Amberg Technologies is pleased to announce the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has taken delivery of the first GRP Track Measurement System in North America. The system was purchased from Amberg’s North American distribution partner, the Kara Company of Countryside, IL.

Widely used throughout the rail industries of Europe, Asia and many other parts of the world, the GRP track measurement system is the most advanced technology available in its class and was recently made available in North America.

“WMATA has always been at the forefront of implementing the latest measurement technologies to improve their operations and we are very pleased to have them as the first GRP client in this region,” said Brian Daniel, Amberg’s sales and distribution manager for North America.

The GRP is a trolley-based measurement system. Combined with the powerful Amberg Rail software suite, the system is used for a wide array of applications within the freight and passenger rail industries. WMATA wanted a more efficient solution for performing as-built track geometry surveys and track clearance checking. As track access is typically limited to two hours at a time, WMATA has always looked for solutions and procedures that will increase production.

Measuring gauge, cant, horizontal and vertical alignment, features along the track and computing track clearances is very time consuming using traditional surveying methods. The GRP is the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use solution available. It provides real-time clearance checking and real-time analysis of as-built locations compared with design. The real-time capability will provide immediate answers to maintenance and construction crews on the track.

One of the largest construction projects in the Washington DC area is the $2.6bn dollar phase one portion of the 23-mile Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. For new projects such as the Dulles Metrorail and especially high-speed rail construction, accurate track alignment is a critical component for ensuring a smooth ride for passengers.

An accurate track alignment reduces wear and tear on rolling stock and ultimately reduces overall maintenance costs. WMATA will use the GRP for alignment checking and safety certification of the new Dulles Metrorail track prior to its opening.