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Operations Research at CSX
CSX Transportation
The largest railroad in
Eastern North America

   • Serves all major markets in the
     eastern United States, and more
     ports than any other railroad

   • Operates 144 terminals

   • Covers 22,000 route miles in 23
     states, the District of Columbia, and
     two Canadian Provinces

   • Operates a fleet of over 4,000
     locomotives and 100,000 freight cars

   • Employs 34,000 dedicated
     individuals
Our Vision




   To be the safest, most progressive North American
   railroad, relentless in the pursuit of customer and
   employee excellence.
Our Core Values


• It starts with the customer

• People make the difference

• Safety is a way of life

• Fact-based

• Right results, right way
Rail Renaissance

•Rising fuel costs
•High driver turnover
•Rising insurance costs
•Hours of Service changes
•Hazardous material certification
•Aging infrastructure



Rail is the solution…
What does Operations do?
                                          Customer
                                          Orders Car
             Car Unloaded and                                Empty Car
              Pulled Back to                                  Placed
                   CSX


Loaded Car                                                                    Customer
 Placed at                                                                    Loads Car
 Customer


       Car Arrives                                                      Loaded Car
           at                                                             Pulled
       Final Yard

                         Car Handled at                Car Placed on
                          Intermediate                 Outbound Train
                           Terminal(s)
Operations Organization Structure
                                 EVP &
                          Chief Operating Officer


         Engineering                                 Transportation



         Mechanical                                  Service Design



       Customer Service                             Process Excellence



            Safety
Service Design Organization Structure

                             Service Design



     Operations Research &
                                              Integrated Planning
            Planning



        Service Planning                       Car Management




      Advanced Engineering
Operations Research


• Leverage the state-of-the-art analytical and modeling
   techniques in transforming CSX Transportation to be
   the most efficient and safest North American railroad.
Operations Research


•   Departments we help
    • Locomotive Management

    • Crew Management

    • Service Planning

    • Car Management

    • Engineering

    • Customer Operations

    • Passenger Operations

    • And many others…
Railroad Problems

• Resource Planning and utilization
   • Locomotive
   • Crews
   • Cars
   • Track
• Train Scheduling
• Shipment Routing
Locomotives
  • How many locomotives are
  needed to run the trains?

  • When do we schedule
  locomotive maintenance?

  • Where to fuel locomotives?
Cars



       • How many railcars does CSX
       need?

       • What is the best way to route
       empty cars?
Trains



         • How many trains we need and their
         schedules?

         • What route should a train take?

         • What cars should go on which
         trains? (Blocking)

         • What locomotive should be
         assigned to the trains?
Crews



        • Covered in detail later
Track Maintenance



                    • What maintenance should be done
                    and their priorities?

                    • How many teams we need to
                    maintain those jobs?

                    • How do we maintain tracks so that
                    we minimize the train delays?
Operations Research

 How do we do it?

 …leveraging the state-of-the-art analytical and modeling
   techniques…

 • We build decision support tools.

 • We do OR Modeling (Optimization, Simulation, Statistical
   Analysis etc.).
Decision Support Systems



 •   Plan vs. Actual
 •   Train, Size, Length & Tonnage
 •   Terminal Clock
 •   Flow maps and Forecasting
 •   Crew Planning System
What is the train performance against the current plan?
Decision Support Systems



 •   Plan vs. Actual
 •   Train, Size, Length & Tonnage
 •   Terminal Clock
 •   Flow maps and Forecasting
 •   Crew Planning System
Crew Planning - Explained



              Home terminal               Away terminal
                  1

                              Train 1         2


                                                    Rest
                              Taxi
                   7

                                              3



                                Train 2
       Rest       4




                  5

                               Train 3        6

    Time
Crew Planning - Objectives


   Show crew information by geography/train/pool

      • Crew agreements, on duty rates

      • Train schedules


   To assist in crew planning

      • Minimum # crews required to support the train schedules

      • Impact of train add/remove and schedule changes

      • Costs associated with labor contracts

      • What-If analysis
Crew Planning – Solving Approach




    Raw Data                                                  Minimize
                                 Network
                                                              Subject to   cT x
    (Database,     Transform               Transform
                                                                           Ax  b
                                 design
    Spreadsheet,                                                           l  xu
    GUI)


   SQL Server           ASP .NET                                           (c,A,b,l,u)




                                 Network                           ILOG
    Raw Data         Transform                  Transform


    (Database,                   design                            CPLEX
                                                (x,    cTx)
    Spreadsheet,
    GUI)
Why CSX

•   Competitive salaries
•   Vast opportunity for future advancement
•   High attrition rate due to retirees
•   Fortune 500 company
•   Affinity Groups
•   Company stability
Internship/Co-op
Program


  Internship- A full-time student enrolled at a university (or
  community college) who wants the practical experience of working
  full time during the summer break from classes.




   Cooperative Education (co-op)- A student that is enrolled at
   a university and works alternate semesters at CSX to fulfill a
   graduation requirement and receives academic credit.
Benefits to Students


 • Relevant work experience
 • Potential full-time opportunity
 • Exposure to careers in the railroad industry
 • College credit towards graduation
 • Paid opportunity
    •$15 to $18 per hour (based on school classification)
What do we look for in potential candidates?


• Web development experience
    • VB.NET / ASP.NET

• Strong database skills
    • SQL Server 2000

• Eager to learn and willing work hard

• Two semester requirement
How to apply for the
Internship/Co-Op Program

      1. Applications and resumes accepted by e-mail
         Suneil_Kuthiala@csx.com
      2. Interviews will be conducted at CSX with Operations
         Research representatives
Questions

				
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