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.