Long-Term Monitoring for Railway Structures

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Long-Term Monitoring for Railway Structures

Highlights
  • Monitor natural and man-made structures continuously and automatically.
  • Use campaign monitoring for periodic measurements.
  • Operate and control monitoring sensors, even at remote locations.
  • Gather precise data both for long-term trends and sudden motion.
  • Monitor large areas with high precision.
  • Create customized systems using Trimble instruments and software.
Long-Term Monitoring for Railway Structures

During the long life cycles of railway infrastructure, railway structures and surrounding landscape and objects can move or change. Rail operators use monitoring to understand the dynamics of natural and man-made objects over time.


Trimble Monitoring Systems provide precise information on the subtle, long-term motion of landforms, walls, tunnels, supports and other slow-moving structures. Fully-automated Trimble monitoring systems use Trimble GNSS and Total Stations to gather information over extended periods. If your project doesn't require continuous monitoring, you can use Trimble campaign monitoring to conduct precise, periodic measurements of key points.


Trimble systems can measure rapid motion to help understand the behavior of bridges and structures under dynamic loads. Trimble rapid motion detection technology combines GNSS and advanced computations to capture small changes that result from wind, traffic or other forces on a structure.


Some monitoring projects involve steep slopes, tunnels or other distant or difficult locations. Trimble sensors and targets can be permanently installed, eliminating the need to make frequent trips to remote or hazardous areas. Sensors can be controlled and updated from a convenient location.


Trimble 4D Software is the hub of your Trimble monitoring system. It controls the sensors, manages data and provides computations and results. You can use sophisticated Trimble routines to analyze your data and create customized reports. The SQL monitoring database can be accessed by external software for specialized computations. The Trimble Web Module allows designated project stakeholders to view system status and output via secure Internet access.


  • Key Benefits
  • Key Features
  • Solutions
  • Protect public safety and railway assets
  • Understand the dynamics of railway infrastructure
  • Continuously monitor potential hazards
  • Monitor multiple locations from a single control center
  • Combine data from GNSS, Total Stations and external geotechnical sensors
  • Analyze both rapid and slow movement
  • Keep workers out of hazardous areas
  • Comply with legal and contract requirements
  • View system status from any location via Web Interface
  • Precise monitoring measurements using Trimble Total Stations and GNSS
  • Fully automated operation
  • Remote control and configuration
  • Rugged, field-tested equipment
  • Simultaneous operation of GNSS networks and total stations
  • Comprehensive analysis and reporting
  • Web access for complete review
  • Support for third party geotechnical sensors
  • SQL database for access by external software
  • Expert training and technical support
  • Trimble R9 GNSS Reference Receiver
    • Unparalleled GNSS tracking performance
    • USB, Bluetooth, Ethernet and serial communications
  • Trimble S8 Total Station
    • Precise measurement up to 2,500 meters
    • Trimble Long-Range FineLock
    • Trimble MagDrive for silent operation
    • Campaign or continuous operation
  • Trimble 4D Control Software
    • Automated monitoring
    • Data analysis
    • Reports and alerts
    • Scalable systems and solutions
  • Trimble Access Software
    • Campaign monitoring
    • Surveying applications