Fugro contracted for LiDAR scanning of Banedanmark’s Railway Network

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Copenhagen: Fugro has been selected by Banedanmark to provide its train-borne lidar scanning technology for digital survey of the Danish railway network.

The company has entered a four-year framework agreement to enable lidar scanning of Banedanmark’s infrastructure for safe network operations.

Banedanmark is responsible for the management of Denmark’s public railway infrastructure. The matters within the company’s purview include maintenance, traffic control and development of the railway network. The company manages a network of more than 3,000km of track.

The firm is looking to create a ‘digital twin’ of the infrastructure to maintain accurate data concerning the track and any objects on the rail corridor.

This is intended to improve safety and timeliness.

The RILA train-borne survey technology will allow Banedanmark to acquire lidar data and imagery of both the track and surroundings at the same time.

The digital twin will provide an accurate and ‘information-rich’ model of Denmark’s railway infrastructure, Fugro said in a statement.

It will detect objects in conflict with the railway infrastructure clearance profile.

In addition, Banedanmark will be able to conduct clearance gauge mapping using the digital twin.

Fugro Rail global director Jeroen Huiskamp said: “This is the first time that Banedanmark has used train-borne lidar technology on large extents of the network and we are proud that they have chosen our RILA solution. The operational flexibility, improved safety levels, highly accurate data and attractive costing set it apart from other survey methods.”

Using the RILA technology will reduce the need for on-track surveyors, the company added.

Banedanmark project manager Charlotte Lomholt said: “We look forward to an ongoing cooperation with Fugro to survey the Danish rail network. With 190 million passengers and 3000 trains passing through Denmark, safety is a major driver.

“The data that Fugro delivers will enable our teams to supervise the structure gauge and improve infrastructure maintenance predictions. All in all, it will help create the railway of the future.”

Fugro noted that data collection using the techonology will start later this year. From next year, the companies will work on a full network capture.

Users will be able to access the Fugro’s RILA Portal, which will feature datasets collected under the agreement.

The data will deliver benefits to track maintenance, asset management, landscaping and detailed design.

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