About Navis Rail
In March 2020, Biarri Rail became a part of Navis, a provider of operational technologies and services to the world’s leading organizations across the cargo supply chain. A division of Cargotec, Navis builds the N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) for intermodal operations, which is the most widely used container terminal planning and operating system in the world.
The addition of Biarri Rail to the Navis organization will support the company’s expansion into inland solutions, providing freight operators around the world with planning software designed to improve the quality and efficiency of rail operations, including train services, locomotives, yards, railcars, crews and train paths.
Established in 2007 in Melbourne Australia, Biarri Rail was founded as an organization that could deliver accessible mathematics, superior design, and a word-class user experience (UX). To accomplish this, Biarri built a team of mathematicians and developers who love great design and could deliver systems that meshed excellent UX with state-of-the-art decision support.
To ensure ease of access and to provide the most modern tools, Navis Rail and Biarri Rail have always delivered their solutions as software-as-a-service (SaaS). The company’s leadership believes that adding new assets and additional infrastructure capacity via expensive capital investment is not always possible for railroads. They propose that software systems for superior asset management and planning could provide more asset efficiency, without the huge capital outlays.
Navis Rail, powered by Biarri Rail, has successfully delivered systems to most of the largest railroads and infrastructure providers in Australia, including Pacific National, Rio Tinto, Aurizon, TasRail, ARTC, and Sydney Trains. Navis Rail has completed projects for GE Transportation, Union Pacific, and SEPTA in North America and for Freightliner in the UK. Additionally, Kansas City Southern (KCS), licenses Navis Rail planning modules and a real-time interchange support system for border crossings. See our Customers section for a review of Case Studies using Navis Rail solutions.
Navis is headquartered in Oakland, CA, with offices on six continents. Navis Rail has offices in Melbourne, Australia and Chicago, IL.
Vice President, Rail
Tom Forbes, formerly the CEO of Biarri Rail and currently VP of Navis’s Rail Group, has worked with railways across Australia, Europe and North America delivering advanced planning, scheduling and optimization software solutions for the past two decades.
Tom has an extensive background in leading companies that deliver planning and operational software solutions leveraging mathematics to deliver efficiencies across transportation, aviation and rail. He has first-hand experience in delivering innovation into railways such as Kansas City Southern, SNCF, Aurizon and Pacific National and is passionate about the benefits that new technologies and approaches provide.
Before leading Biarri Rail and Navis Rail, Tom was the Managing Director of Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Australia and sat on the board of directors for Boeing Australia. He holds an MBA from Queensland University of Technology and lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
Director, Product Development
Rory Hart, the Director of Product Development for Navis Rail, has over 16 years’ experience delivering software and supporting infrastructure. He manages the Australian-based based Navis Rail Development Team, which has delivered a locomotive planning and optimization system for Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS). He was also the solution architect for a system to schedule and manage border crossings at the Laredo International Railway Bridge for KCS in 2016.
Rory was the solution architect for a highly audit-able web application which schedules and manages train movements for Pacific National’s operations in Port Kembla, which was nominated for the Australian Rail Industry Innovation award in 2015.
His other projects include the design and implementation of the Biarri Workbench system architecture and platform underpinning all Biarri systems (2013-2015) and led the technical delivery of the software-as-a-service “CLIVE” cargo commitment management and tracking system to DHL worldwide, integrating with DHL’s cargo inventory management systems (2014-15).
Director, Product and Operations
George Bradley is the Director of Product and Operations for Navis Rail and has 16 years of project leadership experience across optimization software, consulting and automation. George has led the design and delivery of a strategic railroad planning software system encompassing customer services, locomotives, railcars and crew in from 2017 through early 2020.
Additionally, he has led the implementation of a locomotive planning system in the US and an Intermodal crew rostering system to one of Australia’s largest railway organizations (2016-2018). Other projects have included managing the delivery of a live yard management system used by the Port Kembla steelworks 2015, which was nominated for the Australasian Rail Industry Innovation Award.
George holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and a Bachelor of Computer Science from The University of Melbourne, 2003.
Senior Manager, Field Operations
Matt Herbert is Navis Rail’s Chicago-based Senior Manager for Field Operations. He is business analyst and project manager with extensive Class 1 railroad experience.
Matt led the delivery of a system to manage detailed locomotive allocations and reduce locomotive fleet size for Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) in 2017-2018 and managed a blocking optimization project for KCS in 2019. He also led multiple analytics consulting projects to identify opportunities to reduce fuel usage, which have resulted in significant realized savings.
Other projects, which were led by Matt, include a predictive analytics project utilizing machine vision data and other data sources to identify root causes of asynchronous wheel wear in Aurizon’s coal network (2016) and the delivery of a system to schedule and manage border crossings at the Laredo International Railway Bridge for KCS (2015-2016)
Matt holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), First Class Honors, from The University of Queensland, 2012.
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