PCS MONTHLY NEWS – JUNE 2021

June 2021 Recap

RNE organised the regular annual Technical Meeting conference for IMs/ABs from the 14th to the 18th of this month to harmonise the international timetables.

In the PCS life cycle, the Path elaboration phase began on 13 April and will run until 5 July, the deadline for Draft Offer. In those Path requests where PaPs were requested, the Path elaboration phase started two weeks later from 26 April. During this period, IMs/ABs checked the offers received from the applicants and ensured the availability of the constructed/designed train paths.

Our goal is to continue to provide the best possible technical service and customer support and the constantly evolving PCS, helping users to conduct their daily business comfortably with the following new features:

  • The development of the RFC KPI reports started
  • Redesign of the composite relation

And many more new elements published in our CMS in PCS under PCS history book, making the information available to everyone. Each chapter is a news release note. Click each chapter’s link to read more in detail: https://cms.rne.eu/node/30476/pcs-history

For public access, the chapters are located on the rights side in the Related Documents section in the Reference area.

We do not leave ECMT development lagging behind PCS. Our ECMT users can check out some interesting new changes and visit the ECMT site sprint reviews for detailed information:

  • Route selection – create the route finder service
  • Path conflict detection from TCRs
  • Changing the logo
  • TCR object route mode
  • Change search page to make route selection possible

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 50 times in various issues in June, mainly with user access requests, password resets, IM parameters, and interface problems.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – MAY 2021

May 2021 Recap

The time has come, and for the second time since February, we have organised our regular PCS User group and Test group, and the Change Control Board (CCB) meetings.

The Test Group meeting on the 3rd presented the change requests (CRs) and the participants tested them in groups. The PCS Team gathered their feedback before the end of the meeting.

On 4 May, during the PCS User Group meeting with a wider audience, participants received an update on the development roadmap, shared experiences about the path request deadline, reviewed the feasibility study processes, and RFC 8 cooperation with RFC 7 introduced a new change request and proposal of the full calendar customisation in PaP import sheet.

In the afternoon of the same day, the CCB meeting members reviewed the budget costs, received a deep overview of the development roadmap, information of the newly established ECMT CCB and Advisory group, detailed description of impact assessment of the TOM object model and continued the discussion of the single border point solution proposal. Furthermore, the members were asked their opinion of the implicit acceptance or rejection of the Final Offer to improve the situation for the IMs.

Our goal is to continue to provide the best possible technical service and customer support, and the constantly evolving PCS helping users to live their daily business comfortably with the following new features:

  • Migration for merged agencies. (This is part of the “No splitting anymore for applicants agencies” changes)
  • Removed parameter changes view improvement
  • Automatisation of the delayed processes to support delayed dossier from the consultation phase to Post-processing.
  • The “Links” view improvement

And many more new elements published in our CMS in PCS under PCS history book, making the information available to everyone. Each chapter is a news release note. Click each chapter’s link to read more in detail: https://cms.rne.eu/node/30476/pcs-history

For public access, the chapters are located on the right side in the Related Documents section in the Reference area.

We do not leave ECMT development lagging behind PCS. Our ECMT users can check out some interesting new changes and visit the ECMT site sprint reviews for detailed information:

  • TCR timetable precision – new check-box implemented “Different duration” to enable adding the “To time” and the “From time” from the origin until the destination.
  • Export from the object list page
  • Creating frequency
  • Bug fixed for the offset issue at midnight-crossing band
  • Search page export batch process

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 36 times in various issues in May, mainly with user access requests password resets, IM parameters and timetable comparison problems.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – APRIL 2021

Apr 2021 Recap

During this month, the PCS international timetable process reached two main target dates in the 2021 annual timetable: The Path Request (X-8) and the Pre-booking (X-7.5) deadlines.

The New Path Request process ended with the Path Request deadline, and the Late Path Request process began on 13 April.

The leading Applicants ensured that all participants agreed with the requests, all path-related lights set to green, and submitted their path requests until the 12 April. The dossiers in which all traffic lights were already set to green, PCS promoted automatically to Path Request or Pre-booking phase.

Rail Freight Corridors were busy during this period as well and pre-booked the Pre-arranged paths (PaPs) or reserved alternative PaPs between 13 and 26 April. After the X-7.5 deadline, they worked on returning RFC capacity to IMs/ABs.

Our goal is to continue to provide the best possible technical service and customer support, and the constantly evolving PCS helping users to live their daily business comfortably with the following new features:

  • Export search results to Excel: the user’s grid is exported in Excel format
  • Check of running missing days: A new button is added to check the calendar in other timetables that are visible to the user at the given phase (Applicant TT, IM TT, C-OSS TT). Calendars are compared to show the missing running days.
  • No splitting anymore for applicants agencies
  • Improve validation alert
    • Login failed
    • New warning message implemented in the wizard: two locations must-have on a territory

And many more new elements published in our CMS in PCS under PCS history book, making the information available to everyone. Each chapter is a news release note. Click each chapter’s link to read more in detail: https://cms.rne.eu/node/30476/pcs-history

For public access, the chapters are located on the right side in the Related Documents section in the Reference area.

We do not leave ECMT development lagging behind PCS. Our ECMT users can check out some interesting new changes and visit the ECMT site sprint reviews for detailed information:

  • Validation errors for frequency object creation/bulk edit page: validation messages are developed and deployed into the testing.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 119 times in various issues in April, mainly with user access requests password resets, fixing calendar inconsistency, and pre-booking conflicts.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – MARCH 2021

March is a peak period for the PCS Team, the Passenger Traffic Applicants and the IMs/ABs.

The time has come in this month that we passed two automatic promotion deadlines:

  • Feasibility Elaboration Conference to Harmonisation on the 15th at 23:59
  • Feasibility Study Result to Harmonization between the 15th and 19th every night at 23:59

Passenger Traffic Applicants and IMs analysed and worked on their timetables, aiming to carry out the feasibility studies in time to automatically switch their dossiers from the Feasibility Elaboration Conference phase to the Harmonisation until the deadline.

Those IMs / ABs who were not able to complete their analysis had to manually switch their dossiers from Feasibility Elaboration Conference to Feasibility Study Elaboration and then to the Feasibility Study Result phase before the deadline.

Freight Traffic Applicants were busy creating their path requests and allocating rail capacity to secure smooth transport of goods.

Our goal is to continue to provide the best possible technical service and customer support and the constantly evolving PCS helping users to live their daily business comfortably with the following new features:

  • New Path variant calendar
  • Downgrade notifications improvement (merging notifications into one message to be sent to the partner IM)
  • Show path request last date: the dashboard extended with an additional sortable column that shows the date and time when the dossier reached path request status.
  • Validation alert improvement: entered a new warning message regarding two locations required in a territory

And many more new elements published in our CMS in PCS under PCS history book to make the information available to everyone. Each chapter is a news release note. Click each chapter’s link to read more in detail: https://cms.rne.eu/node/30476/pcs-history

For public access, the chapters are located on the rights side in the Related Documents section in the Reference area.

We do not leave ECMT development lagging behind PCS. Our ECMT users can check out some interesting new changes and visit the ECMT site sprint reviews for detailed information:

  • Company registration was added to the tool
  • Frequency object design finished: the user can create frequency only for the line where the user has access.
  • Route selection plan design started: technical requirements analysis in progress

 

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 154 times in various issues in March, mainly with user access requests, password resets, fixing calendar inconsistencies, and modifying timetables/deleting territories once the dossier entered feasibility study phases.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – FEBRUARY 2021

February may be the shortest month of the year, but there was plenty of work to be done which kept the PCS Team busy.

In this month, the PCS Team’s regular quarterly meetings were organized at the beginning of February.

The PCS UG was held on 2nd of February where participants received an update of the implemented features from 2020, including:

  • PCS integration to RNE BigData and CRD
  • FTE CRs phase I
  • New PaP import sheet
  • TAF-TSI connection

Also introduced were the schedule of meetings for TT2021, training occasions with RFC’s, the Development Roadmap, Deskero as RNE’s new ticketing software, and the PCS Satisfaction Survey results were shared.

During the PCS CCB meetings on 3rd of February, IMs had the opportunity to review the budget and approve the costs for TT2021. The PCS Team shared information on the TTR migration concept and timetable quality issues. They also gathered bi-weekly meetings feedback, communicated the next important changes in PCS, that “Operational IM” field will be renamed to “Owner IM”, and introduced the Single Border Solution proposal (using the subsidiary location codes).

Currently, Infrastructure Managers (IMs) are busy carrying out feasibility studies on international passenger train requests.

We held the following training together with the Rail Freight Corridors via MS Teams:

  • 15th February, general beginner and advanced sessions
  • 16th February, general beginner session
  • 17th February, advanced session

We also participated in the RFC-specific training to support RFCs with PCS-related questions.

Our goal is to continue to provide the best possible technical service and customer support and the constantly evolving PCS, helping users to conduct their daily business comfortably with the following new features:

  • Downgrade notification without impact on the territory
  • FTE Phase 1 last leftovers and some of the additional points.
  • WS schema changes
  • Applicant/RU confirmation

And many more new elements published in our CMS in PCS under PCS history book by making the information available to everyone. Each chapter is a news release note. Click each chapter’s link to read more in detail: https://cms.rne.eu/node/30476/pcs-history

For public access, the chapters are located on the rights side in the Related Documents section in the Reference area.

We do not leave ECMT development lagging behind PCS. Our ECMT users can check out some interesting new changes and visit the ECMT site sprint reviews for detailed information:

  • Chart loading upon user trigger
  • Open object automatically in new tab
  • Validation error:
    • Change the TT period
    • All-day/circulation days problem

 

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 64 times in various issues in February, mainly with user access requests, password resets, PaP publication issues and carry forward questions.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – DECEMBER 2020 – JANUARY 2021

January has come and gone and it’s once again time for our monthly news!  With Christmas gone, we say hello to the New Year, as well as some exciting content lined up in January.

January is an eventful month for everyone, and we passed three significant deadlines. Firstly, the Rail Freight Corridors were busy importing their Pre-arranged Paths (PaPs) into the system to finalise and publish their catalogues by 11th of January. Secondly, in December, passenger traffic Applicants started their work to carry forward their dossiers for the next timetable period (TT2022) and they were still busy with carrying forward their dossiers until the 18th of January to get ready for the first automatic promotion deadline. And lastly, the FTE A Passenger traffic online coordination conference was held 12th – 15th January, where participants harmonised their trains for timetable 2022. Applicants prepared their feasibility study requests for the international passenger trains, and they submitted them on 19th of January to the Infrastructure Managers (IMs) to carry out feasibility studies.

Rail Freight Corridors announced in January their regular annual training events and we started the preparation of the training sessions in close cooperation with the RFCs. The trainings will be held 15th –  19th February. In this year the training series is split into beginner or advanced user groups where PCS users can gain knowledge of the new PCS GUI elements, resolving calendar consistency (avoiding overlapping days), harmonising borders (warning in case of non-harmonised borders), using multiple PaPs even in the territory for different days, and with using local times and time zones.

If you are interested, please register for the events:

  • 5th February, 09:00-11:00 via MS Teams, General RNE training for beginner users (register)
  • 15th February, 14:00-16:00 via MS Teams, General RNE training for advanced users (register)
  • 16th February, 09:00-11:00 via MS Teams, RFC-specific training held by Group 2 (see information on RFC groups below) (register)
  • 16th February, 11:00-13:00 via MS Teams, General RNE training for beginner users (register)
  • 16th February, 14:00-16:00 via MS Teams, RFC-specific training held by Group 1 (register)
  • 17th February, 09:00-11:00 via MS Teams, RFC-specific training held by Group 3 (register)
  • 17th February, 11:00-13:00 via MS Teams, General RNE training for advanced users (register)
  • 17th February, 14:00-16:00 via MS Teams, RFC-specific training held by Group 2 (register)
  • 18th February, 09:00-11:00 via MS Teams, RFC-specific training held by Group 1 (register)
  • 18th February, 14:00-16:00 via MS Teams, RFC-specific training held by Group 3 (register)
  • 19th February, 09:00-11:00 via MS Teams, RFC-specific training held by Group 2 (register)

 

 RFC Group 1: jointly organised by RFC North Sea-Med, Atlantic, Mediterranean, and North Sea-Baltic

RFC Group 2: jointly organised by RFC Baltic-Adriatic, Orient/East-Med, North Sea-Baltic, Rhine-Danube, Alpine-Western Balkan, and Amber

RFC Group 3: jointly organised by RFC Rhine-Alpine, North Sea-Med, Scan-Med, and North Sea-Baltic

Our goal is to continue to provide the best possible technical service and customer support, and the constantly evolving PCS shall help users to go about their daily business comfortably with the following new features:

  • Edit/delete comments
  • Territory check-in Applicant path step of the wizard.
  • Arrival and departure time should be marked as a required field when adding a subpath/territory in the existing dossier or creating a dossier from the wizard with two territories,
  • BigDat integration between PCS with daily synchronization
  • Parameter changes for removed values
  • New excel import for PaPs and catalogs
  • Operation Points View – add/edit options for countries, not in CRD
  • Loco type structure and national activity types adjusted to be in line with TAF-TSI structure

Many more new elements are published in our CMS PCS space under PCS history book to make the information available to everyone. Click each chapter’s link to read more in detail: https://cms.rne.eu/node/30476/pcs-history

We do not leave ECMT development lagging behind PCS. Our ECMT users can check out some interesting new changes and visit the ECMT site sprint reviews for detailed information on:

  • Criss-crossing objects with offset
  • Delete/remove location
  • Key enter should start a search (bug)
  • Remove day from the calendar (bug)
  • Detecting overlapping objects (optimisation)
  • Disabled save option for path editing
  • Chart loading upon user trigger
  • Open object automatically in new tab
  • Detect overlapping objects

 

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 111 times in various issues in January, mainly with user access requests password resets PaP publication issues and carry forward questions.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – NOVEMBER 2020

The PCS Team is planning to organise trainings in February with the RFCs where PCS users can become more familiar with the new PCS functions:

  • new GUI elements,
  • how to solve the calendar consistency (avoiding overlapping days),
  • how to harmonise borders (warning on not harmonised borders),
  • how to apply borders properly,
  • how to select PaPs belonging to multiple PaP IDs even on the same territory for different days and
  • how to use local times and time zones.

Dates will be published.

Currently, passenger traffic users are working on the carry forward of the dossiers for the next timetable period (TT2022), then, they will promote the dossiers to the Harmonisation phase and the Feasibility Study process can start.

The RFCs are busy preparing their Pre-Arranged Products (PaPs) in PCS for the next timetable period.

Also, the PCS Team has been constantly updating the document library, and extending with detailed information and screenshots.

The PCS team was busy testing the new PCS developments:

  • Updated the web-service endpoint to 6.1
  • Implemented Loco type WS operations according to the migration guide (getLocoTypes, ImportLocoTypes, UpdateLocoTypes, RemoLoco and getAllTypesOfLoco)
  • Improved comments and the edit/delete comment options are available. The comment is a personal post and not related to the agency, so it is possible to edit/delete your comments. Once a comment is deleted by the creator PCS hides the already entered comment and text will be shown: ‘Deleted comment’.
  • Territory check-in Applicant path step of the wizard (FTE CR) Question marks indicate the mandatory fields. Like the departure time at origin.
  • Autosuggestion for free text IM parameters (FTE CR). Meaning the autosuggestion option is enabled only for the string type national IM parameters.
  • Define train weight/length as recommendation or restriction for the PaPs. If bigger than recommended, PCS highlights it with a yellow warning below
  • Rearrange all actions in the geography view. The territory or all sub-path related actions and Actions related to one sub-path
  • BigData integration is in progress and we were working on location mapping between PCS and CRD. The changes were deployed on production and test 3, but mapping was run only in Test3. Our goal is that PCS production is synchronizing with CRD and Test systems are synchronized with production.

The efforts to solve ECMT conflict detection issues are fixed. The entire detecting algorithm needed to be adjusted because the offset related objects were not being detected correctly. There were some bug fixing:

  • In the search when using dash (-) in the search field
  • Error message after cloning an object
  • Line criss-cross objects direction problem
  • Direction filter

To read more about what happened this month check out the sprint review in detail:

https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions/20201022-sprint-review

Or get an update on previous sprint reviews by visiting the following link: https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions.

PCS maintenance release notes include features and enhancements for each release, as well as bug fixes. To get an update and read more about PCS development steps and sprints, please click on this link.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 36 times in various issues in November, mainly with user management activities, carry-forward, Path Alteration/modification issues, loco type registration and PaP excels import sheet questions.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – OCTOBER 2020

Most dossiers are now in the Active Timetable phase. For the involved participants who accepted the final offer and set their lights to green in the system, PCS has been automatically promoting dossiers to the Active Timetable phase from August 25 and will continue until December 12, at 03:00 am.

If your dossier is still in the Final Offer phase, please do not forget to set your lights to green to make the automatic promotion work!

The PCS Team has been constantly updating the document library and extending it with detailed information and screenshots.

Several new PCS developments were tested:

  • Adjustment of the Activity type model
  • Fix for translated messages issue
  • Changed loco type structure to be inline with TAF/TSI
  • Bulk deletion of sub-paths with PaPs
  • Netcetera is continuing their work to develop and implement the FTE CR’s in phase II
  • BigData integration is in progress and we were working on location mapping between PCS and CRD

The efforts to solve the ECMT conflict detection issues are fixed. The entire detecting algorithm needed to be adjusted because the offset related objects were not being detected correctly.

To read more about what happened this month check out the sprint review in detail:

https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions/20201022-sprint-review

Or get an update on previous sprint reviews by visiting the following link: https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions.

The PCS Envelope Concept version was released nearly a year ago. Since then, a lot has changed in the structure and the user interface. We have sent out the PCS Survey to collect your thoughts. Thank you for sending your feedback to help us to improve our services!

PCS maintenance release notes include features and enhancements for each release, as well as bug fixes. To get an update and read more about PCS development steps and sprints, please click on this link.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 20 times in various issues in October, mainly with user management activities, PAMT report, and PaP excels import sheet questions.

PCS Offline 23.11.2020, 09:00 – 17:00

Dear PCS Users,

We would like to inform you that the migration to the new data center of RNE will take place next week 23.11.2020 Monday from 09:00 to 17:00. During this period, users will not be able to log into the system or will have difficulty working on the same. For this reason I ask you to accept our apology and try to avoid using this application on that day.

Thank you very much for your understanding!

RailNetEurope

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – SEPTEMBER 2020

September 2020 Recap

Mostly dossiers are already in Final Offer or Active Timetable phase.

If your dossier is still in Observation phase, please manually promote to Post-Processing phase for the automatic promotions to work! Do not forget to set your lights to green, otherwise automatic promotion will not work!

Final Offer

This automatic promotion between 8 August and 12 December checks acceptance indicators during the Post-Processing phase and automatically promotes green-light dossiers to the Final Offer phase.

Active Timetable

The Active Timetable phase has started already for involved participants who accepted the final offer and set their lights to green in the system. With this scheduled automatic promotion, the system promoted these dossiers to the Active Timetable phase from 25 August, and the automatic process will continue until 12 December, 03:00 am.

In the Active Timetable phase, the process allows Applicants to request changes to some elements along the agreed path by initiating a Path Modification process. For IMs, the process allows them to adapt the changes and fine-tune the originally agreed timetable by initiating a Path Alteration process.

The PCS Team updated the Path Modification and Path Alteration documentation and extended it with detailed step-by-step information with screenshots. For further details please click on the links.

The PCS team was also busy testing the new PCS developments:

  • Territory calendar (FTE CR ID 23): detects uncovered or missing running days by highlighting with border frame in the Harmonisation phase on a selected territory, which so far has not been available. In addition, it should be possible to view the calendar (with colours and frames) for any selected location in the territory. PCS also highlights days that are not covered in the previous territory.
  • Adjust the subject of all dossier-related e-mails (FTE CR ID 22): All notifications will be checked and aligned with the requirement to have the international train number and dossier name in the subject of the e-mail
  • Permanent options during editing (FTE CR ID 01): ‘Cancel’, ‘Save’, ‘Continue’, ‘Calendar’ buttons fixed as a footer at the bottom of the screen.
  • Add PaPs from several PaP IDs to a dossier at the same time (FTE CR ID 39): Added an extra multiple selection filter in the PaP ID column in the PaP search result grid after selecting the required RFC and directions to tighten the results.
  • Adjust the naming of the exported PDF file (FTE CR ID 19): PDF export name extended with Train_number_Dossier name_Dossier version number information.
  • Size of timetable fields (FTE CR 50): in Edge browser the arrival and departure time will be wider and better visible.
  • Adjust the Last Change Date grid column to include the time (FTE CR 04): the last change date column date format changed to date & time format on the GUI.
  • Agency data view
  • Big Data integration is in progress and we were working on location mapping between PCS and CRD

The efforts to solve ECMT conflict detection issues continued. The entire algorithm needed to be adjusted because the offset related objects were not being detected correctly.

To read more what happened in September, check out the sprint review in detail:

https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions/20200911-sprint-review

https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions/20200925-sprint-review

Or get an update on previous sprint reviews by visiting the following link: https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions.

PCS maintenance release notes include features and enhancements for each release, as well as bug fixes. To get an update and read more about PCS development steps and sprints, please click on this link.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 67 times in various issues in September, mainly with user management activities, TSi variant ID issue and process questions.