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Joint RTSA and IRSE Presentations “Virtual Rail Infrastructure Inspection using Unmanned Automated Vehicle (UAV)” and “How Innovation is Improving Level Crossing Safety at Lower Cost”

September 19, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+10

Our September function is a joint meeting between RTSA and IRSE

RTSA Presentation: Virtual Rail Infrastructure Inspection using Unmanned Automated Vehicle (UAV)

Dr Paul Reichl is the team leader for Imaging, Visualisation & Passenger Systems at the Institute of Railway Technology, a world-renowned railway applied research centre. He has a PhD in Fluid Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering) and a first class honours degree in Applied Mathematics both from Monash University. He is a coinventor on 26 issued patents and his research interests include data analysis, visualization, machine learning, imaging, the Internet of Things (IoT), UAS and emerging technologies.

Calvin Vong is a PhD student at Monash University and a researcher with the Institute of Railway Technology. He has a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering degree from Monash and his current research focuses on the control and aerodynamic analysis of quadcopter flying in confined spaces, specifically tunnel-like environment. He is a robotics enthusiast with research interests in localisation, control algorithms and UAV.

Monash University and its Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) has been developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to assist with the railway infrastructure inspection in remote areas and in confined areas such as tunnels and culverts.

With the assistance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), the UAV can remotely fly to a specific location, follow the rail and inspect the target area. The UAV is also capable of landing on the rail and capturing images while travelling on the track. The acquired images can be used for reconstruction of the three-dimensional view of the infrastructure using the Multi-View Stereo (MVS) algorithm.

The UAV can also traverse through confined spaces such as tunnels and culverts in a semi-autonomous nature. Using on-board Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanner, the UAV is able to measure the cross-sectional shape of the tunnel or culvert in real time.

These systems are expected to reduce the heavy reliance on manual inspection and facilitate the transition to a safer, more economical and flexible inspection regime.

IRSE Presentation: How Innovation is Improving Level Crossing Safety at Lower Cost

Gary Foster is an Electronics/Electrical Engineer with an extensive background in Research, Development and Product commercialisation. He has over 30 years’ experience in delivering innovative high-tech solutions, with an emphasis on advanced communications, software, systems engineering and mechatronics.

As Chief Technology Officer of Rail Safety Systems, Gary is leading the development and commercialisation of an innovative new approach to the active protection of level crossings, particularly in rural and remote areas. By combining existing and new technologies, Gary is responsible for and delivering flexible, low cost, intelligent solutions that don’t compromise safety, reliability, availability or maintainability.


19 / 09 / 2018 – 04:30pm for 05:00pm start

Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Note: Public access is via sign in from the foyer. Please allow sufficient time so as not to be late.

Railway Technical Society of Australasia and Institute of Railway Signal Engineers Australasia

RTSA members and non-members welcome


Venue: RPV

Business Card Draw: WSP

Refreshments: RTSA

Maximum CPD Hours


September 19, 2018
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Railway Technical Society of Australasia
1300 653 113