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Best Paper Award

Beginning with the 2003 STS Meetings in Dallas, Texas the IHHA Board of Directors adopted a “Best Paper” Award to recognize the outstanding presentations made during the conference.

The selection process for IHHA papers is, in itself, a critical procedure which results in very good state-of-the-art presentations that address problems associated with heavy haul issues. However, the board wishes to recognize those papers which are judged to be of the highest value and offer exceptional insight in the subject of the presentation.

The Best Paper Awards were divided into four categories based on the conference structure as follows:

  • Rolling Stock Technology
  • Vehicle/Track Interaction
  • Infrastructure Technology
  • Reliability and Network Efficiency


2011 Best Paper Award Calgary, Canada 

Mechanical Engineering
Use of Instrumented Wheelset  to Determine Best Bogie Configuration for Vale under 37.5 Tonne  Axle Loads
Greg Riggall, Stockholm, Sweden;  Guilherme Fabiano,  M. dos Santos, Vitoria, Brazil
Civil Engineering
Effect of Humidity, Temperature and Railhead Contamination on the Performance of Friction
Modifiers: Pin-On-Disk Study

S.R. Lewis, R. Lewis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
U. Olofsson, Department of Machine Design, Royal Institute of Technolgy, Stockholm, Sweden
D.T. Eadie3, J. Cotter3, X. Lu,  Kelsan Technologies Corp., Vancouver, Canada

Railway Operations

The Continued Evolution of Safer, More Productive and Less Destructive Trains on CPR
S. Bell,  M.Roney, Canadian Pacific, Calgary, Canada

Energy and Environment

Manage Avalanches Using Cost Benefit Risk Analysis
P-O Larsson-Kråik, Trafikverket  (Swedish Transport Administration), Luleå, Sweden

Best Poster

A.T. Nurmikolu;  Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland 


2009 IHHA Best Paper Award Shanghai, China Conference

At the 2009 Conference the Best Paper Awards were in 7 categories; Freight Car Performance, Freight Car Components, Track components, Train control and operational Safety, Motive Power & Traction Systems and Heavy Haul Capacity and Efficiency.

The papers were judged on written quality, presentation quality and overall quality of paper and presentation.

The winner in each category was presented a certificate that entitled the bearer to free conference registration for the IHHA 2011 Conference in Calgary, Canada.

2007 IHHA Best Paper Award STS, Kruna, Sweden

At 2007 STS in Kiruna, Best Paper Awards were made by Chairman Nordmark and Mr. FrohLing. Mr. P.S. Grebe recieved one of the Best Paper Awards and was presented with a certificate and complimentary registration to the next conference.

2005 IHHA Best Paper Award Rio, Brazil Conference

Best Environment Paper (presentation made by Director Brian Bock)

Best Safety Paper (presentation made by Director Sumant Chack)

Best Productivity Paper (presentation made by Director Angelo Silva) 

Best Student Paper (presentation by Mr. Cristiano Jorge) to Alexander Do Valle,

Student at Unicamp University; Paper --- Intelligent Optimization of Control of Traffic

2003 IHHA Best Paper Award Dallas, Texas STS Conference

Rolling Stock Technology -----“Integrated Wayside Systems to Improve Safety and Efficiency”

Authors ----- William G. Blevins, Canadian National Railway, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Richard Morgan and Chris Pinney, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, Colorado USA

Vehicle/Track Interaction ---- “Performance-based Track Geometry Assessment for Network Efficiency”

Authors ----- Dingqing Li, Thomas Guins and Semih Kalay of the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, Colorado USA

Infrastructure Technology ----- “Adapting Track Maintenance Practices for Heavy Haul on Norfolk Southern”

Authors ---- Randy L. Bowman, Robert W. Blank, and Timothy Drake, Norfolk Southern Railway Company, USA

Reliability and Network Efficiency ---- “A System for Long Haul Optimal Driver Advice”

Author ----- Dale Coleman, TMG Rail Technology PTY Limited, Australia

The authors of the “Best Papers” were recognized at the Closing Session and each principal author received an engraved pewter plate, a complimentary copy of the IHHA Best Practice manual, and free admission to the next IHHA Conference in Rio, Brazil in 2005.