SNCB Logistics Selects Quintiq and Ab Ovo for the Full Resource Planning Cycle

By Quintiq, PRNE
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Solution to be Deployed for Long Term Planning Down To Real-Time Execution Management

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands, May 12, 2011 - SNCB Logistics, an independent international logistics group, have chosen
Quintiq and Ab Ovo to deliver a planning solution that supports the full
resource planning cycle, from long term planning to real-time execution
management. The solution will integrate the planning and scheduling of SNCB's
line locomotives, shunting machines, drivers and ground operators. Rail IT
along with advanced planning and scheduling (APS) specialist Ab Ovo recently
started the implementation of the Quintiq software. Long term planning is
expected to be live late 2011, followed by real-time execution management in
the beginning of 2012.

"SNCB Logistics is going through a profound restructuring, aiming for a
significant improvement of quality and productivity. We have already achieved
important results in these fields, but to have more impact, we needed an
integrated IT-system that permits us to perfectly synchronize all our
processes and resource utilization. Moreover this system has to be integrated
and implemented in the short term," comments Geert Pauwels, CEO SNCB
Logistics, "After an intensive selection process we decided to choose Ab Ovo
and Quintiq. The proven state-of-the-art Quintiq software in combination with
Ab Ovo's specific rail and APS expertise perfectly matched our business

This tool will support the planners in making the best decisions for
scheduling and rescheduling resources. Additionally, the new system will
integrate current planning methods in combination with the intended processes
required for the operations of the new SNCB Logistics organization while
facilitating collaboration between the various planning departments.

The planning solution can be implemented in a relatively short timeframe
because it combines the benefits of already available rail specific
functionality with the possibility to quickly model customer specific wishes
ensuring a 100% fit. All constraints such as route knowledge and
certification of individual drivers, track access and locomotive
compatibility, labor regulations and driver shift preferences are taken into
account. The unique Quintiq architecture, with its fully configurable
company-specific layer, offers this flexibility. The solution from Quintiq
and Ab Ovo will also support many other important business functions by
interfacing with systems like the HR system of SNCB Logistics, the asset
management system, the order management system (Ab Ovo's Rail Cargo System),
and Infrabel's national railway management system.

Arjen Heeres, COO at Quintiq commented on behalf of Quintiq and Ab Ovo:
"I am excited that SNCB Logistics has decided to join other major railway
companies in using the Quintiq and Ab Ovo solutions to plan and schedule its
railway operations. Again we have been chosen because our solutions can best
meet the complex planning requirements of the railway industry."

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More Information: Quintiq, Robin Sands, Global Marketing Communications Manager, robin.sands at, +1-415-655-6612

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