NELS is a leading provider of custom GIS solutions for the rail industry.  Our GIS Team has extensive expertise with ESRI, Google Earth and other GIS platforms.  We develop:  custom web-based applications, custom data layers and geo-databases.  Utilizing our proprietary GIS models, we conduct rail routing analysis, route capacity analysis, network performance analysis and optimization analytics.


The growth of GIS in the rail industry is expanding rapidly and carriers of all sizes are seeing the benefits that GIS brings to the table.  Most of the Class I Carriers have formal programs, often located within the Engineering and M of W areas.  Many have GIS staff fully engaged in efforts related to PTC implementation.  NELS is focused on employing GIS to drive decision-making, improve asset utilization, and drive operational efficiency.  

We have invested in the tools, back-end software and server capabilities, data layers and technical expertise to help "jump start" GIS on smaller carriers or to augment staff on larger carriers.   


We have extensive GIS data assets covering the entire North American Rail Network that provides extensive geo-coded, empirical information under the track, on the track, adjacent to the track.  NELS GIS platform integrates and consolidates virtually any GIS data source to provide integrated views, including real-time information ranging from real-time railcar, vehicle and locomotive location to environmental and geo-political attributes of specific rail lines and routes. 


NELS GPS and GIS capabilities are vendor neutral.  We can utilize any GPS data capture device and are focused on the use of the data rather than the sale of hardware.

Our solutions operate 24 x 7 and can handle heavy volumes with ease.  A recent deployment, involved delivery of real-time data to 300+ end users, integrating data from 12 different external data sources, with integrated "on-the-fly" GIS validation and enrichment is representative of our core GIS capabilities.  


Experienced GIS Staff

Local Area Network Management

Rail Infrastructure Data Tiles