Passenger Transport June 2017 Vol 75 No 11 - 17

2017 RAIL CONFERENCE

San Diego MTS Leans in with LiDAR Technology
BY PAUL JABLONSKI
Chief Executive Officer
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

on-the-ground positions.
MTS hired Mandli Communications
to take the Google Street View idea
from the streets to the rails. Using a
A NEW IMAGE-ENHANCING
front-mounted camera on a trolley that
technology has been adopted by the
traveled on all three lines, the company
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System's
created a panorama of stitched images
(MTS) rail division, and the
consisting of the entire MTS
word is now spreading to other
right-of-way.
departments that are finding it
Big proponents and users
useful.
of Roadview are the MTS Track
It's called Roadview-a softand Wayside departments.
ware solution that uses laserFor example, by using GPS
guided mapping and detection
coordinates, a contractor pins
technology called LiDAR. Roada location for needed repairs,
view allows MTS to find, map
such as cutting a rail, changing
Paul Jablonski
and categorize everything along
out a rail tie or replacing insuits 54-mile right-of-way.
lated joints. Using the pinned location,
It has helped the MTS track team
the track team can see the exact spot
catalog every asset along the right-ofthrough Roadview even before stepping
way and permits the team to anticipate
on the right-of-way.
the level of work and equipment needed
And while track and wayside mainbefore going on site, allowing work to
tenance teams have found substantial
be done faster and more efficiently. It's
benefits from Roadview, other departsimilar to Google's Street View system
ments are finding ways to use it as well.
that offers users panoramic views from
For the MTS train operator training program, Roadview
provides a unique visual
element to show new students all the intricacies of
the system in a classroom
environment. The real
estate department can
determine exact conditions
at locations to analyze
right-of-entry permits. And
the planning department
uses Roadview to gather
data about the rail system
With Roadview, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System employees
can catalog track repair work and view jobs on all 106 miles of track for federal reporting.
With Roadview, MTS
before stepping foot on the right-of-way.

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