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Modernizing Rail Inspections for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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Chad Gartrell

US Army COE, ERDC, GSL, APB, Vicksburg, MS

Judy Reagan, Caleb Carter

GIS Inc., Birmingham, AL

Paper No. RTDF2012-9404, pp. 189-197; 9 pages
  • ASME 2012 Rail Transportation Division Fall Technical Conference
  • ASME 2012 Rail Transportation Division Fall Technical Conference
  • Omaha, Nebraska, USA, October 16–18, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4507-3
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) executes inspection programs as part of the U.S. Army Transportation Infrastructure Program (ATIP). These inspection, monitoring and assessment programs include airfields, bridges, dams, railroads, waterfront facilities and ranges. To date, the process for these inspection programs has been manually intensive, time consuming and difficult to scale. The US Army Corps is bringing digital business and spatial data collection methods to its inspection program for the military’s railroad infrastructure. By combining GPS and GIS technologies into a mobile data collection solution, added efficiency and data quality has been brought to the field inspection workflow. This modernization effort also results in streamlined data processing and reporting. These improved processes will lead to higher quality data, better analysis of the new richer data content and better decisions made by the end users and stakeholders.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Inspection , Engineers , Rails , Army



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