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C. Tyler Dick

C. Tyler Dick

C. Tyler Dick

Principal Research Engineer and Lecturer
(217) 300-2166
1241 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

Graduate Advisor

  • Christopher P. L. Barkan (PHD)

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1999

Biography

C. Tyler Dick, Ph.D., P.E. is Lecturer and Principal Railway Research Engineer with the Railway Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to joining RailTEC in 2012, Dr. Dick spent 11 years as a railway design engineer with HDR Engineering where he attained the title of Professional Associate in recognition of his expertise in railway yard and terminal design. Dr. Dick holds a B.Sc. (1999) in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba and a M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2019) in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. At Illinois, Dr. Dick lectures on railway design and operations topics, and supervises a team of graduate students engaged in railway systems research. His current research is focused on railway mainline and yard capacity and design; railway network operations and performance; operations potential of advanced railway traffic control systems with virtual and moving blocks; railway energy efficiency; and predictive analytics for operations and maintenance planning. Dr. Dick is a licensed Professional Engineer and is actively involved in several TRB, ASCE and AREMA committees, and the INFORMS Railway Application Section. He is Chair of the TRB Joint Subcommittee on Railway Capacity and Performance, and is on the board of the International Association of Railway Operations Research.

Academic Positions

  • Lecturer and Principal Research Engineer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Railway Engineering, 2019-Present
  • Senior Research Engineer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Railway Engineering, 2012-2019

Other Professional Employment

  • Senior Rail Engineer, HDR Engineering, Fort Worth, Texas, 2001-2012

Professional Registrations

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) - Texas, 2004

Course Development

  • CEE 598 RTD Railway Terminal Design & Operations

Short Courses

  • RailTEC Railway Engineering Short Course, 2015-Present

Research Statement

Dr. Dick's research interests include energy efficiency of freight and passenger rail operations, and optimization of railway operations for service, energy efficiency and safety. His research makes extensive use of simulation to understand the connections between railway mainline and yard capacity and design, and its influence on railway network operations and performance. His research is also actively exploring the potential of advanced railway traffic control systems and technology-assisted train operations to facilitate new railway operating paradigms.

Research Interests

  • Railway line, terminal and network capacity, operations and performance
  • Advanced railway traffic control systems and operating regimes
  • Railway mainline and yard infrastructure layout and design
  • Railway simulation and optimization
  • Railway energy efficiency
  • Predictive analytics for railway operations and maintenance planning

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Dick, C.T., P. Lautala and B.W. Schlake. 2019. STEM K-12 outreach as the root of transportation education: experiences from the railway engineering field. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. (In Press).
  • Dick, C.T., D. Mussanov, L.E. Evans, G.S. Roscoe and T-Y Chang. 2019. Relative capacity and performance of fixed and moving block control systems on North American freight railway lines and shared passenger corridors. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2673(5): 250-261.
  • Liu, X. and C.T. Dick. 2019. Risk-based optimization of rail defect inspection frequency for petroleum crude oil transportation. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2672(1S): 27-35.
  • Dick, C.T., D. Mussanov and N. Nishio. 2019. Transitioning from flexible to structured heavy haul operations to expand the capacity of single-track shared corridors in North America. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 233(6): 629-639.
  • Dick, C.T., I. Atanassov, F.B. Kippen and D. Mussanov. 2019. Relative train length and the infrastructure required to mitigate delays from operating combinations of normal and over-length freight trains on single-track railway lines in North America. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 233(7): 731-742.
  • Lautala, P.T. and C.T. Dick. 2017. Railway Engineering Education Symposium: evolving to rebuild a growing rail academic community. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2608: 96-104.
  • Pengelly, S. and C.T. Dick. 2017. Economics and planning of short haul and short line railway intermodal rail service: lessons from past and current operations. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2608: 104-114.
  • Tang, H., C.T. Dick, B.M Caughron, X. Feng and C.P.L. Barkan. 2016. A model for optimal selection of projects to improve running time and operating cost efficiency on passenger rail corridors. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2456: 33-42.
  • Liu, X. and C.T. Dick. 2016. Risk-based optimization of rail defect inspection frequency for petroleum crude oil transportation. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2545: 27-35.
  • Dick, C.T. and D. Mussanov. 2016. Operational schedule flexibility and infrastructure investment: capacity trade-off on single-track railways. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2546: 1-8.
  • Sogin, S.L., Y-C Lai, C.T. Dick and C.P.L. Barkan. 2015. Analyzing the transition from single- to double-track railway lines with nonlinear regression analysis. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 230 (8): 1877-1889.
  • Tang, H., C.T. Dick and X. Feng. 2015. A coordinated train control algorithm to improve regenerative energy receptivity in metro transit systems. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2534: 48-56.
  • Shih, M.-C., C.T. Dick and C.P.L. Barkan. 2015. Capacity and level of service impact of passenger trains on shared rail corridors with multiple types of freight trains. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2475: 63-71.
  • Lovett, A.H., C.T. Dick, C.J. Ruppert, Jr. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2015. Cost and delay of railroad timber and concrete crosstie maintenance and replacement. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2476: 37-44.
  • Fullerton, G.A, G.C. DiDomenico and C.T. Dick. 2015. Sensitivity of freight and passenger rail fuel efficiency to infrastructure, equipment and operating factors. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2476: 59-66.
  • DiDomenico, G.C. and C.T. Dick. 2015. Methods of analyzing and comparing energy efficiency of passenger rail systems. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2475: 54-62.
  • Atanassov, I. and C.T. Dick. 2015. Capacity of single-track railway lines with short sidings to support operation of long freight trains. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2475: 95-101.
  • Shih, M.C., Y-C Lai, C.T. Dick and M-H Wu. 2014. Optimization of siding location for single-track lines. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2448: 71-79.
  • Shih, M-C., C.T. Dick, S.L. Sogin and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Comparison of capacity expansion strategies for single-track railway lines with sparse sidings. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2448: 53-61.
  • Liu, X., A. Lovett, C.T. Dick, M.R. Saat and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Optimization of rail defect inspection frequency for the improvement of railway transportation safety and efficiency. Journal of Transportation Engineering. 140 (10).
  • Sogin, S., Y-C. Lai, C.T. Dick and C.P.L. Barkan. 2013. Comparison of capacity of single- and double-track rail lines. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2374: 111-118.
  • Dick, C.T., C.P.L. Barkan, E. Chapman and M.P. Stehly. 2003. Multivariate statistical model for predicting occurrence and location of broken rails. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 1825: 48-55.
  • Barkan, C.P.L., C.T. Dick and R. Anderson. 2003. Railroad derailment factors affecting hazardous materials transportation risk. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 1825: 64-74.
  • Dick, C.T. and A.M. Clayton. 2001. Impact of new railway technology on grain transportation in western Canada. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 1742: 45-53.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Dick, C.T. and N. Nishio. 2019. Influence of traffic complexity on railway gravity hump classification yard capacity. In: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Railway Research, Tokyo, Japan, October 2019 (Accepted).
  • Chang, T-Y., D. Mussanov and C.T. Dick. 2019. Simulating railcar transit times under different carload freight railway operating strategies. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Norrkoping, Sweden, June 2019.
  • Chen, W.B., M.J. Pugh and C.T. Dick. 2019. Investigating highway-rail intermodal terminal capacity relationships via simulation. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Norrkoping, Sweden, June 2019.
  • Diaz de Rivera, A., C.T. Dick and L.E. Evans. 2019. Train flow shockwaves on freight railways operating under moving block control systems. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Norrkoping, Sweden, June 2019.
  • Dick, C.T. and N. Nishio. 2019. Influence of mainline schedule flexibility and volume variability on railway classification yard performance. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Norrkoping, Sweden, June 2019.
  • Wang, Z., D. Mussanov and C.T. Dick. 2019. Scheduling and routing roaming conductors to support single-person crew operations on North American freight railways. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Norrkoping, Sweden, June 2019.
  • Dick, C.T., P. Lautala and B.W. Schlake. 2018. STEM outreach to K-12 students: the root of railway engineering education. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 2018.
  • Sehitoglu, T., D. Mussanov and C.T. Dick. 2018. Operational schedule flexibility, train velocity and the performance reliability of single-track railways. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Conference, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Mussanov, D., N. Nishio and C.T. Dick. 2017. Building capacity through structured heavy haul operations on single-track shared corridors in North America. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2017.
  • Kippen, F.B., and C.T. Dick. 2017. Incremental capacity in transitioning from double to triple track on shared freight and commuter rail corridors in North America. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 7th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Lille, France, April 2017.
  • Lovett, A.H., C.T. Dick and C.P.L. Barkan. 2017. Predicting the cost and operational impacts of slow orders on rail lines in North America. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 7th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Lille, France, April 2017.
  • Shih, M.-C., C.T. Dick and C.P.L. Barkan. 2017. A decision support screening tool for infrastructure capacity planning on single-track lines. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 7th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Lille, France, April 2017.
  • Shih, M.-C., C.T. Dick, and C.P.L. Barkan. 2017. A parametric model of the train delay distribution based on traffic conflicts. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 7th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Lille, France, April 2017.
  • Dick, C.T., L. Sehgal, C.J. Ruppert Jr. and S. Gujaran. 2016. Superelevation optimization for mixed freight and higher-speed passenger trains. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, August 2016.
  • Lautala, P.T., C.T. Dick, D. Rizos and D.B. Clarke. 2015. Toward the next generation of railroad professionals - collaboration by NURail and rail industry. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of?ay Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2015.
  • Fullerton, G.A. and C.T. Dick. 2015. Operational considerations of transitioning to emerging ultra-low emission locomotive technologies for heavy?aul freight rail applications. In: Proceedings of the International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Perth, Australia, June 2015.
  • Atanassov, I. and C.T. Dick. 2015. Delay and required infrastructure investment to operate long freight trains on single-track railways with short sidings. In: Proceedings of the International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Perth, Australia, June 2015.
  • Lovett, A.H., C.T. Dick and C.P.L. Barkan. 2015. Determining freight train delay costs on railroad lines in North America. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 6th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Tokyo, Japan, March 2015.
  • Fullerton, G., C.T. Dick, T. Hwang and Y. Ouyang. 2015. Exchange point delay and mode shift associated with regional deployment of alternative locomotive technology on the North American line-haul freight network. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 6th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Tokyo, Japan, March 2015.
  • DiDomenico, G.C. and C.T. Dick. 2015. Influence of system characteristics and scheduling patterns on commuter rail energy efficiency. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 6th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Tokyo, Japan, March 2015.
  • Atanassov, I. and C.T. Dick. 2015. Incremental capacity in transitioning from double to triple track on shared rail corridors. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 6th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Tokyo, Japan, March 2015.
  • Atanassov, I. and C.T. Dick. 2015. Influence of siding connection length, position, and order on the incremental capacity of transitioning from single to double track. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Conference, Washington, DC, January 2015.
  • Dick, C.T. and L.E. Brown. 2014. Design of bulk railway terminals for the shale oil and gas industry. In: Proceedings of the 2014 ASCE Shale Energy Engineering Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2014.
  • Liu, X., C.T. Dick and M.R. Saat. 2014. Optimizing ultrasonic rail defect inspection to improve transportation safety and efficiency. In: Proceedings of the Second ASCE Transportation and Development Institute Congress, Orlando, FL, June 2014, pp. 765-774.
  • DiDomenico, G.C. and C.T. Dick. 2014. Analysis of trends in commuter rail energy efficiency. In: Proceedings of the 2014 Joint Rail Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, April 2014.
  • Dick, C.T. and J.R. Dirnberger. 2014. Advancing the science of yard design and operations with the CSX Hump Yard Simulation System. In: Proceedings of the 2014 Joint Rail Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, April 2014.
  • Atanassov, I., C.T. Dick and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Siding spacing and the incremental capacity of the transition from single to double track. In: Proceedings of the 2014 Joint Rail Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, April 2014.
  • Liu, X., C.T. Dick, M.R. Saat and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Optimization of rail defect inspection frequency to reduce railroad hazardous materials transportation risk. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Conference, Washington, DC, January 2014.
  • Chadwick, S.G., C.T. Dick, M.R. Saat and C.P.L. Barkan. 2013. Statistical modeling of freight train derailments at highway-rail level crossings. In: Proceedings of the 2013 World Congress on Railway Research, Sydney, Australia, November 2013.
  • Liu, X., C.T. Dick, A.H. Lovett, M.R. Saat and C.P.L. Barkan. 2013. Seasonal effect on the optimization of rail defect inspection frequency. In: Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Rail Transportation Division Fall Technical Conference, Altoona, PA, October 2013.
  • Chadwick, S.G., M.R. Saat, C.T. Dick and C.P.L. Barkan. 2013. Decreasing derailment occurrence and severity at highway-rail grade crossings. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 2013.
  • Sogin, S., C.T. Dick, Y-C. Lai and C.P.L. Barkan. 2013. Analyzing the incremental transition from single to double track railway lines. In: Proceedings of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) 5th International Seminar on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2013.
  • Lautala, P.T., C.T. Dick, J.L. McKinney and D.B. Clarke. 2013. Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) - Universities and industry collaborate to develop railway education. In: Proceedings of the Joint Rail Conference, Knoxville, TN, April 2013.
  • Dick, C.T. 2008. Alignment analysis and comparison techniques for small railroad projects in the 21st century. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 2008.
  • Dick, C.T., C.P.L. Barkan, E. Chapman and M.P. Stehly. 2002. Predicting the Occurrence of Broken Rails: A Quantitative Approach. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, September 2002.
  • Dick, C.T., C.P.L. Barkan, E. Chapman and M.P. Stehly. 2001. Analysis of factors affecting the location and frequency of broken rails. In: Proceedings of the World Congress on Railway Research, Cologne, Germany, 2001.
  • Dick, C.T. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2000. Railway digital base maps, location referencing systems and interoperability of Positive Train Control systems. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 79th Annual Conference, Washington, DC, January 2000.

Invited Lectures

  • Influence of Mainline Schedule Flexibility and Volume Variability on Railway Classification Yard Performance
  • Interaction Between Yard and Mainline Capacity in Railway Network Performance
  • Sustainable Yard Conversions Considering Operations and Engineering
  • Operational Considerations in Transitioning to Alternative and Emerging Locomotive Technologies for Line-Haul Freight Rail Applications
  • Leveraging Big Data for Maintenance-of-Way and Safety
  • Current State of Yard Engineering Design for the North American Railway Industry
  • Operational Schedule Flexibility and Infrastructure Investment: a Capacity Trade-off on Single Track Railways
  • Rail Transportation Engineering Big Data and Analytics at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
  • Methods of Analyzing and Comparing the Energy Efficiency of Passenger Rail Systems to Competing Modes
  • Cost of Railway Congestion
  • Current State of Yard Engineering Design for the North American Railroad Industry
  • The End of the Remarkable Railway Engineering Renaissance?
  • Railroad Engineering for Highway Engineers, Highway Engineering for Railroad Engineers: Cross- Training the Future Design Community
  • Route Selection and Design of a Coal Shuttle Railroad: Experiences of a Recent Railroad Engineering Graduate
  • Industrial Rail Clients: Not to be Overlooked

Reports

  • Dick, C.T., C.J. Ruppert Jr., L. Sehgal and S. Gujaran. 2017. Mixed Freight and Higher-Speed Passenger Trains: Guidance on Superelevation for Operators & Inspectors. US Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Final Report DOT/FRA/ORD-XX/XX. Washington, DC, USA. (In Press).
  • Dick, C.T., Y. Ouyang, and G. Fullerton. 2016. Transitioning to a Zero or Near-Zero Emission Line-Haul Freight Rail System in California: Operational and Economic Considerations. Final Report. State of California Air Resources Board. Sacramento, CA, USA.
  • English, G., C.T. Dick and J. Lawson. 2016. Comparison of Passenger Rail Energy Consumption with Competing Modes. National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP) Report #3. NCRRP Project No. 02-01. Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Washington, DC, USA.
  • Dick, C.T., M-C. Shih, Y. Ouyang, and K. Zaazaa. 2015. Survey of Railroad Capacity Modeling and Service Design Tools. US Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Final Report DOT/FRA/ORD-XX/XX. Washington, DC, USA. (In Press).

Professional Societies

  • International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR), Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, 7th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Lille, France, April 2017
  • International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR), Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Sweden, June 2019 (in planning)
  • International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR), Member, 2013-Present; Board Member, 2015-Present
  • INFORMS Railway Applications Section, Member, 2012-Present; Public Relations Officer, 2016
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB), Member, Committee AR040 Freight Rail Transportation, 2018-Present
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB), Chair, Rail Capacity and Performance Joint Subcommittee (of AR040, AR030, AP070, AT010, AR010), 2017-Present
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB), Member and Paper Review Coordinator, Committee AR030 Railroad Operating Technologies, 2015-Present
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), Member, Committee 24 - Education and Training, 2009-Present
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), Member, Committee 16 - Economics of Railway Engineering and Operations, 2008-Present
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), Member 2001-Present; University of Illinois Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, 2013-Present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member 2001-Present, T&DI Rail Committee, 2008-Present

Honors

  • Professional Associate (2009)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Postgraduate Scholarship (1999)
  • Lieutenant James Wallace Black Memorial Prize (1999)
  • Faculty of Engineering Medal in Civil Engineering (1999)
  • University Gold Medal (1999)

Teaching Honors

  • Outstanding (Top 10%) on "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students" (Spring 2019)
  • Outstanding (Top 10%) on "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students" (Spring 2018)
  • Outstanding (Top 10%) on "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students" (Fall 2017)
  • Outstanding (Top 10%) on "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students" (Fall 2014)

Courses Taught

  • CEE 411 - RR Project Design & Constr
  • CEE 498 - High Speed Rail Planning
  • CEE 498 - High-Speed Rail Planning
  • CEE 498 - Rail Vehicle Technology
  • CEE 597 - Independent Study
  • CEE 598 - Electric Traction
  • CEE 598 - Rail Vehicle Dynamics
  • CEE 598 - Railway Terminal Design & Oper