The ARINKA project group has been established with partners who have complementary knowledge within the most relevant railway technical disciplines. The project is led by Northern Research Institute Narvik (Norut Narvik) as lead partner.
- Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S. (NORUT Narvik)
- Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University (PGUPS)
- Lapland University of Applied Sciences (LUAS)
- Luleå University of Technology (LTU)
- Kola Science Center (KSC RAS)
- Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket)
- Bane NOR
- Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA – VÄYLÄ)
- October Railway
Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S. (NORUT Narvik) is a technological research institute, based in Narvik, Norway, and owned 33 % by UiT and 66 % by Forte Narvik. With 30 employees NORUT Narvik aims to explore new solutions from a multi-disciplinary approach to help businesses operate and grow sustainably in the north. The turnover in 2016 was 24 MNOK. The main research areas are Cold Climate Technology, Infrastructure and Materials and Process and Environmental Technology.
Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University (PGUPS) is the 1st transport engineering university of Russia. At present more than 16 000 students study at the University. There are 8 faculties, 48 departments, 3 branches (in the cities of VelikieLuki, Petrozavodsk and Murmansk) and secondary professional education institutions in VelikieLuki, Vologda, Petrozavodsk, St. Petersburg and Uhta. The teaching staff of the University is more than 1 000 persons, 700 of them have scientific degrees.
As regards the issues stipulated in KOLARCTIC II program, St. Petersburg State Transport University has a long-term and large experience, as in the view of history it is the specialized university of railway transport. St. Petersburg State Transport University is also the oldest technical higher educational establishment in Russia, which provides research and technical support of transport construction in the conditions of seasonally frozen and permafrost soils of the Russian Federation.
The Murmansk subsidiary of Emp. Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University, provides classes for 1-2 year correspondence students with their subsequent transfer to the main University. The Murmansk subsidiary teaches not only employees of JSC Russian Railways (RZD), but also representatives of the largest regional enterprises such as the Kola mine and metallurgy company, “Apatit”, PLC, the Murmansk sea trade port, “Kolenergo”, PLC, “Elektrotransport”. About 40% of the total number students are employees of the Murmansk region of the Oktyabrskaya railway. Murmansk branch of St. Petersburg State Transport University. The experts of this branch can conduct an analysis of financial and economic interaction of railways of neighboring countries and define development prospects of the region involved in KOLARCTIC II program. They will provide premises for organizing technical workshops during joint work on the project.
The University provides the training in the field of informational technologies, information security, communication, industrial and civil engineering, water supply and drainage, bridges and tunnels, rolling stock (locomotives, railways cars), power engineering, ecology, occupational safety, economics, transport operation, psychology. The obtained qualification allows the graduates to occupy the positions in state institutions and joint-stock companies. Among the graduates of the University — ministers of transport, vice-governors of St. Petersburg, heads of major enterprises and institutions e.g. JSC «Russian Railways», Petersburg Metro, «Lenmetrostroy» etc.
Nowadays PGUPS remains one of the main educational and scientific centers in the field of railway transport. Special technical regulations for the high-speed line Moscow – Kazan construction were developed by the university specialists.
Luleå University of Technology (LTU) is situated in the northern parts of Sweden in the Kolarctic region and is spread out on four different campus areas in Luleå, Kiruna, Piteå and Skellefteå. Luleå University of Technology is experiencing strong growth with world-leading competence in several areas of research. LTU’s research is conducted in close cooperation with companies such as Trafikverket, Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF and leading international universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.6 billion per year. LTU have currently 1,600 employees and 15,000 students. Operation Maintenance Engineering was established as a new academic and research subject in the year 2001. Since then, the division Operation and Maintenance has progressed continuously towards establish itself as a pioneer research group in the field of operation and maintenance engineering and is the largest R&D group in Europe when it comes to research scope and volume. It has also established one of the three large railway research centers JVTC in Sweden with a turnover of 40 milion per year.
Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Lapland UAS) is a higher education establishment which is a successor of two Universities of Applied Sciences: Kemi-Tornio UAS and Rovaniemi UAS. All activities of these two organisations were transferred to Lapland UAS from 1.1.2014. The turnover of Lapland UAS is about 43 million euros and the volume of research, development and innovation activities is about 10 million euros. The number of employees is app. 560 persons.The university is providing bachelor and master level degrees in four units. Numbers of students per field of expertise: Wellness services around 1900, Business and culture around 1300, Tourism services around 1 200, and Industry and natural resources around 2000 students. Lapland UAS has an important role as regional developer through education, research, development and innovation activities. The two predecessors of Lapland UAS have been audited and quality awarded by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC). At the beginning of the year 2014 Europe Business Assembly (EBA) has granted Best Regional Universities award for Lapland UAS.
Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov
is a brand new ambitious university of distinctiveness and innovations
designed to meet the needs of the Russian North and the Arctic.
Federal State Budget Organisation of Science. KSC RAS is the biggest research institution in the Russian part of Arctic. Main directions of scientific activities:
- research of properties and parameters of the Arctic natural systems, estimation of their place and roles in global geosphere processes; study of temporary and space variability of natural systems due to distinguish natural evolution trends and forecast expected change under technogenic effect;
- estimation and exploration of natural resources in the EuroArctic region, development of the scientific bases for a harmless natureusing, creation ecologicaly safe technologies for rational utilization of natural and technogenic raw material, for maintenance of an environment quality and life-support system in view of specific character of the North; development and perfection of monitoring systems and stabilization of balance between technosphere and environment;
- ways development of effective extension and functioning of energy systems in Arctic, including problems of energy security, energy conservation, rational development of natural energy resources;
- investigation of the physic-technical and environmental problems of power engineering in the North and electrophysical properties of materials, development of high-voltage technologies for the electrical prospecting, mineral raw materials extraction and processing;
- development of methods for increasing the reliability of energy and transport systems at natural and technogenic influences in the Arctic zone of Russia;
- theoretical and experimental studies of electromagnetic compatibility in conditions of low soil conductivity;
- theoretical and experimental studies of geomagnetic disturbances impact on the main equipment of electric power and transport facilities;
- development of information systems for the collection, storage, processing and publication of large volume of information from geographically distributed networks.
Trafikverket (The Swedish National Rail Administration – earlier Banverket) is a state-owned company responsible for the Swedish national road and railway infrastructure. Region North (Område nord), with main offices in Luleå, is responsible for the railway network in Northern Sweden. This network comprises of Malmbanan and Bothniabanan.
Trafikverket manage, operate and maintain the railway infrastructure at these Railways. The organization does also provide technical know-how, expertise, construction, engineering and management competence for executing major modification, re-wamp and extension projects in connection to their own railway infrastructure. Malmbanan is one of the few heavy haul railway facilities in Europa. The iron ore transportation (by LKAB Malmtrafik) uses train and iron ore cars with 30 t axle load capacity. Malmbanan represents a railway facility with extreme geographic topology with many sharp curvatures, large elevation differences and extreme challenging climate conditions (with arctic mountain, in-land and sea and fjord climate conditions). Experience gained and lessons learned in performing railway operations and facility upgrades will be shared within the ARINKA project.
Bane NOR (previously The Norwegian National Rail Administration – Jernbaneverket) is a state-owned company responsible for the Norwegian national railway infrastructure. Region North (Område nord), with main offices in Narvik, is responsible for the railway network in Northern Norway. This network comprises of Nordlandsbanen with the line from Steinkjer to Bodø and Ofotbanen with the line from Narvik to the Swedish border.
Bane Nor manage, operate and maintain the railway infrastructure at Ofotbanen and Nordlandsbanen. The organization does also provide technical know-how, expertize, construction, engineering and management competence for executing major modification, re-wamp and extension projects in connection to their own railway infrastructure.
Ofotbanen and Malmbanan (the Swedish part of the railway between Narvik & Luleå) is one of the few heavy haul railway facilities in Europa. The iron ore transportation (by LKAB Malmtrafikk) uses train and iron ore cars with 30 tonne axle load capacity. Ofotbanen represents a railway facility with extreme geographic topology with many sharp curvatures, large elevation differences and extreme challenging climate conditions (with arctic mountain, in-land and sea and fjord climate conditions). Experience gained, and lessons learned in performing railway operations and facility upgrades will be shared within the ARINKA project.
Finnish Transportation Infrastructure Agency (FTIA – VÄYLÄ) is responsible for the Finnish national transportation infrastructure including roadways, railways and waterways.
The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency is responsible for the management, development and maintenance of the Finnish rail network. The Agency’s activities are aimed at maintaining the operating condition of the rail network in order to ensure its safe and efficient use. They have multiple offices around Finland. The northern regional office is located in Oulu and they are responsible for the transportation networks in Northern Finland including railways.
October Railway is the oldest railway in Russia. Long experience gained from working in difficult climatic conditions can be useful to the ARINKA project.