D/Gauge launch Dynamic Vehicle Modelling
D/Gauge, the UK specialists in gauging and clearance assessment, have expanded their services to include dynamic vehicle modelling. According to the Derby-based engineers, the new offering will provide greater benefits to vehicle owners, manufacturers, operators and network managers.
Much more than just making sure rolling stock will fit the tracks, D/Gauge have taken the art and made it into a science. The refinement of a vehicle model and dynamic modelling of the design provides deeper insight and greater assurances into the accuracy of clearance outputs.
Peppered with legacy installations
A complicated catalogue of idiosyncratic designs has been a feature of the UK network for decades. A variety of stock and modified rolling stock models in use, and the UK network is peppered with legacy installations dating back over a century and a half. Having access to up-to-date modelling will improve project outcomes. In other words, no bridge bashing – at least from the rail side of operations.
“Dynamic vehicle modelling is a great opportunity for the rolling stock community to investigate the detail of our fleets”, said Ryan Wareing, the D/Gauge Rolling Stock Lead. “Using up-to-date vehicle models has been proven to provide more confidence in project outcomes and analysis. The use of historic techniques meant that vehicles were overly conservative and with these newer techniques we don’t have to add conservative calculations in to cover unknowns, because we can do things correctly. This will impact results positively and benefit the whole industry.”
Accurate vehicle dynamics
Sourcing dynamic vehicle modelling services and gauging consultancy from one provider can speed up project timelines, says D/Gauge. They want to maximise efficiency and capitalise on their acquired extensive vehicle knowledge.
The technique utilises detailed bogie and vehicle data to ascertain accurate vehicle dynamics. These dynamics are used to assess safety, clearance, and risk implications. This service will greatly help with railway project needs according to D/Gauge.
Encourage better collaboration
The Midlands company have acquired a roster of over 150 customers across the UK and internationally. That keeps their team of just over twenty-five engineers and developers busy at home and abroad.Last year, they launched ‘RIFT’ a structure profiling tool.
For this project they have collaborated with Canadian company SNC-Lavalin. The Montreal-headquartered enterprise is better known for their construction services the mining, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.
Using software provided by the Canadians as a basis for operations, D/Gauge have already deployed the dynamic vehicle modelling to customers. The company say that this service will encourage better collaboration within railway projects and aid clearance outcomes.