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Hervé Girard is Solution Director, in charge of Modernization and Obsolescence Management solutions with Alstom. After graduating in Engineering, he started his career with Alstom in 1989. After holding different in positions in products development for regional and high-speed trains in France, UK and Italy, he joined the Services activities of Alstom in 2007. He is in charge to define the Alstom offering for train modernization and has been contributing to the main modernization contracts carried out by Alstom in the last years. He is also in charge of the Obsolescence management processes for Alstom.


  • June 11: Keeping ageing railways fit for growing ridership and expectations

    Combining life extension and performances improvement in fleet modernisation in Mexico City

    Trains are typically designed for an operation life duration of around 30 years. During this period, the expectations form the train operator, and from the travelers will evolve. Growing population, or transport habits shifting toward rail, may also increase ridership. Modernization of an existing fleet can be a solution to cope with new expectations and increasing ridership. Scope definition is key when planning a modernization. Selective modernization approach will guarantee best value for money and controlled budget. Modernization project will also be the occasion to address the fleet reliability issues. Railway technologies have made considerable progress during the last decades. Modernization is a way to provide the benefit from these progress to existing fleets, boosting operational performances. This approach will be practically illustrated with the example of Mexico City metro.