The objectives of the project are to replace traditional structure gauging processing with automated methods. These will:
- identify and label existing structures correctly by comparison with the current National Gauging Database
- identify changes to lines such as new structures or removed structures
- correctly categorise changes by structure type
This will reduce a major bottleneck in structure gauging processing, allowing the time between processing each run on a line to be reduced from years to months. This will support better understanding of the rate of movement of the track in relation to the structures over time. It will also enable more accurate prediction of the development of foul clearances, and therefore assist proactive planning of maintenance and renewals to mitigate gauging issues.
This should support more accurate understanding of the clearances between structure and track, giving greater confidence in the data, and facilitating the introduction of new rolling stock. It will also reduce time spent on track carrying out manual resurveying, with the associated reduction in risk to staff. This would represent a step change in processing efficiency by reducing time spent on staff training and retention to process structures, and an improvement in the consistency of processing.
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