Mr Hoffmann has a Master degree in electro technical engineering from the Technical University in Dresden and holds a Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Applied Science in Osnabruck.
Mr Hoffmann is presently serving as a Director of international business development for metro signaling systems at the Siemens AG, Mobility Management Mass Transit in Braunschweig, Germany. Mr Hoffmann is an expert for CBTC systems and is responsible for the world wide business development and marketing.
Mr Hoffmann has been working in various areas of railway technologies for the past 15 years. This includes sales and Project execution for mainline, mass transit and freight business and the leading of related project and sales teams.
Presentation: Managing complex urban transport refurbishment projects successfully – Real-life experiences for the implementation of CBTC technology
CBTC is the technology of choice for new-build lines as well as for upgrading existing systems to boost capacity, increase safety and improve efficiency of the operation. In the last five years, more than 100 CBTC projects with 3,500 km of double track have been contracted worldwide of which 20% are brown field. Brown field projects are complex undertakings, which have to be implemented without or minimizing the impact on passenger operation.
The presentation introduces real-life examples: First, the large modernization project S-bane in Copenhagen in Denmark, which comprehends the roll out of a CBTC system for seven lines with a total track length of 170 km. Second, an overview of the modernization of the 47 km long East Rail in Hong Kong with a CBTC system for fully automated operation is provided.
Finally, worldwide refurbishment projects are being statistically evaluated and the factors for success and failure are analyzed. Suggestions are given for appropriate measures.