Aurizon Plans to Take Measures into its Own Hands

At a Glance

  • Client(s)
  • Aurizon
  • Project Location(s)
  • Townsville, Queensland
LTK-designed railcarNew equipment will help Aurizon measure up.  

Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail freight operator, moving coal, agricultural, industrial, and retail products across Australia. Aurizon currently relies on Queensland Rail (QR) for its track inspection and measurement process. This methodology uses QR’s track inspection vehicle to measure rail profile and track geometry for passenger and freight networks. However, Aurizon has limited access to the QR inspection vehicle and, therefore, experiences delays to obtaining data, which affects the planning of track maintenance on its network.

Aurizon is investigating the feasibility of measuring the network’s rail profile and track geometry data more frequently. Aurizon’s goal is to use measuring equipment installed on revenue service vehicles, which will allow it to collect data every two to seven days instead of every six months.

LTK’s role was to provide experienced rolling stock engineers to assist Aurizon in a trial in which DMA Track Geometry Measuring System (TGMS) equipment was installed on a 4000 Class locomotive. The objective was to eventually install the equipment on more locomotives in the fleet.

. LTK’s scope included:

  • Installation Design and Integration – collaborated with Aurizon and DMA in designing a mounting structure for application onboard a 4000 Class locomotive
  • Overseeing the Aurizon Change Management Process
  • Managing the TGMS equipment installation onsite to ensure the design objectives were met

LTK applied systems and safety assurance principles across the delivery of the project, conducting risk workshops to identify key hazards and mitigative controls in addition to mapping verification and validation evidence. This process was iterative across the life cycle of the project.

Deliverables included a Concept and Final Design Integration Report, Compliance Plan, Procurement Bill of Materials (BOM), Installation Work Instructions, Project Hazard Log, and Lessons Learnt Presentation.