Network Rail has awarded Fugro a five year framework agreement to gather and analyse survey data for all high output track renewal sites across Britain.
Fugro will collect the data using its Rila system, a train mounted device which designed to deliver “highly accurate rail infrastructure information” relating to absolute track position, track geometry and the wider rail corridor. Additional survey services will be provided by UK-based Severn Partnership.
The technology was first introduced to Network Rail’s high output operation – the team responsible for renewing strategic sections of the network – in 2015.
The new framework contractor will gather route-wide data together with imagery and video as a desktop tool.
Fugro said Rila demonstrated “effective application of technical innovation”, and would help Network Rail to deliver significant health and safety benefits by supporting a reduction of the number of people working on railway track when carrying out site surveys.
The device will be deployed on a route-by-route basis, and it will also gather data on track sections between renewal sites for Network Rail to use for other route project requirements.
Fugro global director rail Jeroen Huiskamp said, “Rila is game-changer technology; its operational flexibility, improved safety levels, highly accurate data and very attractive cost level set it apart from traditional track survey methods.
“We look forward to Rila’s continued deployment on Britain’s railways.”
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