• Rail Network Design

    Optimizing track, traction power, and signaling design

Rail Network Design Solution

Track design is at the heart of any rail network, taking into account the unique features of geography throughout the rail network. From track designs, you can then design traction power and signaling against your track to deliver an efficient, safe rail layout for your passenger and freight traffic. The resulting rail network design integrates earthworks, drainage, ballast, signaling, electrical control, and power systems together with physical track positions within the permanent way.
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  • Analyze rail track gauging

    • ​Gauging analysis ensures that the rolling stock proposed for your track will fit. Design data is combined with CAD models of proposed infrastructure changes to assess the viability of new or changed infrastructure.
  • Analyze rail track regressions

    • ​Convert surveys of track data into full alignments using regression analysis. Determine the best fit geometry alignment of your track from a range of survey data types, including transition types and cant. You can then use this geometry to produce design changes.
  • Design and place rail signals

    • ​Configure and place signals within a rail model. Build signals interactively from items such as hoods, aspects, and masts. Then use linear referencing to place and orient your signals relative to the track. Geographic and schematic views of the same signal scheme can be produced if required.
  • Design rail overhead line systems

    • ​Combine survey, design rules, and operational requirements to generate outline overhead line designs. You can use engineering workflows to produce height and stagger values for your wire runs that take into account spatial constraints on equipment and the geometry of the underlying track.
  • Design rail signal electrical systems

    • ​Apply intelligent 2D/3D electrical system design to deliver rail signal projects up to 40 percent faster. Produce precise schematics such as crossing, track, and control circuits. Publish route aspect charts, event recorder connectors, and layouts for relay racks, panels, interlocking rooms, and huts.
  • Design rail track drainage systems

    • Ensuring appropriate drainage is included within rail designs is vital to ensuring the availability of the railway. Preventing storm or floodwater from damaging your rail network through effective design will reduce maintenance costs and increase availability of the network.
  • Design track geometry

    • ​Combine survey, design rules, and operational requirements to generate optimal geometry for your track. Use engineering workflows to produce horizontal and vertical alignments and cant design that comply with local design rules.
  • Generate rail engineering deliverables

    • ​Create engineering deliverables for your rail projects, directly from design models. Contractual deliverables for rail schemes include geographic plans, sections, bills of quantities, stage works plans, and images  These are delivered with controlled approval and distribution.
  • Generate rail track construction deliverables

    • ​Deliver construction, refurbishment, and renewal information from designs directly to the construction sector. You can deliver tamping instructions directly to tamping machines for track realignment, or full scheme plans for major works or new rails.
  • Integrate and manage rail engineering data

    • ​Optimize your rail designs with information from multiple sources. You can combine traditional survey with land usage, point clouds, and as-built records, and ensure all data is available in a common grid system to support the design process.
  • Produce and visualize signal animations

    • ​Check the visibility and usability of your signals in all states. Your signals will display a range of aspects, all of which must be assessed during signal placement. All light aspects and feathers must be sufficiently visible to drivers to ensure safe operation of the network.
  • Simulate "drivers eye" visualization

    • ​Visualize trackside signals from a driver's perspective to ensure a proposed design is fit for purpose. Check your designs for signals obscured by existing equipment such as bridges and platforms, by proposed equipment such as a new overhead line scheme, or by trains on adjacent tracks.
  • Validate rail design

    • ​Ensure that your design complies with all relevant rail standards. Ensure that design rules and clearance requirements have been adhered to, and use visualization to ensure that the proposed track, signaling, and electrification work with the existing infrastructure to deliver a drivable railway.
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