About us
Agonics helps rail networks unlock their digital future.

The digitization of assets and asset condition is key in enabling investments in enterprise asset information (EAM) systems, train control systems and in new conditioning monitoring technologies.

At Agonics we see digitization efforts at rail agencies play an increasingly important role in meeting fundamental compliance obligations and in driving efficiencies in maintenance, planning and operations.

Agonics is a highly experienced team of professionals who have individually serviced rail agencies across the globe for many decades in both client and supplier roles. Agonics was formed in Australia by a team of expert surveyors and engineers with deep domain knowledge of the rail and power sectors. Our purpose is to empower our clients with data and tools that make it easier for them to meet their compliance needs.

Services

The Agonics portfolio of offerings includes:

Digital Asset Inventories for EAM

»  Consulting services on whole of network asset digitisation
»  Data dictionary creation
»  Mapping / data collection and processing services
»  Population of asset inventories
»  Integration with EAM
»  Periodical inventory update services

»  Case Studies

LiDAR and Imagery for Engineering Compliance

»  Proof of concept studies and assessments
»  Customised reporting to meet statutory compliance requirements
»  Mapping / data collection and processing services
»  Integration with existing maintenance and engineering practises

»  Case Studies

Clearances services and systems

»  Rolling stock kinematic clearance studies
»  Structure gauge clearance studies
»  Platform gap studies
»  New infrastructure placement studies
»  Clearance measurement system and software supply

»  Case Studies

Baseline Track Surveys and Datasets for ETCS Projects

»  Mapping and processing services for PTC, ATP and CBTC initiatives
»  Preparation of curve and grade datasets for train control software
»  Feature extraction services
»  Dataset maintenance services

»  Case Studies

EACR Compliance

» Consulting services
» Preparation of Ellipse Asset Change Requests
» Coordination of EACR submissions and approvals
» Data validation and quality assurance

» Case Studies

Virtual Track Inspection systems

» Proof of concept studies and assessments
» Field system build and integration with recording platform
» Supply of office based inspection software
» Training and ongoing support

» Case Studies

The team

We listen. We understand infrastructure networks. We deliver quality data.

We are a passionate and experienced team that delivers value.

Finbar Holland

Director

A professional engineer with over 25 years in the rail industry. Finbar has worked both on the client side and as service provider to rail agencies in Australia, North America and Europe. Finbar helps agencies bring technology, people and processes together to modernise traditional approaches to engineering compliance and is a regular contributor and speaker at rail industry events, focusing on the North American market.

David Presley

Director

A professional surveyor for over 25 years in the rail and power industry, David helps rail and power clients in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America leverage the use of automated measurement sensors including imagery & LiDAR to meet their engineering compliance needs and improve operations, planning and maintenance. Dave is a regular contributor and speaker at rail industry events both in Australia and overseas.

Mark Wrighton

Technical Specialist

With a background in meteorological, oceanographic and spatial sciences, Mark has over 6 years’ experience in the collection, processing, analysis and delivery of complex spatial data on railway networks. Comfortable working across large freight networks and in challenging subway environments, Mark has been integral to the success of many our most challenging rail network mapping projects. His specialities include LiDAR and imagery data collection, data QA and processing.

Matt Mc Cann

Technical Specialist

An experienced surveyor, Matt specialises in the collection, processing, analysis and delivery of complex spatial data. Equally at home on railway and utility networks, Matt has been instrumental in the successful delivery of mapping projects across some of Australia’s largest power networks as well as on rail networks both in Australia and in the United States.

Mark Merida

Technical Manager

A professional surveyor with extensive experience in field data collection and processing in the rail and power industry, Mark works closely with clients to guide them through large scale data collection projects to ensure their requirements continue to be met throughout the project lifecycle. Mark’s experience in leading teams and in the appropriate application of technology when solving client problems ensures that project risks are understood and managed effectively and deliverables are not compromised.

Past and current projects
We are currently capturing, processing and optimising track, asset and corridor compliance data for network projects globally. We work with partners across industry supporting projects large and small. Information on past and current projects that our team members have worked on can be read here:
Melbourne, Australia

Agonics has delivered a comprehensive asset inventory update on V/Line’s passenger and freight networks; a total of 3,200 km of track within a short, 4-month period from project mobilisation to the delivery of a track asset geodatabase with digital centrelines, kilometrage values and associated 3D imagery. Additional deliverables included a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and point cloud data. The project also matched the new asset data with existing EAM data so that important legacy datasets could be qualified and preserved.

Adelaide, Australia

Agonics has delivered a comprehensive asset inventory to ARTC across 7,000 km of track using LiDAR and 3D imagery data collected at speed on the interstate network. Deliverables included an asset geodatabase, track centrelines, a Digital Elevation Model (DEM), digital imagery and point cloud data as well as a corridor incursion report to assess any incursions into the clearance envelope. The project also matched the new asset data with existing EAM data so that important legacy datasets could be validated and retained with increased quality.

Melbourne, Australia

Agonics is providing specialist services to Lend Lease and Coleman Rail under the Ballarat Line Upgrade consortium with Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) including in field data collection and the preparation of comprehensive asset inventories for new track, signalling and station assets. Locations surveyed include the new Maddingley Stabling and Maintenance Facility as well as new sections of duplicated track and new stations including Rockbank.

Vancouver, Canada

The Agonics team has assisted Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to define an approach to collect asset information across sections of the CP freight network in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a precursor for a larger network wide data collection exercise.

San Francisco, United States

Finbar was instrumental in delivering the initial data collection survey across the 200 track-mile Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) network, producing a digital asset inventory to an agreed specification.

Melbourne, Australia

David was instrumental in establishing and executing an innovative approach to collect detailed asset information in digital format across an entire rail network to create the State of Victoria’s first PASS Assets asset inventory.

Adelaide, Australia

Agonics has delivered comprehensive corridor incursion reports on the interstate freight network in order to assess any incursions into the ARTC clearance envelope.

Melbourne, Australia

On behalf of the Department of Transport Agonics carried out a comprehensive platform height and offset study across standard gauge platforms.

Sydney, Australia

Agonics performed a whole of network LiDAR and 3D imagery survey across the Sydney Trains network on behalf of Mondo Power and Sydney Trains using the timetabled Mechanised Track Patrol (MTP) vehicle. Activities included data collection, data processing and LiDAR dataset preparation to support engineering compliance processes at Sydney Trains.

Brisbane, Australia

Agonics performed a whole of network LiDAR and 3D imagery survey across the Queensland Rail Regional network as well as the South East Queensland (SEQ) network on behalf of Mondo Power and Queensland Rail. The survey was performed utilising a range of vehicle platforms including a hyrail and a heritage train (within SEQ). Activities included data collection, data processing, and LiDAR dataset preparation for delivery to Queensland Rail.

Melbourne, Australia

Agonics performed a kinematic envelope clearance assessment through 240 corridor km of the Victorian Rail Network based on a network wide LiDAR survey as part of the New Rollingstock Program.

Brisbane, Australia

Agonics performed a complex kinematic clearance investigation across 650 km of Queensland track to assess over-dimensional load transports. The investigation was carried out using the Agonics XERRA LiDAR processing software on LiDAR data that had been previously collected on the network.

Toronto, Canada

Mark led an extensive mobile LiDAR and imagery survey across the Toronto subway network, delivering a network wide kinematic clearance analysis to support an Automatic Train Control (ATC) project.

San Francisco, United States

Finbar and Mark assisted BART with a kinematic clearance analysis for the BART New Train Car project to assess tight locations across the network so any remedial action could be taken.

Sydney, Australia

Agonics team members were involved in a detailed analysis of mobile LiDAR data to optimise the design placement of a new ‘leaky feeder’ cable throughout the City Circle and North Shore tunnels.

Wellington, New Zealand

In Wellington, David led an investigation on 21 platforms to check passenger gap compliance for new Rotem Misui trains by post-processing mobile LiDAR data previously recorded on the network.

Wellington, New Zealand

David led an investigation on the Johnsonville Line tunnels to assess kinematic clearances for new trains proposed under the Wellington Regional Train Programme (WRRP) by post processing LiDAR previously recorded on the network.

Auckland, New Zealand

In Auckland, David assisted Project DART – Developing Auckland’s Rail Transport – investigate the impact on existing overbridges of a planned electrification project through the collection, processing and analysis of mobile LiDAR data.

Brisbane, Australia

Agonics team members have led the collection and processing of mobile LiDAR and imagery in order to map assets and deliver derived digital products in support of an ETCS (European Train Control System) implementation.

Melbourne, Australia

The Agonics team is currently providing services to various stakeholder firms involved with Level Crossing Removal Projects (LXRP) in Melbourne ensuring that Ellipse Asset Change Requests (EACR) documentation is completed and filed correctly for approval with Public Transport Victoria (PTV).

Agonics is assisting Southern Programme Alliance (SPA) in meeting its asset data reporting obligations to the LXRP and MTM’s infrastructure teams. With strict timelines for submission of EACRs to the works planning and occupations approval teams, Agonics surveyors are ensuring that accurate “for construction” and then “as constructed” data can be loaded into the MTM Ellipse Asset Management System.

Agonics has delivered a comprehensive asset inventory update across the new High Capacity Metro Train (HCMT) stabling and maintenance facility at Pakenham on behalf of Evolution Rail and stakeholders Public Transport Victoria (PTV), Downer and Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM). Measuring 1.7km in length and spread over 118 hectares, the facility contains a significant amount of new infrastructure including ten stabling roads and six maintenance roads.

Melbourne, Australia

The Agonics team offers comprehensive services to the Victorian rail industry to ensure compliance with the State of Victoria’s PASS Assets obligations. Our services include consulting on PASS requirements, field data collection and preparation of datasets for upload to PASS Assets. Our project experience is extensive and we work with the major Victorian networks as well as with engineering contractors undertaking projects inside the rail corridor.

Sydney, Australia

In what was considered a world first project, Finbar led the initial testing and implementation of a Mechanised Track Patrol (MTP) virtual track inspection system to replace track patrols on foot on the Sydney Metropolitan rail network.

David provided technical and business support for MTP operations at Sydney Trains over several years overseeing technology upgrades and their implementation into the ‘live’ rail environment.

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