In preparation for Network Rail’s infrastructure improvements to the Crossrail route between Paddington and Reading, Track Access Services Limited conducted a GBP 40,000 survey along 60 kilometers of the double-track railway using terrestrial laser scanning. A geo-located 3D point cloud and synchronized HD video were produced to define track and line-side infrastructure. The data provided site awareness and support design, as-built verification, clash avoidance, and signal sighting for the Crossrail project.
Safety issues and avoidance of service disruption were of paramount importance while meeting an accelerated delivery schedule. The selected survey method delivered 150,000 measurement points per second, enabling highly accurate, dense coverage without compromising safety or operations. ProjectWise and MicroStation were used for project collaboration and data post-processing, respectively. MicroStation’s ability to model vast amounts of disparate data was essential to meeting project requirements.
The survey delivered a valuable data set consisting of a 3D point cloud, selected 3D feature strings, selected tagged assets, and an HD video of existing infrastructure. The survey method costs were approximately 75 percent less than the alternative and, in conjunction with Bentley software’s data processing, saved an estimated GBP 228,000. Additional savings resulted from not interfering with train operations. The return on investment will multiply when the survey data is used throughout the Crossrail project.
The capture of survey data and subsequent format conversions facilitated information sharing among all authorized project stakeholders. MicroStation provided the ability to overlay or reference large amounts of disparate data from multiple sources. ProjectWise allowed survey data management, storage, and distribution. Within the ProjectWise environment, Bentley’s BIM technology not only enabled project collaboration but also longer-term asset lifecycle information management.