PANDOSCOPE Implementation Partner Training – STATS and 4DG – Rail Applications

Aug 4, 2020 | Insitutek, Rail Formation & Ballast Condition Assessment, Soil & Site Investigation

Insitu Test recently completed PANDOSCOPE® training for our WA Implementation Partners, STATS Australia and 4DGeotechnics. 

The PANDOSCOPE® is a coupling of the PANDA® Instrumented Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) (tip resistance vs depth profile) and Geoendoscopy (down the hole imagery).  

For rail applications, the PANDOSCOPE® is used as a non-destructive rail track ballast and formation condition assessment method when planning track maintenance and renewal. The PANDOSCOPE® measures geotechnical aspects of the track bed and can provide the following outcomes: 

  • Layer characterisation for ballast and formation (identification, thickness, water content (qualitative), estimation of the soil grain size distribution and ballast condition (ballast fouling) assessment) 
  • Mechanical information: cone resistance (direct measurement) or CBR or other parameters with correlations 

The PANDOSCOPE® data helps asset owners optimise the track maintenance and track renewal strategy. Sometimes, PANDOSCOPE® testing is combined with network Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data to provide more information in problem areas. The PANDOSCOPE® also provides engineering services with reliable geotechnical data for track design purposes. The knowledge of mechanical and physical properties of existing formation (subgrade and sub ballast layers) is very important for the future track design. The PANDOSCOPE® overcomes the limitations of the majority of classical geotechnical tests (drilling rigs, pot holing).

To facilitate the training, we flew in Younes Haddani, the Head of Innovation Projects & International at Sol Solution. For more than 15 years, Younes ran the Sol Solution PANDOSCOPE Implementation team with experience from PANDOSCOPE studies in France (SNCF), Belgium, USA, Canada, Singapore and Australia.

STATS Australia is a specialist in testing and technical services, providing specific tailored and economical engineering solutions to various engineering problems that support their clients designs and construction tasks.  

4DGeotechnics are consultants in engineering geology, geomorphology and geotechnical engineering. Specialising in locating, describing, measuring and understanding geo materials and masses, current ground surface morphology and the processes that have acted or are currently acting upon a site to affect its historic and present form.  

If you would like to know more on the PANDOSCOPE® please visit our website: 

Our Plate Load equipment is getting a lot of use. We’re very happy with it. 🙂

Mary Flux

Director & Engineering Geologist, WANT Geotechnics

We have found the PANDA to be an invaluable acquisition to our company, using it on projects ranging from Remote Community Housing in Central Australia to a NASA Rocket Launch Facility in Arnhem Land, NT.

Stephen Flux

Director / Principal Geotechnical Engineer - WANT Geotechnics

We are using the PANDITO DCP for Level 1 site supervision, it’s very portable and we find it handy for flying into sites.

Stephen Flux

Principal Geotechnical Engineer at WANT Geotechnics

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