AREMA will be holding the 2013 Annual Conference in conjunction with Railway Interchange 2013 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN!
AREMA will not be operating its Exposition in 2013. Interested companies should contact one of the three participating trade associations for information on exhibit booth space:
On behalf of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), I welcome you to the AREMA 2013 Annual Conference being held as part of the major North American railway industry event, Railway Interchange 2013.
This year’s program will again provide an excellent opportunity for members of the railway industry to increase their railway knowledge and experience. I want to extend a special welcome to the first time attendees, who in many cases represent the new generation of leaders in the railroad industry.
The Program Committee has assembled a great slate of 68 technical presentations that I’m sure you will find informative and valuable to your jobs in the industry. Because of the large number of abstracts submitted, we have expanded some of the Tuesday Technical Sessions to include more presentations. Please note that Professional Development Hours are earned for participating in the Conference, subject to the individual state board’s final authority.
In addition to the technical presentations there are also a number of seminars and technical committee meetings either in advance of or following the Conference. We also offer an enjoyable Spouse Program for all AREMA registered spouses. AREMA and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) will join together and offer a combined Opening General Session on Monday, September 30, 2013. Mr. Anthony B. Hatch, noted financial analyst, will also be speaking and presenting an “Industry Update.”
The Exhibition, conducted by RSI, REMSA and RSSI will officially begin on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The Exhibition will be at the Indiana Convention Center and will be open from Noon – 5:00 pm and will continue through Tuesday. More than 340,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring exhibits from various contractors, suppliers and consulting firms will provide you with the opportunity to see first-hand some of their products and services and to learn how they can benefit you and your company. AREMA Conference registrants have full access to the Exhibition.
Again, welcome to the AREMA 2013 Annual Conference. Please take advantage of this excellent opportunity to converse with your fellow railroaders, exchange ideas and learn more about the industry. Feel free to contact me or any of the AREMA staff with questions or with any suggestions you may have to make the Conference a more rewarding experience. We look forward to you joining us this year.
Joseph A. Smak
Director – Track Standards and Specifications, Amtrak
AREMA Senior Vice President and Program Committee Chair