Data Management (Raildata)

Our Data Management specialists "Raildata" have been providing professional data management services to the rail industry, its suppliers and many other railway contractors since privatisation in the mid-1990s.

Raildata owns and develops the Parts And Documentation System (PADS) and its support services to meet changing industry requirements over time. PADS is a relational database holding over 650,000 component records, 450,000 drawing records and 65,000 maintenance document records with over 3,000,000 relational links. A further 75,000 component records held in PADS have been accepted by Network Rail for use on their infrastructure applications.

PADS is firmly established throughout the UK rail industry and through its web portal "PADSnet", is available to more than 150 railway companies, manufacturers and suppliers both nationwide and globally.

The understanding of the design configuration of railway-related assets is fundamental to the management of engineering change. The many links within PADS to the circa 1,500 vehicle class references provide the ability to identify specific records to the appropriate vehicles and these can be linked in a structured manner within the database.

Commercial Confidentiality is another key consideration when managing data.  Raildata's experience in co-ordinating multi-business information through strict access control regimes has been proven over many years.

Regarding version control; access to PADSnet provides the user with real-time information as to the latest versions of documentation and the controlled version available to specific parties. Notifications are provided as-and-when versions change; enabling businesses to meet all of their document control and quality system requirements.

Data packaging permits the management of data sets, which are often important for tendering exercises or contractual agreements. Through the PADS "e-library" functionality, Raildata provides and manages customised data sets, identifying any changes to the data within them, which can then be evaluated commercially prior to implementation for tender purposes or for contract variation.