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01 January 2005

Track targets

Advancing professionalism and knowledge in permanent way engineering – that’s what our innovative track assessment program TARQUIN has been singled out for following its success on the UK’s strategic West Coast Route Modernisation.

TARQUIN – track and ride quality investigation – has been award-ed the UK Permanent Way Institution President’s First Award, which demonstrates the growing recognition of the program’s capability. On-site findings on the West Coast Route Modernisation project show that TARQUIN predictions have been accurate 95% to 100% of the time.

A common set-back faced in attempting to identify scopes for track renewal – particularly over long lengths and whole routes – is the quantity and reliability of data required to complete a design or make an engineering judgement. Compounding the problem are the constraints of the railway environment and the associated track access restrictions in order to obtain and record the data. “TARQUIN addresses these problems by optimising the investigation and design process at the outset,” explains David Brooks who has been leading program development. “This helps reduce the time staff are required on site as well as the cost and time specifying essential track renewal and formation work.”
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