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AusRAIL 2022: Strong debut for Position Partners

Position Partners

Interest was strong in the range of rail-centric instrumentation offered by first-time AusRAIL exhibitor Position Partners.

Formed in 2008 from five state-based laser and machine control distributors, Position Partners has now grown to a team of more than 300 people, with offices in every state and territory of Australia, along with New Zealand, Indonesia, and Singapore.  

The company builds business relationships by sourcing, deploying and supporting intelligent positioning solutions to enhance its customers’ productivity. 

Position Partners market development manager Andrew Jones said while the rail aspect was a relative new sector for the company, having entered it in 2017, the array of technology it offered had been very well-received.

“We employ surveyors with experience in cadastral, engineering and mine surveying, mechanics, spatial sciences experts and more to ensure we have the know-how to source and tailor technology solutions to save on time, labour, wasted materials and re-work,” he said.

The name of the company itself is a literal definition of its expertise. 

“We help clients understand the actual position of a point; and that might be for anything from a boundary set-out of a house or a block of land, right through to components on the biggest infrastructure projects going on in Australia.” 

Position Partners is the exclusive distributor for Senceive, which manufactures rail sensor nodes designed and built for the tough demands of railway applications, providing precise, reliable structural and geotechnical data to help address the unique pressures and challenges of rail projects. 

“Last year, we deployed about 800 of these around Australia on different rail projects,” Jones said. 

“And they have become a commonly-used alternative to manual methods of having surveyors out in the rail corridor, or having some sort of optical instrumentation set-up that runs on an automated basis.”

The Senceive wireless monitoring sensors helps assess long- term trends to optimise maintenance, and detect sudden movement that could represent a safety issue. 

“Clients around the world choose Senceive solutions when they need real-time insight into long-term changes in track geometry,” Jones said. 

“We have had interest from rail operators such as Queensland Rail, Transport for NSW, and smaller consultancies.”