|Poster on July 11, 2019
Popular Trends and Technological Advancements Railway
As the world continues experiencing a period of
big technological innovations, the railway sector has not been left behind.
However, railway tech is affected by several factors. From changing societal
and climatic demands to shifting industry requirements, the way railway
networks across the world works is changing daily. Here are the top three
trends shaping the railway sector today:
1. Mobility Simulation: Understand How People Move
in the transportation sector could benefit immensely from mobility simulation.
As important as cost-effective and well-organized designs are, mobility
simulation (SIM) can help partners and governments to understand person-hours
traveled, commuter flows, environmental and economic advantages of urban
mobility improvements, and assist in calculating multi-modal service levels.
For instance, it was easy for Autodesk to incorporate and look at their
engineering plans using the InfraWorks mobility simulation model installed
in the San Andreas Airport. The SIM model also enabled them to look into
valuable data such as airport arrivals, traffic, and how shared space is
2. Virtual Reality: Hands-On Experiences For Users
and vision are key factors for great rail travel projects. These factors
are also important when playing online games at the Royal
Panda casino. However, practical modeling and design are also essential
to understand how the rail systems work in a daily hands-on sense. As such,
virtual test runs can greatly improve the production of expensive models.
That way, the development and installation process can be optimized, accelerated,
For example, the California High-speed Trains Association
partnered with Project Buccaneer for a high-speed rail project to create
a VR experience. That would help Californians to understand how it would
work and affect their lives. The VR model can also act as a training tool
to offer hands-on experiences before incurring too much expense.
and designers will also enjoy the same benefits by being able to alter
plans and designs early enough. That’s because they’ll
be able to make the necessary adjustments based on the feedback from the
community and other stakeholders without expensive modeling. It will also
reduce the time it would take to get feedback.
3. BIM & GIS: Taking The Environment Into Account
next integral piece of the rail infrastructure puzzle is BIM (Building
Information Modelling) and GIS – Geographic Information System.
Companies such as Italy’s Italferr are using both technologies
together. For instance, a new rail in Brescia, using GIS tools and BIM
design allows two important outcomes; the power to monitor the whole railway
and integrating the model with the infrastructure’s surrounding.
railway planning, design and maintenance, the use of GIS data like interferometric
data, geological surveys have various benefits. The use of historical data
on hydro-geological risks can help manage infrastructure damages and plan
preventive and corrective maintenance by merging data from intelligent
models and GIS information.
sector is in the cusp of change. Through simple demand and supply,
high-speed travels are reaching levels never seen before. Population migration
is also changing the way railways and trains are built while considering
costs, budgets, and risks. As such, the industry is leveraging digital
tech to transform not only the railway industry but also transportation
as a whole.