Analyst is a full-featured analysis and reporting software package for
rail and track measurement data. Geometry, GRMS, rail wear, profile, and
rail defect data, presented together, provide a complete picture of track
conditions. Trending analysis shows rate of change over time, supporting
rail and tie replacement planning.
Who uses it..
Track engineers with
responsibility for planning and maintenance decision-making .
- comparisons over time highlight problem
areas in track
- query and charting features quickly
identify areas requiring maintenance
- analysis tools help identify causes of
high and low degradation rates
- automated rail replacement forecasting
- automated tie planning and budgeting
- 'open' database; easy data access and export
Track Analyst Selected Features..
- well-supported industry-standard DBMS
- fast data access for queries and reports
- 'open' database. Data can be exported to spreadsheets and other
applications for further analysis.
RAIL PROFILE VIEW
This view shows the greatest detail
about rail wear at a specific location.
Profile View showing multiple comparison runs
wear measurements, percent head loss, cant, gauge face angle, track gauge,
rail type, wear classification
comparison to one or more earlier runs
optional unworn overlay
choice of units: metric, English, or mixed
user-defined layout and measurement labels
TRACK CONDITION CHARTS
condition chart combining
GRMS, gauge wear, cant, curvature, and obstacles. Three runs are
A weak tie condition on the 4.1 degree R curve shows projected loaded
gauge (PLG24) past the condemning limit, and negative cant.
up to eight measurements for both sides of the track (16 channels total)
45 available channels include rail wear, track geometry, GRMS, and
grinding QA measurements and crown radius may also be charted if used
with the RPR Grinding System
comparison to one or more earlier runs
shows track curvature degree and direction
lubricators and other track points are displayed as icons
horizontal and vertical re-scaling
with all option settings can be saved and reused
Analyst supports user-defined exception thresholds for geometry and GRMS
measurements. Example. .
20 track classes and 20 exception levels are supported
are used in strip chart colour coding, in calculating GRMS exceptions, and
in the Threshold Report
can be found by database queries, or can be imported from external files. Track
Analyst reports exceptions in several ways, including colour-coded strip charts,
labelled exceptions, defect index, and tabular reports .
defects, geometry and GRMS exceptions can be charted
exception threshold lines and/or colour codes
cumulative Defect Index value, covering several included years of
data, may be calculated and charted for each track segment
RAIL WEAR QUERIES AND EXCEPTION REPORTS
queries allow you to search for exceptional or dangerous conditions .
supports combination queries: e.g. all profiles with negative cant and wide gauge
supports mixed and/orlogic: e.g. find all 115 RE profiles worn to 10 mm laterally or 14 mm vertically
'spike' queries: localized exceptions
'transition' queries: e.g. find locations where rail weight changes
queries can be based on track gauge, head area, head loss, wear measurements, cant angle, gauge face angle, rail weight and rail wear classification
query and reporting options can be saved as a named template
results are viewed on screen or saved to file as a Wear Report. Detail and summary options are available
reports are generated as text files or in CSV format for direct import to spreadsheets
combination queries, such as surface or alignment or warp exceptions
number of different measurements and exception levels (up to 10)
and reporting options can be saved as a named template
reports are available, including tie planning reports
or CSV (spreadsheet) format for all reports
TIE PLANNING BUDGET REPORT
Tie Plan shows the Tie Planning Budget Report in chart form .
of the Tie Planning Budget query and report are presented graphically
replacement locations show as bars, solid black if within budget,
hollow grey if not
of replacement ties is shown above the bar
of ties in the cluster is shown below the bar
This chart calculates average wear values and graphically displays a wear
trend for any curve or tangent section.
- measures curve performance in terms of wear rate
- shows trends in rail wear (vertical, gauge or combined wear, or head loss percentage), and other track measurements (track gauge, cant)
- shows 'out-of-balance' wear rates for left and right rails
- optionally shows rail section condemning limits
- bases projections on time or tonnage
- uses linear or quadratic projections
- instant horizontal and vertical re-scaling on demand
- automatically detects rail changeout
- optionally displays wear rate equations
Replacement Forecast Report shows projected dates when rail should be replaced .
trends can be based on time or accumulated tonnage
rates are calculated for each side of each curve or tangent section.
Long tangents are divided at mileposts.
replacement conditions (">= 70% ORANGE" means that 70% of
the curve has reached the "ORANGE" wear classification or
can be viewed and edited graphically as a Visual Rail Replacement Plan
or CSV format
Visual Rail Replacement Plan chart allows you to view the rail replacement
forecast graphically, and edit your plan .
replacement locations show as grey bars at the replacement location.
The vertical axis is replacement year.
years of rail wear data may be plotted on the same screen
down to see wear trend charts for any curve
replacement length or year using drag-and-drop editing. Add or delete
shortcuts let you move quickly through the plan.
TRACK SEGMENT PERFORMANCE
Showing comparative wear rates of many curves in a single display, the Track Segment Performance Chart allows immediate identification of the worst and best performers. The chart is interactive, allowing users to drill down to details, in order to determine what is causing both high and low wear rates. Used with the Track Segment Query function, a railroad can measure and compare the effects of different metallurgies, lubrication and other maintenance practices using actual wear measurements of their own track .
with the Track Segment Query, measure the effects of attributes such as
metallurgy, MGT, lubrication and other maintenance practices, averaged over
a large territory
a top-level summary that can be used to compare the overall track
performance of one territory, or one railroad, with another
RAIL INVENTORY REPORT
The Rail Inventory report summarizes rail assets in a selected territory by weight and wear classification .
Average Wear report averages wear measurements for each curve and tangent
section in a territory. For each section, side, and rail weight, the first line
gives average measurements, and the second line gives the variation in each
measurement. The reported variation is ± 3 standard deviations of the
corresponding average measurement.
rail weight within a curve is averaged separately
feet and percentages for selected wear classifications
tangents divided at mileposts
Segment Report shows the curve and tangent sections within a territory, and,
within each section, obstacles and other track points .
curve and spiral lengths (not scaled to long and short mileboards)
all, none, or user-selected track points
optional min/max for curvature and superelevation
optional VMax and track class
optional note fields
text or CSV format