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UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (UAS) RAIL TRACK INSPECTIONS - BVLOS

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (UAS) RAIL TRACK INSPECTIONS - BVLOS

One of Australia’s leading Rail Asset Owners in has contracted Nova Systems to explore autonomous rail track inspections utilising Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

Nova Systems has developed a program of work to progressively explore and integrate UAS based inspection technology into the rail asset owner’s operations, commencing with a feasibility study and leading to technology trials. The main purpose of the study is to investigate how UAS technology can be most effectively deployed to;

  • Operate reliably within Australian rail infrastructure context and environmental conditions.
  • Augment existing inspection techniques;
  • collect higher quality inspection data to monitor infrastructure condition, enable better condition prediction, timely rectification and minimise failures/track outages;
  • provide opportunities to enhance safety of railway operations; and,
  • reduce remote worker’s exposure to hazards.

The study will also investigate feasibility of BVLOS operations within the civil aviation regulatory framework and prospects for change applicable to routine autonomous UAS operations within regional and urban environments.

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Key People

Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water and utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager within Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Jim Kira

Program Manager - Transport

Jim is responsible for strategic direction and growth of Nova’s Transport Program encompassing rail, ...

Jim is responsible for strategic direction and growth of Nova’s Transport Program encompassing rail, ferries, ports, automotive and autonomous vehicles. Jim’s background includes aerospace engineering, systems engineering and project management in Defence and senior commercial and operations management experience in the Finance and Renewables industries in Australia, the U.K. and Europe.

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Iain MacDonald

Transport Business Development Lead

Reporting to the GM-Integrated Solutions, Iain is responsible for Building relationships with industry and government within the Transport Sector,...

Reporting to the GM-Integrated Solutions, Iain is responsible for Building relationships with industry and government within the Transport Sector, whilst supporting the development of Nova’s capability to meet the
changing demands and requirements of the industry.  Iain is a Senior Systems Engineer and Safety Assurance Manager, having worked across the UK and Europe, USA, the Middle East and Australia.  Iain has over 25 years in
Nuclear, Vehicle Test, Defence – Land and Air, Air Traffic Control and Transport

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