4Tel Africa Strengthens Research Agreement with the University of Pretoria

4Tel Africa and University of Pretoria Personnel

Willem Janse van Rensburg, the Managing Director of 4Tel Africa, the local subsidiary of 4Tel Australia, attended the annual University of Pretoria Railway Research and Training Review.

The function, under the auspices of Professor Hannes Grabe, Chairs in Transnet Railway Engineering and Railway Safety, was opened by Prof Wynand Steyn, Head of Department (HOD) of the Department of Civil Engineering who gave an overview of the new Engineering developments at the University of Pretoria and stressed the importance of data science as an emerging field in research and the support of research projects.

Professor Steyn delivered an overview of achievements and developments in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the establishment of new research facilities, which would include a dedicated railway track section and laboratory.

An overview of the current, and future, work in the fields of railway operations and safety culminated in presentations by the current post graduate students.

The development of “Smart Pebbles”, microprocessor based computational and measurement devices that could be embedded in railway ballast to measure the real time, three-dimensional movement, of the railway bed under active load conditions, by PhD candidate Andre Broekman was of particular interest.

The function provided 4Tel Africa the opportunity to strengthen the co-operation with the Chair in Railway Engineering and, in addition to the establishment of a three year research sponsorship, Mr Willem Janse van Rensburg presented Professor Grabe with an NVIDIA TX2 development environment to bolster the computational capabilities of the Faculty of Engineering.

4Tel Africa and University of Pretoria Personnel

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4Tel is a specialist provider of turnkey control and information management solutions that improve the operational efficiency of transport operations across all transport modes, including heavy rail, light rail, ports, ferries and buses. Headquartered in Newcastle, Australia, 4Tel create bespoke solutions that integrate with customer business systems by providing accessible real-time information using a suite of 4-series trademarked products. With over 22 years’ experience, 4Tel is trusted by governments, agencies and operators to provide control and information management services across the global transport sector.

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