Luleå Railway Research Centre (JVTC) is a nonprofit research center within Luleå University of Technology (LTU) with focus on development of operation and maintenance within the railway sector. JVTC provides a platform for effective interdisciplinary collaborations between universities, companies and authorities. It is important to develop knowledge, methods and tools to be used in improved maintenance as a measure to create reliable transportation and more capacity for new and existing facilities, thereby creating more public benefits for made investments. This provides a national economical useful effect that can be quantified and compared with other measures to increase capacity such as new investments and designing out bottlenecks.
A long-term management of the transport system requires a maintenance system based on well thought and elaborate systems of rules, maintenance strategies, maintenance concepts and descriptions of how the selected measures and their costs can be linked to the effect achieved in the system’s capacity. Concepts such as reset capability, maintenance security and dependability are especially important when the facilities are utilized close to their maximum capacity. It is important to find new ways to design regulatory systems and maintenance strategies that allow innovation while maintaining risk and safety. The regulatory system should cater for at least maintaining security but also allow for innovation and dynamism.
Luleå University of Technology is one of the few institutions in the world that currently offers training and research in operation and maintenance technology. Luleå Railway Research Centre (JVTC) is a strategic center of excellence for the transport sector, which conducts research and development with focus on streamlining operations and maintenance of the entire railway system. JVTC has with its applied research delivered results that have already been implemented even before the research is finished, giving benefits to the industry and public sector. JVTC´s ability, research and knowledge has also been required internationally including from countrys like Finland, Norway, Iran, India, Britain, France, UIC and Australia.