Invented by Dwight Tays, David Lilley, Brian Abbott, Canadian National Railway Co

The market for methods for inspecting rail tracks is a crucial aspect of the railway industry. With millions of people relying on trains for transportation every day, ensuring the safety and efficiency of rail tracks is of utmost importance. Various methods have been developed over the years to inspect rail tracks, and the market for these methods continues to grow. One of the most commonly used methods for inspecting rail tracks is visual inspection. This involves trained personnel visually examining the tracks for any signs of damage or wear. Visual inspection is a cost-effective method and can be conducted regularly to identify any potential issues. However, it is limited in its ability to detect hidden defects or flaws that may not be visible to the naked eye. To overcome the limitations of visual inspection, advanced technologies have been introduced in the market. One such technology is the use of ultrasonic testing. Ultrasonic testing involves the use of high-frequency sound waves to detect flaws or defects in the rail tracks. This method can identify internal flaws that may not be visible during visual inspection. Ultrasonic testing is highly accurate and provides detailed information about the condition of the tracks. It is widely used in the market and has proven to be effective in identifying potential issues before they become major problems. Another method that has gained popularity in the market is the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR). GPR uses electromagnetic waves to create images of the subsurface layers of the rail tracks. This method can detect voids, cracks, or other anomalies beneath the surface, providing valuable information about the structural integrity of the tracks. GPR is non-destructive and can be used to inspect both ballasted and non-ballasted tracks. It is particularly useful in identifying issues such as trackbed settlement or water infiltration. In addition to these advanced technologies, the market for methods for inspecting rail tracks also includes the use of automated inspection systems. These systems utilize sensors and cameras mounted on inspection vehicles to collect data about the condition of the tracks. The data is then analyzed using artificial intelligence algorithms to identify any abnormalities or potential issues. Automated inspection systems offer several advantages, including increased efficiency, reduced human error, and real-time data analysis. They can cover large sections of tracks in a short period, making them ideal for regular inspections. The market for methods for inspecting rail tracks is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. The increasing demand for safe and reliable railway transportation, coupled with advancements in technology, will drive the market growth. Rail operators and maintenance companies are investing in these methods to ensure the safety and longevity of their tracks. Additionally, governments and regulatory bodies are imposing stricter regulations on track inspections, further driving the market growth. In conclusion, the market for methods for inspecting rail tracks plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of railway transportation. Visual inspection, ultrasonic testing, ground-penetrating radar, and automated inspection systems are some of the methods used in the market. As technology continues to advance, the market is expected to witness significant growth, driven by the increasing demand for safe and reliable rail tracks.

The Canadian National Railway Co invention works as follows

The invention is a graphical interface for a computer that includes an information area to display inspection status information relating to one or more components in a linear asset network. The graphical interface includes a control element that can be operated by the user of the computer in order to display additional information about the components of the linear infrastructure.

Background for Method for inspecting rail tracks

Companies that use linear assets as part of their commercial activity are required to implement an organized process for inspecting those assets. A railway infrastructure is an example of a linear asset. The railway infrastructure consists of many miles worth of tracks that are used by trains. As part of the management process, the tracks are inspected and repaired if necessary. Track inspections are currently done manually, or using automated measuring equipment as a supplement to manual inspection. The results of these inspections are still handled manually. Supervisors and managers process the reports, which are usually paper forms filled out by inspectors after an inspection. This ensures that a proper follow-up has been performed. Follow-ups may include additional track inspections, temporary remedial measures to reduce incident risks or scheduling corrective actions.

When the railway infrastructure is large, it can be difficult to manage the inspection and follow-up process by relying largely on manual information flow systems.

There is a need for the industry to develop a more automated approach to asset management in general, and in particular, to the management of railway infrastructure, to increase the efficiency of operations.

The invention, as embodied and described in this document, provides a graphic user interface that is implemented on a PC. It includes an information area to show to the user of the PC inspection status information relating to one or more components within a linear infrastructure. Also included is a control element which the user can use to make the graphical interface display additional information about the components.

The invention, as embodied herein and described in broad terms, also provides a graphic user interface that is implemented on a personal computer. This interface includes: a) An information area for displaying condition status information to a user on the computer with respect to conditions recorded against one of more components of an asset infrastructure linear, the conditions indicative of deviations of operational requirements by the one component or components; b). A control component that can be operated by the user on the computer to cause additional information to be displayed on the one of

The invention, as embodied herein and broadly described, further provides a graphic user interface implemented on computer. This includes: a) An information area that displays to a computer user work assignment status data in connection with one of more work assignments to perform on components of an asset infrastructure. b) A control component that the user can use to make the graphic user interface display additional information about the one or two work assignments.

As described and embodied herein, the invention provides also a graphical interface that can be implemented on a PC for recording conditions of components in a linear asset network, with the graphical interface including:

a) A first input area for the user to enter information identifying the component to which a condition actual is to be recorded. The condition actual indicates a deviation from a requirement operational of the component.

The second information area displays to the user an array of input options. These options correspond to possible conditions associated with the component. This set of options allows the user select the input option that best matches the actual situation to describe it in the second input field.

The invention, as embodied herein and described in broad terms, further comprises a graphical interface implemented on a computing device to record an examination of a component within a linear asset network. This graphical interface includes:

a) a display area for displaying an identification of the part, where the part has a specific length;

b) a input area to receive information from a user indicating a length of an element on which an inspection has been performed, where the length of an element on which an inspection has been performed is less than a certain length.

c) A control component that can be operated by an operator at a computer in order to display additional information about a part of the component where the inspection has not been performed.

The invention, as embodied herein and described in broad terms, further provides an interface graphical implemented on a computing device to record a visual inspection of a component within a linear asset infrastructure. This interface graphical includes:

a) a display area for information to list a number of entries. Each entry is associated with a particular component.

b) The information display area includes an information input area that is associated with each entry, allowing the user to enter at the computer data in relation to an inspection performed on a component associated with the entry.

c) A control component that is associated with each entry, and that can be operated by the computer user to cause the graphic user interface to reorder the display so that entries that are associated with components located geographically close to one another will appear in a group within the information display area.

As described and embodied herein, an invention is also provided for a method of recording a condition with respect to a component in a linear asset network, the method comprising:

a) entering data at a computer device using a graphic user interface in order to identify the component, or a subcomponent of the element;

b) performing an analysis of the database based on the data entered by the computer device in order to produce a list of possible conditions which may affect the component

c) displaying the possible conditions to the computer user, allowing the user to choose a condition from the list that corresponds to the actual condition of a component to be recorded.

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