Geomatic Technologies’ (GT) 2015 Trans-Australian Rail Track Centreline Mapping Project was recognised for Technical Excellence at the recent Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards held earlier this month at the Regent Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.

“GT is proud to be recognised by the industry for solving complex problems using innovative spatial technology,” said GT Project Manager, Mark Wrighton.

GT was chosen by General Electric (GE) to undertake a 5,600km sophisticated and large-scale survey of Australian interstate railroad track used by a fleet of Aurizon locomotives. GT mobilised hy-rail and helicopter resources to record GPS, inertial data, LiDAR and 3D panoramic imagery in order to then extract the assets (including kilometre posts, signals, speed boards and track switches) and track topology needed by the GE fuel optimisation software.  Commencing in April 2015 and concluding in March 2016, the project entailed a rigid acceptance process undertaken by GE at their Melbourne, Florida USA headquarters.

“Our data will underpin the latest fuel optimisation software that is being delivered to Aurizon as part of a GE locomotive contract,” said Mark.

“Our success and involvement in the spatial industry’s premier event demonstrates we are a leader in the sector, and validates our strong reputation in business innovation with our clients,” said GT General Manager, Andrew Margetts.

“GT delivered authoritative track centreline and gradient data to underpin our ‘next industrial era’ of intelligent locomotive.  GT’s project team and the data provided to us was exceptional,” said Project Manager for GE Transportation, Rabi Ratnesar.

Geomatic Technologies is a Select Solutions’ business specialising in solving complex location, mapping and mobility needs for the essential infrastructure sector.

Accepting the prestigious industry award was GT’s Marie Slako, Delivery Manager Data Services and Mark Wrighton, Project Manager (pictured middle).