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Upcoming events

    • 05 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sheraton O'Hare 6501 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
    • 96

    This 2-day seminar will provide education regarding human factor issues related to accident causation. 

    The first day is presented by Gary Wolf, President, Wolf Railway Consulting, the rail industry's preeminent expert on railroad accident investigation and causation. The second day is presented by Randy Jamieson, President of Atticus Consulting, a leading researcher of attention related human factors in accidents and includes the CAPTÔ program described below.

    NOTE:  Registration is limited!  Register early to secure your spot.

    AARS and IAROO retain the right to deny registration to attendees who are not members of either organization and/or are not directly responsible for operations functions within the rail industry.  

    Registration Fee:  $749 for AARS and IAROO members, $849 for non members and includes the two-day seminar with lunch each day.  (AARS annual membership is $75.)

    AARS members register by logging in via this site.  IAROO members should select the IAROO member option after they obtain a special code for registration from IAROO.  

    Quantity Discount:  For every 5 registrants, get one registration free.  

    Questions:  Call Carrie Foor, AARS Executive Director, 331-643-3369

    Hotel:  The seminar will be held at the Sheraton Suites Chicago O'Hare, 6501 Mannheim, Rosemont, IL


    After March 26 you may call the hotel directly to make your reservation.  Mention AARS to get the special AARS/IAROO rate of $169/night.  Make sure to book your room by May 17 to get this rate.

    Seminar Topics:

    Day 1. Agenda – Presented by Gary Wolf

          The nature of human failure
          Overview of top human factor causes
          Statistical review of where we are in the rail industry with human failure
          The old way vs. new way of dealing with human failure
          The role of discipline in human failure accidents
          Failures of typical investigative techniques
          Looking at the organization as a source of human failure
          What is a safety culture
          Safety leadership What are the tenets of good safety leadership
          Safety Management Systems (SMS)
          Behavior Based Safety (BBS)
          Root Cause Analysis of Human Factor Accidents
          Detailed walk through for conducting investigation of human failure incidents
          The importance of rules testing and how to make good rule tests
          Tips for prevention of typical human failure derailments/incidents
          Case study Class tabletop simulation of a human factor accident investigation

    Day 2. Agenda - Presented by Randy Jamieson

    The CAPTÔ Training Program consists of 11 eleven (11) interrelated modules that build on one another to introduce and explain key aspects of the science of human attention.  These modules are as follows:   

     1.       Introduction to Human Attention-related Railroad Accidents

    2.       Limits of Visual Perception

    3.       Limits of Human Spatial Attention

    4.       Dangers of Operation Overload and Multitasking

    5.       Dangers of Operational Underload and Mind Wandering

    6.       The Link Between Stress and Human Attention

    7.       Worry, Rumination and Unfinished Tasks and How They Affect Attention Performance

    8.       How Habits Can be Exploited by Unusual Situations to Create Attention-related Errors

    9.       Fatigue, Nutrition, Exercise and Their Role in Attention Performance

    10.    Training Attention Control

    11.    Deliberate Practice and the Power of Intrinsic Motivation

    Feedback from Participants the CAPTÔ Program:

    “I’ve attended a lot of training programs over the years, really a lot, and this is the best training I have ever had!”

    …. Railroad Manager

    “This is not just a tool.  This is integral to better living!”

     …. Locomotive Engineer

    “Management really needs to understand the importance of this work.  There is a need to provide this education to managers so that they know how attention works”.  “

    …. Railroad Manager

    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Norfolk, VA

    Save the date for the AARS 123rd Annual Meeting, July 22-24, 2019 at the Hilton in Norfolk, VA.

    The meeting will open with a reception on Monday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m.

    AARS will host the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner as part of the AARS Annual Meeting on Monday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

    Registration to the AARS Annual Meeting includes a ticket to the Rising Stars dinner.  For more information about the Rising Stars dinner, visit http://www.progressiverailroading.com/risingstars/about.asp

    The meeting program will continue Tueday, July 23 at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude on Wednesday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m. 

    Register Now!

    Golf Outing:  On Wednesday, July 24, the AARS will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the AARS Scholarship Fund.  More details to come.

    Hotel Information

    The meeting will be held in downtown Norfolk at the Hilton on the Main, 100 East Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia, 23510, USA+1-757-763-6200.

    Room Rate:  $179/night   Make your reservation by July 1, 2019 to get this special rate!

    Make your reservation here:

    Book Your Room

    Monday, July 22

    Industry Tour of Norfolk Harbor!

    5:00 pm Opening Reception and Technical Showcase

    6:30 pm Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards and Dinner

    Tuesday, July 23

    7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase

    8:00 am Charge to Superintendents

    Senior Leadership, Norfolk Southern

    9:00 am Break in Technical Showcase

    9:30 am Regional Perspective

    Norfolk Southern

    10:30 am

    Day to Day Management:

    • -          Training new hires
    • -          Dealing with difficult managers/employees
    11:45 am Break in Technical Showcase

    12:00 Annual Industry Luncheon

    Lantern Awards

    1:15 Challenges Facing New Managers


    2:45 p.m. Break in Technical Showcase

    3:15 pm Instilling the Railroad Culture in New Employees

    5:00 pm Adjourn 

    Wednesday, July 24

    7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase

    7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical


    8:00 am Developing a Safety Culture

    9:15 am Break in Technical Showcase

    9:45 am Market Outlook

    10:30 am Business Session

    11:00 am Adjourn

    Bus departs  for the AARS Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship

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