Stobart showcase at Rail North of the Border
Stobart Rail & Civils attended Rail North of the Border to learn more about Scotland’s 10-year rail investment strategy and to showcase some of the innovations that will help our industry deliver on these bold aspirations.
With Scotland preparing to spend several billion pounds on its infrastructure in CP6, and with the first major contracts already announced, Stobart’s reputation for completing complex schemes in the most challenging situations ensures they are poised to help deliver the best railway Scotland has ever seen.
Stobart’s Senior Project Manager in Scotland, Keith Robertson, attended the event and said “We already have an impressive portfolio of successful design and build projects in Scotland including track, structures, geotechnical and lineside infrastructure, and with the new innovations we’ve brought to Rail North of the Border we’re starting CP6 all set to deliver more safely and efficiently than ever before”.
The Stobart team setting up their stand for the exhibition attracted plenty of attention before the doors even opened – after all, who can resist boxes of Lego, remote control diggers and a train set. Low-tech perhaps, but this proved the ideal way to demonstrate the simplicity and effectiveness of two of the key innovations that Stobart’s R&D team have developed to help keep people safe.
The Stobart-I system is a compact modular unit that is quickly fitted to almost any plant item. It uses cameras that work in conjunction with reflective markers positioned along the track to delineate the site limits when working ALO. A remote screen mounted in the cab provides the operator with a continual indication of where they are in relation to the track. If the limit is approached the system provides a warning for the operator, then if the limit is reached the plant is automatically prevented from moving any further – making it impossible for any part of the plant to breach the ALO boundary. The system is fail-safe so that if the camera loses sight of the reflectors for any reason, the machine will lock out until the integrity of the markers is checked and the system re-set.
The Stobart Personnel Protection System can also be fitted to any piece of plant and it uses similar technology to Stobart-I. This time the cameras are set to provide a 360-degree view of a defined exclusion zone around the machine. This provides the operator with enhanced awareness of their working area, but even better the system detects the site team’s Hi-Viz clothing and tracks their position in relation to the exclusion zone. If anyone approaches the exclusion zone the operator receives a warning and they are highlighted on the screen. If anyone then enters the exclusion zone the system immediately shuts down the plant. The system also works with retroflective plant stickers to protect against plant clashes.
Both systems are quick to set up, they don’t rely on time-consuming installation of heavy physical barriers, and they provide plant operators with unsurpassed levels of continual in-cab feedback that ensures they have confidence that they are working safely.
Visitors to Stobart’s stand all had the opportunity to try out each of these systems in small scale and see for themselves how they provide a real step-change in plant/personnel segregation and ALO management. After a long and busy day, we’re delighted to report that our Lego site team had zero accidents or incidents – Everything is Awesome!