CCD talking at Rail Human Factors Conference

The CCD team are doing three presentations at the 5th International Rail Human Factors Conference in London this week.

Rail Human Factors

Our Managing Director, David Watts, is presenting the research we did for High Speed 2 predicting the impact of train steps and passenger mobility on dwell time.

Dan Simmons is talking about how virtual world simulation has been integrated into rail system design programmes as an effective way to ellicit key user information in representative environments to enhance the design process.

Finally, Ged Morrisroe is sharing his experience on ETCS projects in the UK and Denmark to ask whether ERTC implementation is changing the scope of work required from human factors teams.


The Fifth International Rail Human Factors Conference was held in London between 14 and 17 September 2015. The conference was the only event worldwide which focuses solely on Rail Human Factors.

The conference is the leading forum to bring together those in the industry who need to apply the expertise, methods, tools and knowledge of rail ergonomics/human factors. The aim of this conference was to provide an opportunity to bring together scientists, consultants, regulators, operators, infrastructure managers, manufacturers and suppliers to share Rail Human Factors knowledge. The conference focussed on:

  • The discussion of topical issues such as in-cab signalling
  • Traffic management
  • Non-technical skills
  • The platform-train interface and safety culture

The conference was jointly organised by RSSB, Network Rail and the University of Nottingham, and in association with the European Railway Agency (ERA), the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF).

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David is Managing Director at CCD.

David is our Managing Director with over 19 years practice as a Human Factors specialist in design projects. He has delivered projects across sectors including rail, oil & gas, airports, utilities and the emergency services. He has worked with clients such as Network Rail, Siemens, easyJet, WSP, Metropolitan Police, National Express, TfL and HS2.

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