More Trains, More Services (MTMS) is an initiative of Transport for NSW designed to transform the rail network and provide customers with more reliable, high capacity services. As part of this project, Laing O’Rourke is working with KBR to upgrade stations and stabling yards on the Illawarra line to accommodate new, 10-carriage trains.
Working across nine stations spread over more than 100 kilometres - from Kingsgrove to Kiama - the team found it hard to do the noise and dust monitoring required. They also needed to better understand the actual causes of events. Many of the worksites are alongside busy highways, so there was already a lot of traffic, dust and general noise. It wasn’t clear how often events were caused by the actual site works.
The MTMS team implemented SiteHive Hexanode devices to provide real-time noise, dust and weather information, and they also measure vibration using a device from Acu-Vib Electronics. They use SiteHive cloud software to view and manage all this information, which is presented in an easy to understand dashboard. The team can see a full picture of noise, dust, weather and vibration, all in one place.
Images and audio pinpoint exactly what's happening on site
SiteHive allows the team to see what’s happening 24/7, without being onsite. As well as the core noise and dust data, SiteHive provides images and audio from exceedance events, alongside the corresponding weather information.
Having all this information at hand allows the MTMS team to pinpoint the exact cause of environmental events. SiteHive shows which events are the result of the works, and which come from traffic and other local noise.