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Ore car laser scanner

West, Graham (2008) Ore car laser scanner. Internship Report, Murdoch University.



This report discusses the development of a system using laser scanning technology to examine railway rolling stock. The scanner is to be used to examine ore cars after having been emptied. Principal motivation for this project is to identify ore cars containing residual ore, after being emptied or damaged cars, in order to prevent derailments. The system is based around a SICK laser scanner mounted above the rails which scans the cars as they pass underneath. Data obtained from the scan is processed by an embedded PC. This report examines laser scanners in general, discusses the calculations made by the embedded PC and discusses the implementation into an existing site. The report also addresses the problematic components of the system including a suitable search tool to identify the sides of the car and communication interfaces between the various pieces of equipment.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
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