Companies, particularly those in the Australian resources sector, globally rely on efficient rail infrastructure to support operations. Reliable rail networks allow for product to be smoothly shipped from one site to another.

As a result, defects can be costly, have an effect on business, and, in more extreme circumstances, be disastrous. Comprehensive surveys help reduce the risk of defects occurring.

The importance of rail

Many companies, especially in mining, depend on rail to keep their operations functional. Major defects or failures can cost a company millions of dollars. Most of these failures are caused either by human error or poor monitoring.

Companies such as Rio Tinto use major rail infrastructure and deploy systems that use a myriad of technologies, including automation for maximum efficiency. Because of this, close monitoring is crucial in helping to optimise safety, reliability and to reduce operational risk.

McDonald Surveys have been working successfully with Rio Tinto to support construction works in the Pilbara.

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During the Rio Tinto Rail Shutdown

We use the Trimble Dual Trolley Gedo Vorsys System to accurately measure rail assets with speed and comprehensive. We also support Rio Tinto in their rail works through the use of our Trimble Gedo System, employed alongside our highly skilled teams.

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Using the Trimble Gedo Scan System on the recent Rio Tinto Rail Shutdown

We have also undertaken major rail surveying projects for companies such as John Holland and Arc Infrastructure. These project include re-sleepering and train platform extensions.

A simple solution for rail

Technology and experience can significantly ease the burden of regular rail surveying in companies. At McDonald Surveys, we use a variety of technology to ensure that your company’s rail systems operate as smoothly and reliably as possible.

Our services include innovative technologies such as 3D modelling. The Trimble Gedo Scan System produces 3D point clouds with defined coordinate information. These Point Cloud scanning capabilities deliver surface area, dimensional visuals and data, to better inform scope of works necessary for safety and operational purposes. This allows for effective design and construction.

We integrate data on items of rail infrastructure or rail assets into a world of digital imagery. We can use this data to create 3D visuals/models, along with associated documentation. This is widely known as BiM, or Buildering Information Modelling. Throughout projects, we ensure that all data is compliant and adheres to industry standards.

Quality surveying is central to the future of rail, and technology and innovation inherently support this. They allow us to provide the best possible results for our clients. To find out more, click here, or you can contact us with any questions here.



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