Digital reality for rail

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Rail industry Insights

Author: Staff

With social, political and financial impacts, better transportation infrastructure improves quality of life. Population growth, an increasing number of travellers and commerce, demands the rail industry to keep looking for ways to digitalise. Professionals need to have the tools to plan, design, build, monitor and maintain these networks to keep our daily lives and economies on the move.

Hexagon’s rail solutions bring efficiency to:

  • Track survey
  • Asset management
  • Maintenance and planning
  • Monitoring and inspection, and
  • Safety management.

From automatically identifying assets for replacement to visualising potential hazards on the track, our rail technologies optimise networks for maximum customer experience.


Capturing reality in 3D with rail trolleys

Mobile mapping

 

Rail’s ability to compete with other modes of transport, in particular with road, is crucial for its competitiveness. Our reality capture sensors and processing software bring rail networks into a shareable digital reality to make operations smarter and faster. New technology, such as the Leica SiTrack:One, can offer much to help modernise railways and develop a smarter and safer rail system that will benefit travellers and commuters.

To ensure that a future airport is cohesively integrated in Mexico City, Consortium IUYET is building with global standards a high-speed passenger train, from Toluca to Mexico City to connect one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. The interurban train will provide significant transport and economic benefits for the whole Mexico City region and will be an important contributor to Mexico’s economy.


Mobile mapping solutions for rail

Capturing reality

In the rail industry, working with highly realistic models translates into safer design, faster production and reduced costs.

Facing a very short timeframe of only a few weeks, Grunder Ingenieure AG team knew it needed a fast and efficient method to safely and efficiently capture the entire infrastructure of the Gotthard Base Tunnel – one of the world’s longest tunnels.

With the combination of imaging and scanning data of mobile sensor platforms, all visual information is brought to reality. The Swiss engineering firm specialising in rail surveys choose the Leica Pegasus:Two for this historical project.

The vehicle-independent mobile mapping solution merges surveying technology, such as positioning systems, laser scanning and radar imagining, into one convenient and easy-to-use platform. A complete and fluid workflow follows reality capture to post-processing, feature extraction and GIS storage.


Laser scanning and survey tools for rail

Mobile mapping

Laser scanning allows to capture rail track environments. Paired with traditional survey tools, such as GIS asset collectors, total stations and antennas, engineers can work with the most accurate and current representations.

Brighton Mainline Upgrade Programme provides the ideal scenario to complete topographical surveys with faster and more efficient solutions for data capture. Atkins turned to Leica Geosystems’ solutions to avoid costly downtime during expensive and time restrictive track possession.

Combined with Leica Captivate solutions, the rail project deliverables allowed the design team and surveyors to proactively manage and transmit decisions based on immediate feedback. The open tracks were presented in 2D and 3D to provide the blueprint for a plan that will ultimately declutter historical track alignments, making the Brighton Mainline suitable for rail expansion into 2020 and beyond.


Improving the journey

Improving the journey

Sustainable transportation solutions require digital data that is actionable, and mirrors reality in real time. Mainlines, metros and city rails need to be built and managed with the highest standards to stay safe and connected.

Measurement information technology for the rail industry is crucial from the start to finish of a project. From planning to construction, design, operations and maintenance, our reality capture sensors, surveying tools and software solutions enable professionals to spend less time on site, reduce risks and modernise rail networks.

This is what drives us to develop rail solutions –delivering fast, and effective solutions to rail professionals to keep passengers safe and connected.

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Digitising the Rail Network

Billions of people use rail transportation while goods are shipped across countries. Geospatial solutions support rail professional in moving people and goods more safely and efficiently.

Billions of people use rail transportation while goods are shipped across countries. Geospatial solutions support rail professional in moving people and goods more safely and efficiently.

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