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Computer-aided evaluation of the railway track geometry on the basis of satellite measurements

Cezary Specht
  • Faculty of Navigation, Gdynia Maritime University, 3 John Paul II Avenue, PL 81-345 Gdynia, Poland
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/ Władysław Koc
  • Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdansk University of Technology, 11/12 G. Narutowicza Str., PL 80-233 Gdansk
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/ Piotr Chrostowski
  • Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdansk University of Technology, 11/12 G. Narutowicza Str., PL 80-233 Gdansk
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Published Online: 2016-05-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eng-2016-0017


In recent years, all over the world there has been a period of intensive development of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) measurement techniques and their extension for the purpose of their applications in the field of surveying and navigation. Moreover, in many countries a rising trend in the development of rail transportation systems has been noticed. In this paper, a method of railway track geometry assessment based on mobile satellite measurements is presented. The paper shows the implementation effects of satellite surveying railway geometry. The investigation process described in the paper is divided on two phases. The first phase is the GNSS mobile surveying and the analysis obtained data. The second phase is the analysis of the track geometry using the flat coordinates from the surveying. The visualization of the measured route, separation and quality assessment of the uniform geometric elements (straight sections, arcs), identification of the track polygon (main directions and intersection angles) are discussed and illustrated by the calculation example within the article.

Keywords: Railway route; Geometric lay-out; Design method


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About the article

Received: 2016-02-17

Accepted: 2016-05-05

Published Online: 2016-05-24

Citation Information: Open Engineering, Volume 6, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2391-5439, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eng-2016-0017.

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