Mapping of BNSF Railroad Tracks to be Modernized
Associated Press - Fri 08:28 PM 01/04/2013
Topeka's Bartlett & West will convert the maps of BNSF Railway Co. track into a geographic information system.
Employees of a Topeka company will be working for the next year to convert 32,000 miles of railroad maps from outdated paper documents into a modern online computer system.
Topeka's Bartlett & West will use 100 temporary employees to convert the maps of BNSF Railway Co. track and the railroad's land possessions into a geographic information system.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports railroads are often hampered by having to update maps by hand. Some of the maps date to the 1800s.
The GIS system will create interactive maps that can be used to get directions or look up information about a particular property.
Bartlett & West says the temporary employees will work two shifts in an effort to complete the project in a year.
(Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)