Geomatic Technologies (GT) 2015 Trans-Australian Rail Track Centreline Mapping Project team has been recognised on a global stage for Technical Excellence at this year’s Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards Gala.

Held last week in Sydney, this is an exclusive award   that recognises achievements of both individuals and organisations engaged in the surveying and spatial information industry in the Asia pacific region.

GT Project Manager, Mark Wrighton, said the team is proud to receive such a prestigious award for its work regarding its partnership with GE.

“This is an exceptional honour for our team as it recognises our achievements in solving complex problems using innovative spatial technology. Our innovative spatial capabilities have always been regarded as world-class and we are pleased to receive the industry’s acknowledgement,” said Mark.

In April 2015, GT was selected by GE to undertake this large-scale survey, spanning 5,600km, of interstate railroad track in Australia that is used by a fleet of Aurizon locomotives. Concluding in March 2016, the project entailed a rigid acceptance process undertaken by GE at its Melbourne, Florida USA headquarters.

The GT team mobilised hy-rail and helicopter resources to record GPS, inertial data, LiDAR and 3D panoramic imagery. This involved extracting  the assets and tracking topology that is required  by GE’s fuel optimisation software.

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

GT used existing dual-frequency GPS base station data to process mobile GPS data and remote track sections, such as across the Nullarbor. The team also managed a subcontract to install temporary GPS base stations.

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

GE Transportation Project Manager, Rabi Ratnesar praised the project team: “GT has just completed a 4,000 mile track alignment survey on behalf of GE to deliver authoritative track centreline and gradient data to underpin our ‘next industrial era’ of intelligent locomotive.  The  data provided to our business was exceptional.”

This is the second consecutive year GT has been recognised by the industry for their exceptional project delivery.  In 2016 they were awarded the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence (APSEA) Award for Innovation and Commercialisation for their unique approach to the Bushfire Safety Clearance Program.