Road-Scanner and Rail-SIT for the Emilia Romagna Railways Inspection

Coppia 2000pxl16 May, 2019, Bologna Italy – On behalf of the Emilia Romagna Railways (Ferrovie Emilia Romagna), Siteco started a verification project of the clearance outlines of the regional railways, in compliance  with  the European Standards, EN 15273-3: 2013.

For the railway inspection Siteco used the Road-Scanner4 Mobile Mapping system associated with the Rail-SIT software application, expressly developed to optimize the analysis and inspection activities typical of this sector. The combination of hardware and software allowed Siteco to provide the Regional Body with a complete solution.

Rail SIT 2 2000The Mobile Mapping System, more and more successfully implemented and exploited in the railway sector, allowed the track detection in a short time, with minimum effort and an unthinkable efficiency compared with the use of traditional tools.

Starting from the point clouds and the trajectories produced by the MMS, with Rail-SIT it was possible to automatically process the collected data and extract the geometry of tracks and catenaries, dynamically generate the clearance outlines, and calculate the interference.

The first phase of the F.E.R. project included three railroad lines: Bologna-Portomaggiore, Parma-Suzzara, Bologna-Vignola.

Rail SIT 1 2000pxlFrom the Mobile Mapping survey, the main geometric measurements of the lines were obtained automatically (3D-axis trajectories) and the key parameters (plane and altitude curvature radius, gauge and superelevation) easily identified.

Rail-SIT then made it possible to automatically produce sections with the relating dimensions, cylindrical views, track plans, with the indication of the generated sections and curvature radius, besides reports of the interference analysis and the track geometry.

Lastly a library of all the parametric clearances was developed according to the European Standards. The library consists of an Excel file in which the clearance dimensions are calculated as a function of speed, superelevation and radius of curvature.

All the documents necessary to define the state of the infrastructure were produced according to the standards in force. The survey data obtained were also used for planning some restoration interventions and railways adaptations.

At the end of this first phase, the Technical Director of F.E.R., Ing. Fabrizio Maccari, showed his satisfaction with the work done, stating that “The new implemented technology will make it cheaper and easier to guarantee the safety of the railway lines and their compliance with the  European regulations ”.

The Technical & Sales Director of Siteco, Ing. Augusto Burchi, confirmed the growing interest for Siteco‘s technology of automatic analysis and inspection in the railways sector both in Italy and abroad, and underlined the flexibility of Siteco’s solution capable of complying with any regulation.

The application was in fact already adopted also by the Japanese company NIPPON INSIEK Co.,LTD. (former ASCO-DAITO) to provide services to the Japan Railways, similar to those supplied by Siteco to FER.

About Siteco Informatica sr l
A unit of the Gavio Group, one of Italy’s top industrial groups, Siteco was established in 1995 as a civil engineering infrastructure, software and technical consulting firm. In 2005 they developed the first scalable, high performance fully integrated mobile mapping system and have since then been delivering the most flexible roadway management mobile mappers in terms of price, performance and software usability. Siteco’s Road-Scanner hardware and software products are fully compatible with Faro, Z+F, Leica, Riegl, Teledyne Optech, Topcon, Teledyne and other mobile mapping systems and sensors.

About Ferrovie Emilia Romagna s.r.l.
The sole managing body of the rail network of the Emilia Romagna Region, the second in Italy for network extension, with 364 km, for the transport of passengers and goods with 52 stations, 68 passenger stops, and 8 points for loading and unloading goods (terminals and connections included). F.E.R. ensure access to the railway network, safe movement on the entire regional infrastructure, make investments for the upgrading and technological modernization of railway lines and infrastuctures, and ensure the railway network efficiency.

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