Leading Australian mobile and spatial technology solutions developer Geomatic Technologies (GT) has won a prestigious industry award for its critical role in the clearance assessment of new rolling stock as part of a major upgrade of Philadelphia’s commuter rail service.

The Australasian Rail Association awarded GT its Suppliers’ Export Achievement Award for its SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) Bi-Level Train Clearance Survey at its black-tie Awards function in Melbourne (Australia) on 7 July 2016.

SEPTA commissioned GT to deliver a sophisticated network-wide clearance analysis across the Philadelphia regional rail commuter network to assess whether a proposed new fleet of bi-level passenger trains could be introduced to supplement the current single-deck fleet operating across 280 miles of above and below ground track.

The proposed new trains are significantly taller than the existing commuter trains and locomotives. The service provided by GT allowed SEPTA to quickly, accurately and comprehensively assess the clearance viability of a new bi-level passenger fleet through a complex network of trackside assets, bridges, platforms and tunnels.

“Without GT’s technology, this work would have taken many months if not years to assess, given the complex task of modelling and testing the clearances of the proposed new trains,” said Dave Presley.

“Specialising in network wide collection, processing and analysis of high resolution imagery
and LiDAR to support key rail industry initiatives including transit asset mapping, clearance surveys and Mechanized Track Patrol, GT has built an international reputation for the quality of our innovation and the value we can bring to rail services around the world. We’re absolutely delighted at this recognition from the rail industry in our home country,” he said.

The evolution of GT’s rail LiDAR clearance capability and its AIMS Analyser software began a decade ago when it was contracted by PTV to complete a network-wide structure gauge audit across the Victorian rural and metropolitan networks.

Since then, GT has completed rolling stock clearance assessments, over-dimensioned load analysis and platform edge studies on behalf of many Australian, New Zealand and North American customers.  This world class capability has been developed by GT’s Melbourne-based rail survey professionals within the GT Data Services team.

The SEPTA Bi Level Train clearance project was led by Mark Merida & Mark Wrighton with great assistance from Neiko Altenburg, Hamish Scott-Stevenson and Ross King amongst many other enthusiastic helpers.

“The team worked tirelessly to adapt and apply our innovative technologies to SEPTA’s specific needs in Philadelphia. This award showcases GT’s unique capabilities to solve complex asset and data management challenges in the transport sector,” said Dave Presley.




About Geomatic Technologies:-

Geomatic Technologies (GT) develops advanced mobile and spatial technology solutions to solve complex asset and data management challenges in the utility, transport and government sectors.

For more than 20 years, GT has worked closely with essential infrastructure owners, operators and maintainers, meeting their unique needs with technology solutions that capture, manage, and analyse asset condition and performance data.

As a business of Select Solutions, GT’s key strength is in creating solutions that deliver ‘Asset Intelligence’. That is, solutions that empower infrastructure businesses to make truly informed decisions about their assets.

GT’s portfolio includes solutions and services for mobile workforce management, asset capture and inspection across transportation and electricity networks, spatial Business Intelligence and data analytics solutions.  GT’s core rail services and solutions are represented by track curvature and gradient data solutions, 3D imagery capabilities to support track asset mapping, sophisticated LiDAR solutions to assess vehicle dynamic envelope and over dimension load clearances and its Mechanised Track Patrol Solution.


For more information about this award, the SEPTA solution, and Geomatic Technologies capabilities, please contact +61 3 9694 4244.