Assessing suitability of drones for heavy haul track inspection

This research tested the feasibility of using drones to conduct aerial track inspections and maintenance activities in lieu of track inspectors’ inside track danger zones or the involvement of on track vehicles.

Consideration was given to operations in harsh environments like the Pilbara region.

Next steps now under working group evaluation including broader track inspection capabilities and a best fit for purpose study comparing locomotive vs drone vs other mounted inspection options and applications.