American Railway Development Association

The Benefits of Advanced Survey Methods on the Railroad

Technology Section

By Erik Henderson
T echnical Director - Enterprise GIS & Field Services CSX Technology 

Vice Chair - ARDA Technology Section

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"Don't do anything that interrupts the flow of train traffic!" That's the guidance I was given several years ago when we were sorting out the complexities of Positive Train Control (PTC) regulations. We had to figure out how we were going to survey the entire railroad to a level of accuracy never before acquired. When we were done, we then had to process that into a newly created industry data model and field validate that every asset we just collected was represented correctly. Then we're done? Nope, every change ever made on the railroad from that day forward had to be sent right through the same process, but this time it has to be done and loaded on the next train that rolls by! Oh, and remember that opening line, don't do anything that interrupts the flow of train traffic. It was time to think outside the box.

Registration is Open: 2019 Executive Forum!

For 2019, ARDA will be focusing our effort and events around the theme of "Let's Grow Together." The Executive Forum will take place from Januray 21-23, 2019 at the Embassy Suites, St. Augustine, Florida. The Embassy Suites St. Augustine is a brand new hotel property located directly on the St. Augustine Beach.

Registration for the 2019 Executive Forum is open. CLICK HERE to register now and be sure to sure to renew your membership to take advantage of our members only registration pricing.

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We will have a room block at the Embassy Suites, St. Augustine Florida. You can reserve your room in the ARDA room block by   clicking here.

There are very limited number of flights into the St. Augustine Airport. We encourage attendees to fly through Jacksonville and take advantage of the ride-sharing feature of our conference app. Information on how to use the conference app will distributed directly to confrence attendees. 

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Sponsorship renewals are currently open. Thank you those who have already renewed for 2019!

2019 ARDA Sponsors

Canadian National
Norfolk Southern

Kansas City Southern
LJA Rail

Canadian Pacific Railway
GEI Consultants
geoMobiliti, Inc.
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway

Daley Mohan Groble
VAA Engineering

Looking forward to our 2018-19 membership year - ARDA offers companies the opportunity to sponsor the association on an annual basis, or by specific events at our Annual Meeting and Executive Forum. Multiple levels of Annual Sponsorship are available for your consideration. Corporate commitments greater than $1,000 also include complimentary individual memberships to ARDA.

If you have any questions or would like to sponsor ARDA in 2019 please contact Will Resch at or 202-715-1259 .

Annual ARDA Sponsorships
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2018-19 ARDA Board of Directors

President: Mark Holder, HDR, INC.
First Vice President: Doug Morrison, Bartlett & West, Inc.
Second Vice President: Mike Ray, BNSF Railway Company
Treasurer: Devin Sprinkle, CN
Secretary: Matt Cangiolosi, CSX Transportation, Inc.
Past President: Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants, Inc.

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The  American Railway Development Association  (ARDA) is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology, and Environmental Activities of the North American Railroads. 
The objectives of the Association are to foster the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North  American railroads; and through the advancement of ideas and education of its members, further promote the effectiveness of railway development and related work .
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