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Overview

RaIL-AiD Demo is the first RaIL-AiD bundle that has been created.

It consists of a series of plugins that use the static and dynamic data exchanged with the Core to:

  • Customize the symbols’ library according to the specific market
  • Import a target background image to create complex designs from just a sketch
  • View and compute all possible routes in the layout
  • View the railML® topology infrastructure underlying the created layout
  • Export the railway layout and data details in railML® format

RaIL-AiD Demo will be renamed railML® Adaptation with the release of the version 1.0.0 of the Core.

PLUGINS OVERVIEW

Custom symbols palette

RaIL-AiD features a plugin which allows to completely customize the AG symbols library to meet the specific user needs.

All the information regarding the library objects (including the set of all the attributes with their value range and the object graphical layout) are stored into a configuration file which can be easily edited.

The configuration file includes the definition of the different objects attributes and graphical layout, and specifies the range of validity for each defined attribute’s object.

Background Image Import

RaIL-AiD allows the import of a background image (*.jpg, *.png) for the user to draw over an existing layout. This can be very useful when the project engineer has to “recreate” an existing layout copying from a pdf or from an image.

The image can be moved and scaled (isotropically and anisotropically) to meet the user’s needs. It is possible load and unload the background at any time

Route Finder

The “Route Finder” plugin allows the user to immediately identify and view all the routes of a given track plan.

A route is defined as a track path between two consecutive bidirectional flags, or mono directional flags oriented in the proper way.

If the “Route Finder” is selected, a new window listing all the possible routes will appear in the screen and, by scrolling and selecting the routes list, it is possible to visualize all the route paths of a given track plan.

RailML® Topology Viewer

The railML® “Topology Viewer” plugin allows the user to view the mapping between the railway entities and tracks of the given layout and the corresponding railML® representation (v. 3.1rc beta2) of the related <infrastructure> XML Schema.

This is very useful to have a visual representation of the railML® <netElements> and <netRelations> that constitute  the layout and that are exported in the final XML.

RailML® Exporter

The railML® Exporter plugin allows RaIL-AiD to export the track-plan in railML® format.

The RailMl Exporter plugin manages both the railML® <infrastructure> and the <interlocking> schema, saving the exported data in  version railML® 3.1 beta2.

In particular, the RailMl Exporter plugin allows:

  • Automatic Infrastructure export (netElements/netRelation at a microscopic level)
  • Automatic valorization, orientation and export of <FunctionalInfrastructure> elements
  • Automatic Interlocking export consistent with the underlying Infrastructure Schema
  • Automatic valorization, orientation and export of tracks and signalling components
  • Routes recognition and export