Winter is returning and the vegetation is dying away, which, for a community of hardy and dedicated geotechnical engineers, can only mean one thing. They are heading out to the extremities of Britain and its winter weather to help maintain the rail network with the 2019/20 cycle of earthwork asset examinations.
Hot on the heels of delivering a complete re-write of the front and back end Network Rail Earthwork Asset Management System website over the last 18 months, we are proud to say, this is the 18th year we have supported Network Rail, and their contractor Amey, in Earthworks data collection using our spatially aware site data collection software, GISmo running on the Windows Operating System. This season though, GISmapp joins the party with our iOS site data collection offering not only an alternative to undertaking the earthwork asset examinations, but also to record on site examination evaluations, reporting failure incidents and recording devegetation activities.
A committed team, successful delivery and a very happy client underpins the 18 years of service. Over 1 million geotechnical inspections have been carried out, covering over 20,000 miles of assets, comprising soil embankments, soil cuttings and rock slopes. 4 million photographs and sketches have been captured. On average, 50 examiners are required in a season, but up to 125 examiners have been known to be on site at the same time.
The project does not end as the season starts, we provide on call support to Network Rail and Amey as well as continuing to improve the asset data and add new functionality to the web front end. And that’s not all, providing the same service to Network Rail High Speed 1 and Northern Ireland Railways, we think Great Britain’s earthwork asset data is in safe hands.
For more information contact Derek Farrier on 01756 699500.