Metro Trains Melbourne

Multiteam geospatial enablement


Metro Trains is Melbourne’s metropolitan rail service operating across 15 lines, 222 stations and transporting around 450,000 commuters daily.
In 2018, Metro Trains engaged NGIS to perform a strategic review of their current capabilities in geospatial information systems (GIS) and building information modelling (BIM) with a view to producing a roadmap for their future development. 
A key driver for Metro Trains and the aim of the strategic review was to stay at the forefront of technology change and to ensure alignment with current and future government and industry policies, particularly in Digital Engineering.
Digital Engineering has been a key focus area for the Victorian Government given the potential to minimise costs associated with the design, building, operating and maintenance of public infrastructure rail networks.

Identifying digital requirements

Metro Trains identified that parts of the organisation were using unsupported mapping technologies with the potential to introduce road blocks and reduce operational efficiency.

With a range of highly skilled teams using non-corporate mapping platforms, there was a perceived risk that teams may be using replicated, conflicted or fragmented datasets.
NGIS conducted a review for Metro Trains and provided recommendations to achieve a centralised GIS, BIM and ERP platform that can be managed within one corporate environment.
NGIS used the review to build a roadmap that focused on an improved GIS capability within Metro Trains, in support of their asset management systems in the future.

A centralised approach

Through gathering user requirements and assessing the tools available within the market, NGIS created a broad implementation roadmap based on gaps in Metro Train’s existing capabilities and the maturity of their existing GIS toolset. 
NGIS worked together with Metro Trains by engaging with several user groups and gaining management support to confirm an approach using appropriate information communication strategies.
Each step in the strategy focused on important data governance and industry policies around accessibility, standards and the integration of new technologies.
NGIS aimed to promote the GIS and BIM capability within Metro Trains Melbourne and provide a pragmatic roadmap for future development during the strategic review
Oliver Looker, NGIS

Paving the way for a unified GIS system

Metro Trains are increasing their capacity to address issues and to support decision making using a geospatial context that may not have been available previously.

A unified GIS, BIM and ERP platform will provide different business units across the company with access to centralised data using readily available tools to support their everyday activities.