The ARDA Newsletter      December 2023 
Digital Twin In The Railroad Industry
Technology Committee Feature
By Wes Kaisershot, PE 
VP, Engineering
SurvWest, LLC                                                                                    
Current ARDA Technology Committee Co-Chair
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April 13, 1970: NASA astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise were in trouble as the term “Houston, we’ve had a problem…” was famously coined. The proposed Apollo 13 lunar landing mission was aborted early when an oxygen tank failed two days into the mission. The three astronauts were left in peril some 210,000 miles from earth, unable to see the damage to their spacecraft. Houston Mission Control experts used spacecraft simulators, computer programs, real-time data, and astronaut reported information to produce what was, in essence, a “replica (twin)” of the real NASA spacecraft. This was the first occurrence of a digital “twin” analysis being used to correct the forces of a damaged spacecraft. In this case, it involved, and ultimately succeeded in, the safe return to earth for our three astronauts.
The railroad industry is no stranger to the technological revolution. In any industry, an organization's success can be determined by its willingness to embrace technological change and updated efficiencies. Without technological adoption, a company or industry will be left behind by those that embrace the change and modern efficiencies of the industry. “digital twin” is more than a buzzword in technology circles as many are wondering just what a digital twin is.
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The 2024 ARDA Executive Forum registration is now open! The Executive Forum themed 'Growth' will kick off on January 29th and end on January 31st at the Hilton Ft. Worth Hotel in Ft. Worth, TX.
Early Bird Pricing is $345 for members and $395 for non-members. After January 1st, the price increases to $395 for members and $445 for non-members. Click the link below to register for the event before early bird pricing ends! 
Additional details about the event can be found on our website at!
To receive the member rate, please make sure you have renewed your membership and are logged in to your ARDA account!

Hilton Ft. Worth
815 Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 870-2100
A historic stay in downtown Fort Worth
Our hotel is noted by the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as the site of JFK’s last presidential address. We’re in downtown Fort Worth, two blocks from Fort Worth Convention Center. Sundance Square is a five-minute walk, home to theatres, restaurants, and shops. Enjoy all-day dining onsite and local tips from our concierge.
Please reserve your room for the event via the link below. The room reservation link expires on January 8th.

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We are excited to announce our upcoming golf event at the Executive Forum in Fort Worth, TX! We invite you to join us for what promises to be an exciting morning of golf, camaraderie, and fun! This will be an excellent opportunity to network on the course after the Executive Forum ends.    
Registration is now open, and we encourage you to secure your spot early, as spaces are limited. To register, visit the link below and complete the online registration form by December 13th. Additional information including golf course details, times, and cost can also be found on our website.
We can't wait to tee off with you at this year's golf outing!   
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We are so grateful to all our sponsor companies, whose generous support is the cornerstone of the quality and strength of our events and programming. Your contributions play a vital role in our success. For organizations looking to join as annual sponsors for the 2023-2024 year, please submit your sponsorship pledge form by December 15, 2023.  Your involvement is not just a sponsorship; it's a partnership to create an impactful organization.
We offer annual sponsorships, providing year-long visibility and engagement, and specific event sponsorships, perfect for those seeking additional exposure at our events.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to collaborate and make an impact together.
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