Development of spatial technology for the New South Wales' railways: into the 21st century

Rail Services Australia, in conjunction with its client Rail Access Corporation, is implementing a spatial asset management system using GIS technology to provide enhanced management and operational opportunities. The underlying objective of the system is to rationalise the maintenance of data used by the diverse information systems in the operation of the rail infrastructure. Coupled with this is the need to provide improved viewing and analysis tools. Unlike some other organisations, the GIS is not being implemented as a specific stand-alone project. Rather, the GIS is being implemented as a by product of other projects which require the spatial data and, in some cases, the functionality of the GIS to support their operation. Data and applications are being progressively added as projects dictate. The basic Smallworld GIS functionality is being enhanced to meet the needs of users, taking advantage of Web browsing features to provide access across a wide geographical area. There is no limit to the number of people who can concurrently see and use the same data, unlike the paper based and island systems it is replacing. The paper provides a brief review of past developments, an overview of current projects, the positive impact those changes are having on the business and a brief insight into how spatial information system technology is likely to be applied to meet the commercial needs of rail organisations, particularly rail organisations, in the 21 SI century. The paper describes some of the benefits to be realised from utilising the latest GIS technology. A case study using the Electrical SCADANet Project is presented.

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  • Pagination: 10p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Railway technology for the 21st century: CORE 2000: conference on railway engineering, May 21-23 2000, Glenelg, South Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532033
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:52AM