November 2021

Communication Based Train Control System

Status: Advanced online registration is now closed. Please email Rachel Osterman at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Monday, November 29, 2021
Time: Registration and Login: 11:45 AM–12:00 PM Pacific Time
Webinar: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Priya Dunna, P.Eng., MBA, PMP
Rail System Specialist, Transportation Systems, WSP Canada Inc.
Jennifer Grace, EIT
Designer, Rail Systems Engineering Team, WSP Canada Inc.
Credit: Eligible for 1.0 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Cost: Free
Contact: Rachel Osterman | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4897
Toll-Free 1.888.430.8035 ext. 4897
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Through this presentation, attendees will learn about new technology in automation and control trains in a simple language.

Seminar Description

This course offers basic understanding of Automatic Train Control System with the following objectives:

  • To get familiar with the Automatic Train Control System (ATCS) and its functional components;
  • To distinguish between ATCS and Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) systems;
  • To understand the configurations of the CBTC systems (Fixed Block Signalling and Moving Block Signalling); and
  • To learn the about the applications of the CBTC systems.


  • ATC Functional Components
  • CBTC Configurations
  • Conventional Signalling Vs CBTC System
  • CBTC Safe Braking Model
  • CBTC Architecture
  • CBTC Communication Types
  • CBTC Advantages
  • Grades of Automation
  • Core Vs Non-core Functionalities
  • Application of CBTC systems

Target Audience

Rail engineers, RAIL system engineers, system engineers, signalling engineers, students, transit operators, and professionals who are interested in learning how Vancouver Sky Train works.


Priya Dunna, P.Eng., MBA, PMP

Rail System Specialist, Transportation Systems, WSP Canada Inc.

Priya Dunna, P.Eng, MBA, PMP, has 14 years of international experience in systems and software engineering, and project management in rail and transit industry. She has significant technical expertise in Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) systems, Automatic Train Protection (ATP) systems, Automatic Train Control System (ATCS) systems, Positive Train Control (PTC) systems and conventional rail signalling systems. She worked on various railway projects such as Regional Express Rail for WSP, WPO San Francisco for Thales Canada, Baltimore LRT for Alstom, BHPIO for GE. She graduated in electronics and communication engineering in the year 2002. She received M.Sc. degree in software systems in 2005, and MBA degree in 2018.

Jennifer Grace, EIT

Designer, Rail Systems Engineering Team, WSP Canada Inc.

Jennifer Grace, EIT, is a Designer at WSP's Rail Systems Engineering team, who is passionate in creating intangible impacts to our communities. In 2019, she received her B.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia. After graduation, she joined WSP. Since then, she has gained significant technical expertise in signalling, rail operation modelling and simulation, and pedestrian modelling and simulation. She worked on various railway projects across Canada such as Regional Express Rail in Ontario, Capital Line South LRT Extension in Edmonton, and Metro Line NW Extension in Edmonton.

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