Automated design technology is set to revolutionise the way railways are built and maintained in Britain from next year.
This is because of Network Rail’s plans to introduce state-of-the-art automated design technology, which will go some way to reducing the time it takes to either design a route or a piece of infrastructure.
The change in time is remarkable – what once took several months will now take a few days, thanks to the automated design technology.
Atish Chauhan, a project manager at Network Rail, explained why automated design is so important.
“Using automated design will help Network Rail with producing better designs faster, and support our long term service by allowing better assumptions about future infrastructure and associated changes to services.”
The technology will be vital in designing the likes of signalling much faster; this in turn will help to make the network much more efficient, and will mean journeys are improved for passengers and those businesses that rely on the rail network each and every day.
Network Rail say that the new state-of-the-art tool will automatically design parts of the railway including track, power supply, signalling systems and bridges.
This will be done by bringing various sources of data railway design together that teams use, before running through all possible outcomes that result in the most efficient and safest design.
By using this new technology, Network Rail will be able to vastly improve the way it models and simulates the railway, enabling staff members to be more informed regarding the decisions they make to improve services for freight operators and passengers.
Prior to the implementation of the technology, Network Rail will work with the four winners of a collaborative research and development grant, choosing the most appropriate way to implement automated design.
The four companies will get a share of £300,000, and will accelerate innovation.