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Network Rail optimizes infrastructure maintenance and investment with Fieldreach and Ellipse

Keeps services on track with accurate asset information

Business Impact Summary

In 2013, Network Rail launched a major initiative, called ORBIS, to boost the safety and efficiency of its railway infrastructure. As the first step in this program, the company sought to establish a detailed catalog of its asset base – particularly switches and crossings. 

Working with AMT-SYBEX and Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Network Rail developed a mobile solution based on Fieldreach & Ellipse, which allowed engineers to capture asset data with iPhones and iPads and synchronize it with the company’s enterprise asset management (EAM) system, Ellipse. 

The new solution provided Network Rail with an accurate record of its asset data, which allowed the company to maintain and invest in its infrastructure more efficiently.

The Challenge

Network Rail manages one of the most complex railway infrastructures in the world, and needs accurate information on tens of thousands of assets to guarantee safe and efficient service. The company wanted to move to a more proactive asset management strategy, starting with its extensive network of switches and crossings.

The Solution

Network Rail partnered with AMT-SYBEX and Hitachi ABB Power Grids to develop a mobile solution for use on ruggedized Apple iPhone and iPad devices, and to roll it out to some 3,500 users. Based on Fieldreach & Ellipse, the solution enabled field teams to capture asset data electronically and transfer it to the Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ellipse system.

The Result

  • Provides a clear picture of company assets and their condition, allowing Network Rail to make more informed decisions when it comes to maintaining the safety and availability of its infrastructure.
  • Enables the company to evolve its asset management policy towards a more sophisticated condition-based system, optimizing safety and operating performance.
  • Makes it easy to check, edit and capture relevant asset data. Users in the field have given the application a rating of 5.5 out of 7 for usability.
Network Rail partnered with AMT-SYBEX and ABB to develop a mobile solution for use on ruggedized Apple iPhone and iPad devices, and to roll it out to some 3,500 users. Based on Fieldreach and Ellipse, the solution enables field teams to capture asset data electronically and transfer it to the ABB Ellipse system.
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Main data

 

Location United Kingdom
Industry  Transportation
Solutions Used Ellipse EAM & Fieldreach for Ellipse