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Able to cover even the busiest and most inaccessible areas of the rail network from a working height of 25m, Vogel R3D can capture survey-grade data from a position of safety even during live traffic hours.

This removes the need for possessions and line blocks, drastically reducing the exposure of workers to risk, shortening programme times and ensuring significant cost savings.

Vogel R3D is a unique, UAV-based system that enables the comprehensive surveying of rail infrastructure to a sub-5mm accuracy.

UAV Canal Way Road Rail
UAV Canal Way Road Rail

State-of-the-Art Technology

Developed from years of expertise in laser scanning and photogrammetry, and underpinned by robust survey principles, this ground-breaking system uses a state-of-the-art UAV platform and 100-megapixel camera to capture overlapping aerial images of an entire site.

Bespoke workflows and software algorithms are then used to convert the imagery into 3D data – to a sub-5mm accuracy that is superior to any other method of data capture.

Vogel R3D deliverables

Deliverables

TruView

Similar to Google Street View, TruView is a web-based software package that enables stakeholders to ‘walk’ a site and even take measurements. It’s ideal for asset inspections, condition surveys and Health & Safety briefings.

UAV Vogel TruView

High-resolution imagery

Example of Vogel's zoom facilities at Guildford
Example of Vogel's zoom facilities at Guildford

Our UAV captures both nadir and oblique images (looking straight down and at a 45° angle) to ensure every visible surface is covered.

The imagery is so detailed that it’s possible to read markings on sleepers, identify specific rail clips, examine crossing noses and clearly view flash butt welds – making the job of asset inspection so much easier.

The imagery is so detailed that it’s possible to read markings on sleepers.

3D point clouds

Point cloud for use in CAD packages by designers, enabling the production of BIM (Building Information Modelling) deliverables.

Topographical surveys

Topographical surveys cover all P-Way detail – including all tracks, switches, crossings, ties & ballast.

Uav Vogel Rail Topo

Orthophoto

Orthophoto – true-to-scale, high-resolution image with all distortions removed so that measurements can be taken and overlaid with CAD drawings.

Uav Vogel Orthophoto

Track alignments

Track data is extracted from the UAV data and overlaid on a Hi-Res Orthophoto.

The application of the Vogel R3D system is a real game-changer for Network Rail and helps us to satisfy many of our survey requirements in a safe manner without the cost implications or potential programme delays associated with multiple possessions.

Chris Preston, Senior Engineer - Network Rail

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Let’s discuss your requirements and see how our expertise can help on your next project.

Plowman Craven has more than 50 years’ experience providing integrated measurement and consultancy services to the property and infrastructure markets.

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