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Network Rail Industry Challenge: Demonstrating Satellite Enabled Capabilities for Network Rail Earthwork Monitoring


Network Rail have issued an industry challenge as detailed in the attached Challenge Statement. They are seeking to improve the understanding they have on the performance of geotechnical assets and provide early identification of increased movement and likelihood of failure. This is both holistically at the network level and tactically at the asset level (100m segment of infrastructure). The challenge is to demonstrate solutions, using satellite data, which could have alerted Network Rail to conclusive asset deterioration and serviceability loss in advance of failure at the challenge incidents locations. 


The demonstration will be to a panel selected by and involving Network Rail. Each demonstration can be made separately and in confidence to the panel. 


The opportunity is the potential to engage with Network Rail in the provision of such solutions. 

The challenge is being facilitated with Innovate UK and the Satellite Applications Catapult and satellite data is being made available via the Satellite Applications Catapult, free of charge (under terms and conditions). 


Launch Date 

The challenge opens on 10th October 2016. 


Registration Closure Date

Registration closes on Friday 28th October 2016. 


Event Day 

The demonstration event will take place on 28th November 2016 at Network Rail offices in Milton Keynes. Further details will be made available to participants nearer the time. 


Requirement of Participants: 

Each participant is asked to demonstrate solutions for at least four incident sites detailed in the Challenge Statement; these are sites 1, 2 and 5 and at least one other site from those numbered 1 to 7 in the Challenge Statement. Each participant is requested to confirm the sites for which they will demonstrate solutions at the time of downloading the data.



Register your interest here: NRchallenge@sa.catapult.org.uk

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