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Luis Fernandez

25 November 2013, 6:37pm

I am a new member of the PWI and I just wanted to say hello to all of you.

Best regards,

Luis Fernandez


Nicholas Simon Blenkarn

02 January 2014, 1:44pm

Looks like the PWI has a fresh outlook for 2014 - looks very smart.

I will spread the word to try and get some of our contacts in the Rail Industry onto here...


Nick Blenkarn

Director, Severn Partnership  Partner, SEEABLE LLP

Chartered Geomatics Surveyors / Railway Surveyors / 3D & BIM for Infrastructure

Jose Galvez

08 January 2014, 8:45am


Finally got my log in details sorted.  Hello to everybody, and a quick enquiry: does anyone know what is the best way to convert point cloud data into a workable model that can be used within CAD?


Jose Galvez

Principal Permanent Way Engineer - Jacobs

James Bailey

15 January 2014, 12:59pm


Certainly in Microstation V8i there is a way - Tools > Point Cloud > Attach. It will prompt you to select the required .pod files. I've used it recently for the reopening of a disused railway tunnel in Devon. You can rotate around and interrogate it in Microstation. 

You can use another Bentley product, "Pointools" which allows you to determine a clash between the point cloud data and, say, the passing of a railway vehicle. (I've not experimented that far yet)


James Bailey

Permanent-way design Engineer, Jacobs.

Vivek Vilay

25 January 2014, 4:20pm


This is my first visit to the new website and forum. Can I say that it looks very professional and easy to use.

I joined the PWI in 2008/2009 during my time at University on the Railway Foundation Degree.

I worked in my first job in the industry as a project management assistant, working to support projects on train borne permanent way visual inspection.

I now currently work as part of a permanent way technical department, focused on the Cumbrian Coast Line.

Best Regards

Vivek Vilay

Dennis Yurlov

30 May 2014, 10:23am

Hello to all,

Best wishes,

Dennis Yurlov

Stephen Griffiths

10 November 2015, 3:01pm

Hi everybody

Stephen Griffiths

Edward Saunders

18 November 2015, 8:24am

How do you do everyone.

My name is Edd Saunders. There may be a few people here who know me. In spite of 26 years in the industry, I have only just got around to joining the PWI.

Alan Phillips

16 October 2016, 6:34pm

Hi everybody, I have just started a diploma in rail engineering, attended a PWI seminar and so joined!! I am also looking for advice is there anywhere I can obtain copies of the TWI standards or the Rail Failure Handbook RT/CE/S/057?? My tutor has given me a few TWIs but would really like to get hold of the handbook for further reading. Thanks - Alan

Arunkumar Mohandas

31 October 2016, 1:50pm

hi friend,

i  joined as new member for PWI...Looking for lot of knowledge sharing with you guys...



Colin Thompson (Guest)

31 October 2016, 1:53pm

From that website beginning with 'A', two years ago I acquired a copy of the book I used a lot in the days "when I were a lad" in the Area Assistant's office on the edge of Tees Yard. This cost £50, bought more for nostalgia than anything else (but how incredible still to be on sale?). Many of the shots were later used in Standards - including the one you mention. The photographs referred to for the classification of rail failures appear not to be of the same very glossy standard as I recall. However, I could make "fair copy" of the publication and dispatch by 'snail-mail' if that suits?

Best wishes,


colin thompson (Guest)

31 October 2016, 2:51pm

(Continued) Actually, Alan (Phillips), I have copies of both the later Line Specification RT/CE/S/057 and the smaller and reassuringly heavier BR36803 2nd edition 1960 British Transport Commission B.R. C.E. Department "Handbook No.1 RAIL FAILURES Description, Classification and Reporting". It's roughly A5-size loose-leafed pages with a thick wear-resistant card cover.

The standard of reproduction in the BR handbook is of course significantly sharper than in -/057.


Alan Phillips

12 November 2016, 3:16pm

that would be brilliant if possible and ok?

colin thompson (Guest)

14 November 2016, 11:56am

Most certainly; can you possibly supply an e-mail or forwarding address Alan? Colin

Samuel Sackey (Guest)

27 November 2016, 8:35pm

can someone give me information on ''challenge in grinding in deep tube'' please. thanks in advance. 

Lee Paul

02 February 2017, 10:41am


i recently joined the PWI in the hope of gaining some valuable knowledge for my dissertation into why Railway Voiding continues to be an issue on the infrastructure. Can anyone point me in the right direction of members who would be willing to add any of there experiences/knowledge. 

also if anybody knows of any Reports or research into this i would be extremeley grateful.



Om Prakash Singh (Guest)

27 May 2017, 9:55pm

I am rail alignment design engineer working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on MRT Project. I recently rejoined the group. I would love to see important discussion here on rail alignment by P way Engineer.


Om Prakash Singh

Andrew Robson

21 July 2017, 4:26am

Hi All,

If I may introduce myself, my name is Andrew Robson and I am the Field Asset Engineer for KiwiRail’s Main North Line in New Zealand.

I joined the PWI back in December, and have been a little remiss in saying hello, mainly due to a wee earthquake that we had over here in New Zealand. The Main North Line sustained damage to a length of track approximately 190km long. This ranged from dips and buckles to requiring the replacement of whole bridges (we won’t mention the tunnels).

Now that phase one (having a physical asset upon which trains can run from Picton to Christchurch) is nearing completion I hope to have a little more time on my hands to start making a contribution and asking questions.

The first being; has anyone gained any experience in the life cycle analysis, especially in accelerated deterioration testing of composite sleepers.  The article in the last journal was interesting, but only from one standpoint.



Syed Abdul Raheem (Guest)

08 October 2017, 7:20pm

Hi All,

Juz to introduce myself my name is Syed Abdul Raheem working as Track construction engineer in Doha Metro.



Alison Stansfield

23 October 2017, 10:05am

Welcome to the PWI Luiz. Why don't you take some time to have a look around the website. We have a lot of information in our Technical Hub. You can also download past copies of our quarterly Journal. Have a look at My CPD. This is where you can maintain your CPD records on-linwe. If you have any questions please donot hesitate to contact me.

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