance software, announce their new collaboration to allow rail transit agencies and railroads to more easily plan, approve, and fund rail maintenance, ultimately reducing maintenance costs and extending rail life.

Trapeze’s light, heavy, commuter, and intercity rail customers can effortlessly integrate DigitalClone for Rail’s track engineering data, economics, and physics-based models into their existing capital planning, budgeting, and work execution processes in the Trapeze EAM platform.

Sentient Science’s DigitalClone for Rail Maintenance (DC-RM) software helps track engineers and chief engineers simulate and compare the life extension of different maintenance strategies including rail grinding, milling, friction management, and material selection. The software provides the business case to help identify each agency’s optimal rail maintenance strategy and make the work easier to approve.

Trapeze EAM is the industry-leading asset management platform that is built for rail properties to enable easier capital planning through clear cost-benefit analysis of the work specifications, budget impact, future cost avoidance, and alternatives considered.

“The Federal Transit Agency’s Transit Asset Management and State of Good Repair initiatives show more evidence is required to support rail maintenance funding, and that these investments must be allocated and executed in the most effective way. The rail and track are the most complex system at these agencies – both technically and financially – and we are excited for this joint initiative with Trapeze to make it easier for rail agencies to show they are maintaining their rail optimally, and ultimately saving money,” says Wesley Thomas, Senior Vice President (SVP) and General Manager (GM), Rail at Sentient Science.

“Through our collaboration with Sentient Science, rail customers can seamlessly go from Trapeze EAM to Sentient Science data from within the EAM Module. Our customers now have a very robust toolset to reduce maintenance costs and extend rail life.” says Artur Miranda, Manager, Partner Solutions & Alliances, Trapeze.

About DigitalClone

DigitalClone is a physics-based computational modeling and design framework that simulates the microstructure of different components and their behavior. It calculates internal stresses caused by different applied loading conditions, accumulates internal damages resulting in crack nucleation and propagation, and investigates the performance and life prediction. DigitalClone-AM accounts for various AM process parameters – such as laser power, scan speed, hatch strategy, layer thickness, and others – to generate highly accurate predictions of part-level distortion, residual stress, grain structure, and porosity. Sentient’s AM expertise include process and microstructure modeling of the AM build process, microstructure-based life prediction of AM components, in-process defect monitoring and correction, reliability-centered part design and optimization, and lifecycle cost analysis. Sentient’s AM fatigue life prediction capability has been demonstrated for several materials and components with high accuracy. Since 2015, Sentient Science has received a total of $5.6M in funding from the US DoD and NASA to continue to expand the company’s additive manufacturing capabilities.

About Sentient Science

Sentient Science’s DigitalClone® software applies materials science and physics-based modeling to predict wear and fatigue damage of in the microstructure of critical components and major systems of helicopter drivetrains and rotating mechanical equipment. DigitalClone provides prognostic solutions impacting design, manufacturing, operations, sustainment, supply chain management, and many other aspects of the lifecycle of critical rotorcraft components. Sentient Science received the 2014 Tibbets Award at the White House for the role they played in research and development for the Government and for success in driving innovation into the industrial and energy marketplace, the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Pioneers Award in 2016 for commercialization of the DigitalClone software for life extension of wind turbines and Excellence in Wind Prognostics by Frost & Sullivan in 2017 and the 2020 Top Aviation Solution Providers by Aerospace & Defense Review.

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About Trapeze Group

Trapeze Group Trapeze Group works with public transit agencies and their communities to develop and deliver smarter, more effective public transit solutions. For more than 25 years we have been “here for the journey,” evolving with our public transport customers around the world helping them to move people from point A to Z and everywhere in between.