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May 2024

Agonics captures LiDAR data along the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway

Last week, our team achieved a unique milestone by capturing LiDAR data and imagery along the 35km stretch of the West Coast Wilderness Railway (WCWR) in Tasmania’s captivating rainforest, from Strahan to Queenstown.

The WCWR, known for its rare rack and pinion system, holds historical significance. We are proud of our team’s role in supporting the maintenance and safety of this tourist attraction. We are excited to share some stunning shots taken by the team.

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April 2024

Agonics is proud to be a part of the RISSB Rail Safety Conference 2024

Agonics is proud to be a part of the RISSB Rail Safety Conference 2024, happening from 30 April to 1 May. Join us for an insightful session where Dave Presley will share his expertise.

📌 Topic: “Line of Sight Assessment Using a Digital Workflow”
🗓️ Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2024
🕔 Time: 15:50

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into real-world Australian railway applications of LiDAR data in enhancing safety for railway workers.
More information about the event: https://lnkd.in/gMY3WVkq

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April 2024

Agonics and UGL Regional Linx Collaborate to Enhance Rail Network Safety and Efficiency

We were delighted to collaborate with UGL Regional Linx to deliver a full operational network LiDAR and imagery solution using our state-of-the-art Mobile Laser System (MLS) hosted in our innovative XERRA platform. This enables users to complete inspection and perform network measurements remotely from the safety of their desktop.

Important project parameters include:
– Mobile LiDAR Survey across 2,386 kilometres of operational rail lines.
Extensive rollingstock clearance reporting to facilitate freight movements.
– Rapid processing of LiDAR and Imagery dataset into cloud platform.
Access to full resolution LiDAR and imagery through XERRA platform.
– Zero incidents.

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March 2024

Addressing backlogs in level crossing assessments

Traditional methods for assessing level crossings involve sending personnel into the field to make observations manually. However, recent research undertaken by Agonics, in collaboration with the NTRO – National Transport Research Organisation, is setting the stage for substantial advancements in this space. In this article for Infrastructure Magazine, we delve into a new desktop-based process for assessing level crossings that are set to improve the way these critical safety evaluations are carried out.

We hope you enjoy the read.

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March 2024

Introducing Our Three-Step Process for Enhanced Rail Asset Information

We have devised a new three-step process to improve asset information in rail asset databases. Interested in knowing more? Watch the video

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February 2024

MLS Success on the Carmichael Rail Network with Bowen Rail

Recently, we completed a Mobile Laser Survey (MLS) across the Carmichael Rail Network on behalf of Bowen Rail Company. This project featured our new MLS system, which seamlessly integrates LiDAR with high resolution panoramic imagery of the rail corridor. Despite two cyclone events, the close collaboration between the teams ensured minimal impact to train operations and zero incidents….

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February 2024

The Power of MLS for Dilapidation Surveys

Dilapidation Surveys are often just a footnote in rail construction contracts. Did you know that Mobile Laser Surveys or MLS are a great way to meet a contractual requirement in a quality assured way? In this short video, we explore the benefits of the approach. 

If you are interested in knowing more about how to efficiently meet Dilapidation Survey obligations in construction, please get in touch at enquiry@agonics.com

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January 2024

Agonics Nominated for the Ken Erickson Innovation Award

We are excited about being nominated again for the Ken Erickson Innovation Award category for our Line of Sight Assessment Digital Workflow. You can see a short video on the innovation here….

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January 2024

2023: A year of Milestones and Growth

As we start a new year, we look back at the many great interactions we had in 2023 and we thank our clients for continuing to challenge us with projects that make the rail industry one of the most exciting spaces to work in.

Each image in this collage captures a significant moment, reflecting the milestones we have achieved and the great people we have met.

In 2024 we look forward to new challenges and to new projects as we continue our mission to be the most trusted supplier of LiDAR and imagery services, software and reports to the railway industry.

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December 2023

Introducing Line of Sight Assessments, the new track worker safety feature in XERRA

LOS Assessments using LiDAR are a safer, more auditable way to ensure worker safety before setting up a worksite.

For more information, get in touch with us at enquiry@agonics.com

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November 2023

Agonics showcases XERRA’s advanced rail LiDAR processing capabilities at AusRail Plus 2023

AusRail Plus was a huge event this year and we’re delighted to share some snapshots from our booth. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who stopped by.

We very much enjoyed our interactions with you and we were thrilled to be able to showcase the latest advancements in our #XERRA platform, the leading #LiDAR and imagery visualisation and analytics software for rail users. Your questions and suggestions are truly important to us.

Interested in how XERRA can optimise rail business processes?

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November 2023

Agonics announces Bronze Sponsorship of ASPECT 2023

We’re thrilled to announce our participation in ASPECT 2023, taking place this week in Melbourne. Our team is eager to demonstrate how our cutting-edge LiDAR-based solutions can significantly reduce risks in signalling projects.

Following our successful showcase at the AusRail Plus conference last week, we are excited to present our XERRA platform to the ASPECT audience. Join us to explore how XERRA and our other advanced technologies are making a positive impact in the rail industry.

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November 2023

Towards safer level crossing assessments

Ensuring safety at railway level crossings remains a significant challenge on the Australian continent. According to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) accidents at level crossings still make a significant contribution to the total number of railway-related fatalities that involve members of the public.

With 23,000 level crossings in Australia and many in remote locations……

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November 2023

Agonics welcomes Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India

This week we hosted a visit to our office by DFCCIL, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India, Austrade and Techwave.

It was a very interactive session and it was fun showcasing our work and advanced technologies including our XERRA platform to a knowledgeable and engaged audience. It was also great to learn more about the Indian Railway industry.

Thanks again to #austrade for making the connection. We look forward to future discussions and collaboration.

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Agonics showcases XERRA at AusRailPlus 2023

AusRailPlus 2023 is just around the corner and we’re excited to be part of this year’s event. Make your way to booth #539 where we’ll be showcasing our XERRA platform the industry’s most widely adopted LiDAR and imagery visualisation software. 

This year has seen important updates in XERRA, including new sighting distance calculations to signals, critical for integrating new train fleets. Team members Finbar Holland, Jamie Ibrahim, and Dave Presley are looking forward to answering your questions and showing how #XERRA is adding value to rail businesses.

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November 2023

Agonics and Sydney Trains presented an effective optimisation of routine maintenance using LiDAR 

Join us next week at AusRail in the #PWI technical session where we will present a paper with Sydney Trains on how to optimise routine maintenance through the application of LiDAR Data.

Further information on the topic can be found below:
The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2023,
at 3:45 pm.

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October 2023

XERRA: New Interface Enhancements for LiDAR Processing and Visualisation

In a significant update, Agonics has launched the latest version of XERRA, elevating the standards in LiDAR processing and visualisation.

The refresh introduces a user-friendly interface, ensuring a smoother and more intuitive experience. A sneak peek video is now available, showcasing the sophisticated enhancements incorporated into XERRA.

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September 2024

Optimising the network integration of new trains

New train fleet purchases are considered to be one of the most strategically important investments that railway networks can make.
This is why, with many factors to consider, railway buyers should choose manufacturers that can deliver the right product for their network at a reasonable cost and within a reasonable timeframe, to successfully phase out aging fleets that are no longer fit for purpose for today’s public transport users…

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September 2023

Agonics Joins Industry Leaders at the ARA Awards

The Agonics team and our invited guests had a fantastic night at the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Awards. It was great to catch up with many familiar faces, surrounded by people who love working in rail as much as we do.

Thanks to Australasian Railway Association (ARA) for such a fantastic night.  Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners.

Here’s a snapshot from our memorable evening:

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August 2023

Agonics welcome a new team member

As part of our ongoing series to familiarise you with the faces behind Agonics, today we’re profiling our new team member Leonard Gouzin
Holding a pivotal role in our company, Leo’s expertise in LiDAR capture, processing, and analysis, as well as his recent tenure as an Elevation Specialist at Land Use Victoria makes him….

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August 2023

Agonics Leverages RIEGL’s LiDAR for Comprehensive Network Mapping

In collaboration with RIEGL, we utilise VUX-1HA laser scanners for our mobile laser scanning projects across prominent railway networks such as ARTC, Metro Trains, V/Line, TasRail, and Sydney Trains. Thanks to RIEGL Australia for mentioning our work. Find more details in the button below

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August 2023

Agonics Supports Rail Safety Week: Promoting Caution and Safety Around Trains

🚉 Today marks the commencement of the #RailSafetyWeek. At Agonics, we are stepping forward to express our full support for this crucial initiative, highlighting the importance of being cautious around trains.

These accidents impact workers, families, and communities.

➡ Want to learn more? Visit the TrackSAFE Foundation. And remember, being safe near tracks is important every day, not just this week.

Always be mindful, and prioritize safety first!

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August 2023

Agonics Commitment to Quality: Recertified and Ready to Help You “Move the Dial”

At Agonics, we put quality at the core of everything we do so that we can help you ”Move the Dial’‘. Our quality system was recently recertified, so thanks to our hardworking team for their efforts.

If you are ready to “Move the Dial’’ then get in touch.

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July 2023

Agonics supports female participation in sports and the workplace through AUJFC sponsorship

Agonics proudly announces its sponsorship of the Ashburton United Junior Football Club (AUJFC), as part of its commitment to boost female participation in both sports and professional environments.

We believe in the power of diversity and are actively seeking talented female engineers, surveyors, software developers, and project managers. If you’re a professional in these…

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July 2023

Agonics named as finalist for the Australasian Rail Industry Awards

We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted as finalists for the “Supplier Excellence Award” category as part of the Australasian Rail Industry Awards.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Agonics team.

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July 2023

Agonics is excited to announce our bronze sponsorship at Aspect 2023

We’re thrilled to announce our Bronze Sponsorship for Aspect 2023 🚄, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) international technical conference.

This landmark conference unites manufacturers, suppliers, and technical specialists, all fostering innovation and progress. We are very much looking forward to connecting with both domestic and international delegates attending

June 2023

Agonics will showcase the capabilities of LiDAR at CORE 2023

Agonics was part of the CORE 2023 Railway Engineering Exhibition in Melbourne, highlighting the capabilities of their XERRA platform in harnessing LiDAR datasets for rail engineering applications.
Dave Presley and Jamie Ibrahim, key team members from Agonics, engaged with delegates…..

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June 2023

Compliance reporting from digital twins

The rising prominence of digital twins in infrastructure asset management and maintenance is promising to revolutionise the way railway organisations approach the monitoring and upkeep of critical infrastructure. 

While the fever around digital twins continues unabated, the challenges in adapting digital twin technology in day-to-day routine maintenance and inspections cannot be overestimated….

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June 2023

XERRA simplifies interaction and sharing of LiDAR data for rail professionals

With XERRA users can:

➡ Visit project sites with a full 3D view of the rail corridor
➡ Take measurements in a 2D profile anywhere along the track
➡ Export profiles to other software
➡ Load vehicle outlines…. and much more.

If you are working with LiDAR on a rail project you need to be using XERRA.

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Agonics will participate at CORE 2023

June 2023

We are excited about participating in this biennial event and showcasing our XERRA software. Stay tuned for more updates

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May 2023

Railway engineering projects: the importance of asset information 

With a growing user base among Australian rail networks and Tier 1 contractors, XERRA is meeting the need of engineering project teams for accurate, reliable information on the rail corridor and assets…

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May 2023

Agonics team had a great time at the ARA networking dinner in Sydney

Represented by Finbar Holland and Jamie Ibrahim, Agonics had a fantastic night last Tuesday at the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Rail Industry networking dinner in Sydney they had a good catch-up with some colleagues and friends including Dr Allen Tam.

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May 2023

Practical tips and best practices for enhancing your asset inventory management

The digitisation of assets and asset condition is key in enabling investments in enterprise asset information (EAM) systems, train control systems and in new conditioning monitoring technologies….

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April 2023

Looking for a better way to visualise and interact with your LiDAR datasets?

XERRA is a leading LiDAR processing and visualisation platform that makes it easy for rail project teams to work efficiently with LiDAR data.

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April 2023

Agonics welcome a new team member

Exciting news! Agonics has a new team member.

Please welcome Jamie Ibrahim as our new client solutions engineer.
Jamie brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board

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March 2023

Looking at collecting LiDAR at scale on a Railway

Here are some things to consider

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March 2023

Exploring the Potential of LiDAR

LiDAR is a valuable tool and has many applications beyond the original project brief.  Here are some uses we put it to:

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February 2023

Agonics assists Metro Trains with a new digital track centreline

Commissioning a new track condition monitoring vehicles are a once-in-a-generation purchase by railway operators. Recently we assisted Metro Trains with a new digital track centreline to support the operation of their new track measurement technologies.

Mobile Laser Surveys (MLS), when executed correctly, provide valuable datasets for downstream projects. We’ve already digitised over 16,000 km of domestic network allowing refreshes to asset inventories, automation of measurement report, and enabling new digital systems.

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February 2023

Sydney Trains MIDT Project Wins Prestigious Innovation Award

At the NSW Permanent Way Institution awards held on Friday February 10, Sydney Trains was awarded the Ken Erickson Award for Innovation for its Measurement and Inspection Digital Twin (MIDT) project. The MIDT project aims to replace in-situ measurements of railway infrastructure…

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Xerra Tunnel
January 2023

Agonics appointed LiDAR acquisition partner for the Sydney Trains Measurement and Inspection Digital Twin (MIDT) project

This comes on the back of successful network-scale LiDAR acquisition projects undertaken for ARTC, V/Line and Metro Trains Melbourne. We are very much looking forward to working with Sydney Trains on this ground-breaking initiative….

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January 2023

Agonics launches a re-designed website

Excited to launch our re-designed website; with a modern look and simplified navigation, our website puts the user experience first – so we can connect you to the information that you need. Visit our new projects page and learn more about our work and experience.

We’re proud of the final result.

November 2022

Agonics participates in Ausrail Exhibition 2022 in Brisbane 

We’ve fielded a lot of enquiries at AusRail, and it’s been great to connect with clients and friends in Brisbane. We help many different rail clients get actionable information from LiDAR datasets. If you want to talk to our experts, contact us now: enquiry@agonics.com

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November 2022

Digital Data in Track, Infrastructure and Rollingstock Compliance, A Perspective

For new rollingstock and train control projects, as well as for routine infrastructure maintenance, accurate digital data can support a shift away from manual compliance methods towards an automated, fully auditable approach. This year, Agonics has……

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October 2022

Powerline Clearance Assessments

The team has been working hard on our recent project with McConnell Dowell assisting in planning an important track capacity upgrade.
The project involved an audit of the powerlines that crossed the rail corridor between Craigieburn and Wodonga – a distance of approximately 280km….

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September 2022

De-risking the commissioning of new track monitoring vehicles

New track condition monitoring vehicles are a once-in-a-generation purchase by railway operators. Their onboarding typically involves the operation of complex instrumentation and track measurement technologies that are far more advanced than the organisation’s preceding vehicle capabilities.
The testing and commissioning of such vehicles can present

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September 2022

Agonics attends ARA Awards Gala dinner

We had a fantastic night at the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Awards Gala dinner. It was wonderful to catch up with so many familiar faces, surrounded by people who love working in rail as much as we do.

Agonics Team at Gala Diner ARA
August 2022

Agonics is a finalist for the “Supplier Excellence Award” at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards

We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted as finalists for the “Supplier Excellence Award” category as part of the Australasian Rail Industry Awards.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Agonics team.
Fingers crossed for the final!

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August 2022

Agonics is proud to be the tracks database supplier for the new EV120

Congratulations to Metro Trains Melbourne on the successful commissioning of Evie!!

Agonics is proud to have been selected as the tracks database supplier for the new EV120.

After final farewells to the EM100/IEV100 this is an exciting new era for Victoria’s track geometry and condition reporting professionals.

July 2022

Agonics becomes a member of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA)

Agonics has recently become a member of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), signifying our commitment to actively engage with industry stakeholders and make meaningful contributions to the advancement of the railway sector.

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June  2022

Parallels between GPS and LiDAR adoption by industry

As LiDAR becomes more important in day to day rail operations and maintenance we asked Agonics Director, David Presley, about the parallels between the historical adoption of GPS and the current adoption of LiDAR by industry.

This is what he had to say:
“I’d say that just as LiDAR is gradually becoming accepted by rail for use case and compliance reporting, the adoption of new GPS technology by the offshore oil…

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May 2022

TasRail Undertakes Network Wide MLS Project

Our team has recently completed an MLS recording campaign across the TasRail network following on from a previous campaign carried out some years ago. The MLS project will give TasRail up to date imagery and LiDAR datasets across approximately 630 km of the freight network.

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Railway Asset Mapping Tasrail
February 2022

XERRA Cloud automates Road over Rail Bridges Investigation

As an approved supplier of geospatial asset information to the Victorian Department of Transport, Agonics has been engaged to prepare an authoritative database of road-over-rail bridges. To do this project Agonics will leverage its extensive MLS (Mobile Laser Scanning) library across the Victorian rail network as well as its in house XERRA LiDAR 

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Xerra Rail LiDAR Map
November 2021

Rail Deflection Tests Using Photogrammetric Methods

Longstanding clients Coleman Rail and parent company, Acciona, approached our team with a track deflection challenge that required very accurate measurement of the rail displacement as a locomotive was driven through a project site.

The project site encompassed more than 100km of regional track…

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November 2021

Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) Embarks on Whole of Network MLS Project

In preparation for the commissioning of a new track inspection vehicle and to realise an update to the Melbourne rail network asset inventory, MTM has partnered with Agonics to perform a whole of network MLS survey. The survey commenced in September 2020…..

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Melbourne Loop Asset Inventory
October 2021

Agonics Insight – Getting Actionable Information from LiDAR Data

There is little doubt that LiDAR is playing an increasingly important role in day-to-day rail maintenance and planning. In Australia we see a strong desire amongst our rail clients to leverage LiDAR more in their business, but LiDAR datasets alone are only part of the story. We asked Agonics Technical Director, David Presley, what…

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Platform Coping
July 2021

Amazing Structures being mapped by our team

We’ve been very busy of late helping our rail customers manage engineering compliance for their infrastructure assets. Occasionally we get to witness some of the amazing work of our forebears.

Here are a few photos of some beautiful engineering structures in Victoria. If you need assistance with meeting PASS Assets requirements, please contact our expert team.

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PASS Compliance

Agonics and ARTC complete Australia’s Longest Digital Twin

requiring close collaboration among the project stakeholders. The datasets collected will go to meet the immediate and evolving requirements of ARTC projects and support the development of an ARTC GIS Model, Linear Referencing System as well as the deployment of Ellipse Mobility eWorks.

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Agonics Rail Digital Twin