Melbourne, Australia – July 29, 2019Biarri Rail and TasRail have jointly announced the completion of implementation of the Boss rail planning software system at TasRail’s headquarters in Tasmania, Australia. Boss is an algorithmic service planning system, using optimisation for service and train design, locomotive selection, rollingstock utilisation, crew scheduling and rostering, and train path planning.

Biarri Rail and Boss were selected by TasRail in a competitive bid in 2017. The two organizations have worked very closely over the past 18 months to extend Boss to fulfil TasRail’s master planning requirements. Boss includes a suite of optimisation algorithms that quickly generate feasible and efficient plans for all TasRail’s services.

George Bradley, COO for Biarri Rail, noted that in any freight railroad, master service design development is a complex task. “Service planning requires the planner to consider various resources moving through a network over time, which need to be considered holistically with an integrated solution. Boss accomplishes this by concurrently considering all demands, resources and physical network constraints,” Bradley said.

According to Matthew Patten, TasRail’s General Manager for Freight Services, “Boss enables more effective and efficient planning to meet our customers’ needs.” It dramatically reduces the time needed to produce a train plan. “It would previously take our staff several months to develop a complete master service design, which gave us no flexibility to test incremental changes such as new business or equipment. These new tools allow us to understand the economics and service impact of our decisions.”

Railroads have traditionally developed their master service designs using generic tools such as Microsoft Excel, pencil and paper, or basic drawing software, according to Tom Forbes, the CEO of Biarri Rail. Forbes stated, “Boss will quickly enable TasRail to better understand and improve planning the railway, increasing efficiency across locos, wagons, crew, and fuel, ultimately lowering its operating costs while improving customer service.”

Biarri Rail is a global leader in planning and scheduling software for freight Railroads. Through AI techniques, automation and optimisation technologies Biarri Rail works to improve service delivery and reduce costs through the smarter utilisation of critical resources. Biarri Rail is a part of the Biarri group of companies, who provide commercial mathematics for many industries, including manufacturing, transportation, fibre-optic cable network planning and airport staff rostering.

Tasmanian Railway Pty Limited (TasRail) is a State-owned Company established in December 2009 by an Act of Parliament. TasRail is Tasmania’s trusted provider of safe and dependable logistics solutions. Based in Tasmania, Australia, TasRail moves approximately 3.5 million tonnes of freight annually. TasRail conservatively estimates that the freight it transports by rail each year effectively removes the equivalent of more than 140,000 B-Double truck movements from the State’s road network.

For more information on Biarri Rail or Boss, contact George Bradley at or Tom Forbes at For more information on TasRail, contact Kirsten Woolley at