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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.



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