Patents Assigned to Canadian National Railway Company
  • Patent number: 10943192
    Abstract: The invention provides a graphical user interface implemented on a computer including an information area for displaying to a user at the computer inspection status information in connection with one or more components of a linear asset infrastructure. The graphical user interface also includes a control component operable by the user at the computer to cause the graphical user interface to display additional information on the one or more components of the linear asset infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Dwight Tays, David Lilley, Brian Abbott
  • Patent number: 10866195
    Abstract: A wheel integrity monitoring system for monitoring the integrity of a railcar wheel in an automated manner while the railcar is in operation (i.e., traveling) and comprising a light source that projects light onto the wheel and a light detector that detects the light reflected by the wheel. The wheel integrity monitoring system is configured to analyze the reflected light to determine if the wheel is defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventor: Darrell Iler
  • Patent number: 10738245
    Abstract: A solid bitumen pellet, including a mixture of bitumen and an additive, where the additive operates to increase the viscosity of the mixture. Optionally, the pellet includes a protective shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: James Auld, John Bleile, Kasra Nikooyeh, Amanda Prefontaine, Derek Stanger, Jesse White
  • Patent number: 10521739
    Abstract: The invention provides a graphical user interface implemented on a computer including an information area for displaying to a user at the computer inspection status information in connection with one or more components of a linear asset infrastructure. The graphical user interface also includes a control component operable by the user at the computer to cause the graphical user interface to display additional information on the one or more components of the linear asset infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: Dwight Tays, David Lilley, Brian Abbott
  • Publication number: 20190171995
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an online transaction to fulfill a rail-shipment service inquiry or a rail-shipment service ordering is provided. A customer system is directed to implement a Graphical User Interface (GUI) providing an input object configured to accept a customer input identifying an origin and a destination for a shipment of goods. The GUI is configured for presenting a plurality of customer-selectable shipment options, the plurality of shipment options, including a first shipment option where the shipment uses a railcar owned by the customer and a second shipment option where the shipment uses a railcar owned by an entity other than the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John PODGURNY, Anita ERNESAKS
  • Patent number: 10268981
    Abstract: A method and system for computing the price for shipping goods. The method includes causing a computer to deliver first information to a user prompting the user to enter at the computer information about a rail transportation service for shipment of goods by one or more railcars. Information about a basic pool of railcars is received and filtered based on one or more filtering criteria to produce a filtered pool of railcars. The computer is then caused to deliver second information to the user prompting the user to select at the computer one or more railcars among the filtered pool of railcars for the shipment of goods. A price for the shipment of the goods is then computed at least in part on the basis of the rail transportation service and the one or more characteristics of the railcars in the filtered pool of railcars selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Anita Ernesaks
  • Patent number: 10086852
    Abstract: An end-of-car system for railcars is provided comprising an asymmetric draft gear mechanism offering shock absorption to a railcar when the latter is subjected to buff or draft forces. The end-of-car system may be retrofitted to railcars having a different type of shock absorption system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventor: Darrell Iler
  • Publication number: 20180260764
    Abstract: A method, as wells as an associated server arrangement and a computer, for conducting an online transaction to fulfill a rail-shipment service inquiry or a rail-shipment service ordering are described. A customer system is directed to implement a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to accept a customer identifier. In response to a specific customer identifier, the GUI displays an adapted set of individual commodities extracted from a customer profile. The GUI also presents customer-selectable shipment options configured to accept options conveying an identification of a specific commodity to be shipped from the adapted set of individual commodities and a quantity of the specific commodity to be shipped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Anita Ernesaks
  • Publication number: 20180260763
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an online transaction to fulfill a rail-shipment service inquiry or a rail-shipment service ordering. A Graphical User Interface (GUI) is configured by dynamically modifying an input object providing equipment options a user can select for a shipment of goods. Configuring the GUI comprises providing a hardware server arrangement including a machine readable storage encoded with software for implementing operations for configuring the GUI to alter selectable options on a GUI on a remote customer client system. Signals are sent to the remote customer client system to direct the GUI to implement a first input object configured to accept a user input identifying goods to be shipped. Signals are received from the remote customer client system conveying the user input identifying the goods to be shipped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Anita Ernesaks
  • Publication number: 20180260761
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an online transaction to fulfill a rail-shipment service inquiry or a rail-shipment service ordering is provided. A customer system is directed to implement a Graphical User Interface (GUI) providing an input object configured to accept a customer input identifying an origin and a destination for a shipment of goods. The GUI is configured for presenting a plurality of customer-selectable shipment options, the plurality of shipment options, including a first shipment option where the shipment uses a railcar owned by the customer and a second shipment option where the shipment uses a railcar owned by an entity other than the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Anita Ernesaks
  • Publication number: 20180260765
    Abstract: A method, as wells as an associated server arrangement and a computer, for conducting an online transaction to fulfill a rail-shipment service inquiry or a rail-shipment service ordering are described. A customer system is directed to implement a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to accept a customer identifier. In response to a specific customer identifier, the GUI displays a customer specific set of route parameters extracted from a customer profile. The GUI also presents customer-selectable shipment options configured to accept options conveying a first and a second geographic location chosen from the customer specific set of route parameters as an origin and a destination of a shipment. The GUI may also be configured to deliver additional information to the user of the GUI in response to specific customer-selected shipping options and/or to provide a control component configured for allowing a user to place an order to fulfill a shipment according to the specific customer-selected shipping options.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Anita Ernesaks
  • Publication number: 20180260766
    Abstract: A method, as wells as an associated server arrangement and a computer, for conducting an online transaction to fulfill a rail-shipment service inquiry or a rail-shipment service ordering are described. A customer system is directed to implement a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to accept a customer identifier. In response to a customer login which identifies a specific customer profile, the GUI displays customer-specific information including a customer-specific list of actual railcars that are associated with the specific customer profile, each railcar being of a particular railcar type, the customer-specific list including actual railcars that are owned by the customer associated with the specific customer profile. The GUI is configured to accept inputs conveying customer-selected shipping options, the customer-selected shipping options identifying one or more actual railcars from the customer-specific list to be used for a shipment of a commodity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Anita Ernesaks
  • Publication number: 20160217415
    Abstract: A method and system for computing the price for shipping goods. The method includes causing a computer to deliver first information to a user prompting the user to enter at the computer information about a rail transportation service for shipment of goods by one or more railcars. Information about a basic pool of railcars is received and filtered based on one or more filtering criteria to produce a filtered pool of railcars. The computer is then caused to deliver second information to the user prompting the user to select at the computer one or more railcars among the filtered pool of railcars for the shipment of goods. A price for the shipment of the goods is then computed at least in part on the basis of the rail transportation service and the one or more characteristics of the railcars in the filtered pool of railcars selected by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John PODGURNY, Anita ERNESZAKS
  • Patent number: 9336507
    Abstract: A method and system for computing the price for shipping goods. The method includes causing a computer to deliver first information to a user prompting the user to enter at the computer information about a rail transportation service for shipment of goods by one or more railcars. Information about a basic pool of railcars is received and filtered based on one or more filtering criteria to produce a filtered pool of railcars. The computer is then caused to deliver second information to the user prompting the user to select at the computer one or more railcars among the filtered pool of railcars for the shipment of goods. A price for the shipment of the goods is then computed at least in part on the basis of the rail transportation service and the one or more characteristics of the railcars in the filtered pool of railcars selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Anita Ernesaks
  • Publication number: 20150371186
    Abstract: A method and system for computing the price for shipping goods. The method includes causing a computer to deliver first information to a user prompting the user to enter at the computer information about a rail transportation service for shipment of goods by one or more railcars. Information about a basic pool of railcars is received and filtered based on one or more filtering criteria to produce a filtered pool of railcars. The computer is then caused to deliver second information to the user prompting the user to select at the computer one or more railcars among the filtered pool of railcars for the shipment of goods. A price for the shipment of the goods is then computed at least in part on the basis of the rail transportation service and the one or more characteristics of the railcars in the filtered pool of railcars selected by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John PODGURNY, Anita ERNESAKS
  • Patent number: 8788375
    Abstract: A method for pre-populating an end of shift submission by an employee of a transportation company. The method comprises executing software encoded on a machine readable storage medium by a CPU at a client associated with the employee to implement a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to supply particulars relating to a work shift for a member of a crew during a particular transportation trip. The GUI including a plurality of information capture fields for displaying particulars of the shift. The method comprises identifying among a plurality of data records, a data record associated with the particular trip, receiving data elements at the client derived from the record associated with the particular trip and pre-populating the information display fields with the respective data elements. Allowing the employee to edit one or more of the pre-populated information display fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Alan Bruce Randall, Matthew Oren Owens, Michael Anthony Moroz
  • Publication number: 20140180955
    Abstract: A method and system for computing the price for shipping goods. The method includes causing a computer to deliver first information to a user prompting the user to enter at the computer information about a rail transportation service for shipment of goods by one or more railcars. Information about a basic pool of railcars is received and filtered based on one or more filtering criteria to produce a filtered pool of railcars. The computer is then caused to deliver second information to the user prompting the user to select at the computer one or more railcars among the filtered pool of railcars for the shipment of goods. A price for the shipment of the goods is then computed at least in part on the basis of the rail transportation service and the one or more characteristics of the railcars in the filtered pool of railcars selected by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John PODGURNY, Anita ERNESAKS
  • Patent number: 8700500
    Abstract: A method and system for computing the price for shipping goods. The method includes causing a computer to deliver first information to a user prompting the user to enter at the computer information about a rail transportation service for shipment of goods by one or more railcars. Information about a basic pool of railcars is received and filtered based on one or more filtering criteria to produce a filtered pool of railcars. The computer is then caused to deliver second information to the user prompting the user to select at the computer one or more railcars among the filtered pool of railcars for the shipment of goods. A price for the shipment of the goods is then computed at least in part on the basis of the rail transportation service and the one or more characteristics of the railcars in the filtered pool of railcars selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Anita Ernesaks
  • Patent number: 8589256
    Abstract: The invention provides a graphical user interface implemented on a computer including an information area for displaying to a user at the computer inspection status information in connection with one or more components of a linear asset infrastructure. The graphical user interface also includes a control component operable by the user at the computer to cause the graphical user interface to display additional information on the one or more components of the linear asset infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: Dwight Tays, David Lilley, Brian Abbott
  • Patent number: 8583462
    Abstract: A method for managing the application of penalties to employees of a company. The method comprises executing software encoded on a machine readable storage medium by a CPU to implement a job assignment monitoring function, the job assignment monitoring function monitoring events occurring in the course of a job assignment procedure during which a server arrangement communicates with a remote client over a data network to present an employee at the remote client with a job proposal, detecting among the monitored events a penalty triggering event and in response to the detecting, determining a penalty to be applied to the employee on the basis of the penalty triggering event. The method further comprises recording in an employee record stored in a database, data derived from the determining to register the penalty applied to the employee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Alan Bruce Randall, Matthew Oren Owens, Michael Anthony Moroz