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StreetMapper Maps French Railways for Safer Tracks

August 19, 2014 - in Corporate, Modeling, Rail, Transportation

FIT ESIC is helping France’s national railway company SNCF improve safety and inform track upgrade works with a mobile laser scanning system from 3D Laser Mapping. Owned and operated by FIT ESIC, the rail mounted StreetMapper was used to survey several hundreds…

Railway Sensor System Monitors Wheels for Less Expensive Repairs and More Reliable Service

A new kind of human-machine communication is to make it possible to detect damage to rail vehicles before it's too late and service trains only when they…

Detroit M-1 Rail Streetcar Construction Begins Today

M-1 RAIL Streetcar will began work this Monday, July 28, 2014, with a full closure of Woodward Avenue from Adams Street to Campus Martius Park for approximately…

U.S. DOT Proposes New Rules for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials

July 24, 2014 - in Oil & Gas, Projects, Rail, Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail - particularly crude oil and ethanol - in the form of a Notice of…

Nottingham Tram Extension Relies on Leica Geosystems Precision Technology

July 15, 2014 - in Corporate, Rail, Sensors, Transportation

A pioneering, mechanised system for track construction, developed by Alstom Transport and Leica Geosystems, is driving the speedy, high accuracy delivery of two new tram lines for Nottingham Express Transit (NET). Construction work features Appitrack™ (Automatic…

Crossrail Tunneling Provides Opportunity for Underground Sensing Study

June 13, 2014 - in Projects, Rail, Sensors, Transportation

Twenty-five metres beneath central London is the world’s first ‘smart tunnel’, where ground-breaking new sensing technologies are providing massive amounts of information about the UK’s aging infrastructure, and how best to maintain and protect it…

Sweco’s ‘Live BIM’ Railway Project Improves Efficiency on Hallandsås Project

The construction of a railway tunnel through the Hallandsås ridge in southern Sweden has a long history, but the end is in sight with the start of traffic services scheduled for late 2015. To help meet the demanding project schedule and the challenges of…

Fugro Buys Specialist Rail Mapping Company

May 4, 2014 - in Corporate, Rail, Transportation

Fugro has reached an agreement to acquire RailData BV, which includes RailData International BV owned by the former, in the Netherlands.RailData specialises in the measurement of absolute and relative position of railway tracks and has developed a unique patent…

Major Investments Underway to Make North American Rail Networks Smart

April 28, 2014 - in Financial, Rail, Sensors, Transportation

Big data is coming to the railroads, unleashing a technology upgrade so enormous and costly that it will rival the buildout of the national rail system more than a century ago. The railroads are struggling to meet a December 2015 deadline set by federal regulators…

Siemens Automates High-speed Rail Route in Northern Spain

April 28, 2014 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Rail, Transportation

Working as part of a consortium with Thales, Siemens is to supply the signal and control technology for a 50-kilometer section of the high-speed rail route between León and Asturias, as ordered by the Spanish administrator company Administrador de Infraestructuras…