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18th May 2022. Volume 5, Issue 2

about 1 month ago by Rail Personnel

​Dear Readers

Both David Hyland and Varun Pershad recently participated in Panel Discussions as part of the Global Rail Conclave Rail Digi Expo and to view the Panel Discussions, please visit:

Panel Discussion on Is Indian Railway sector Human Resource ready for 2030 plan? Perspective Skill, Upskilling & Global Practices

https://youtu.be/lw4xyZ8duj0

Panel Discussion on IOT, AI & ML role in Future of Railways

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x23KKRg4eFw

Also, to view the Post Show Report, click here

And it's a bumper week for Jobs of the Week this week. In the Middle East, we are looking for a Deputy Project Director and a Contract Manager to work in Egypt and in the UAE, we are looking for a Director of Operations and a Bridge Structural Senior Engineer.

In Asia, we are looking for a Systems Assurance Consultant to be based in either Singapore or Hong Kong and in Thailand, we are looking for a Regional Sales Manager.

Regards

Rail Personnel

This Week's Highlights

13 May 2022. Australia. Over $10 billion in 2022-23 WA State Budget for rail, road and port project

Western Australia’s 2022-23 State Budget has been released, and it includes more than $10 billion in funding for projects across the roads, ports and transport sectors. $1 billion funding for METRONET projects. New METRONET projects funded in the Budget include the Morrison Road Level Crossing Removal in Midland and the Canning Bridge Bus Interchange.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

 

11 May 2022. Israel. Jerusalem tram delivery

The first of 114 Urbos 100 trams for the expansion of the Jerusalem light rail network has left the CAF factory at Zaragoza in Spain. Deliveries are running six months ahead of schedule, which is expected to enable entry into service earlier than planned.

Source: Metro Report International

 

9 May 2022. India. Alstom delivers first India-built semi high-speed regional train

Alstom has delivered India’s first semi high-speed regional train. The train set was entirely manufactured in-country, primarily at the company’s Savli-based factory in Gujarat state. The semi high-speed train, which can reach speeds of up to 180 kilometres per hour, will be used by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation’s (NCRTC) on 82,5-kilometre-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS line. Once operational, travel time is expected to drop by 40 percent.

Source: RailTech.com

 

4 May 2022. United Kingdom. Elizabeth line to open on 24 May 2022

Transport for London (TfL) has today confirmed that, subject to final safety approvals, the Elizabeth line will open on Tuesday 24 May 2022. The Elizabeth line will transform travel across London and the South East by dramatically improving transport links, cutting journey times, providing additional capacity, and transforming accessibility with spacious new stations and walk-through trains.

Source: Rail UK

Jobs of the Week

Deputy Project Director, Cairo, Egypt

Job ID#: 13471

Discipline: Project Management

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for Deputy Project Director for Cairo Line-4.

Line 4 is planned to run from Haram District to the New Cairo district, connecting Greater Cairo from West to East. It will cross the two branches of the Nile river, and have a total length of 24 kilometres with an estimated completion date of 2024. Phase 1 (west) of the project will run from El-Malek El-Saleh Station (Interchange with Line 1) to the October-Oasis Highway Station with a total length of 18 km, passing through Giza Railway Station (Interchange with Line 2)

Job Requirements

- More than 20 years experience in construction industry or railway industry / study, design, tender,

construction and management.

- Have worked for Government, authority, public company, consultant, contractor. Experience as a consultant is

preferable.

-Longer experience in one project is preferable.

- More than 7 years experience as a Deputy PD in similar Project / Service Metro project, railway project, other

infrastructure project containing tunnelling by TBM, underground structure, and for the said projects, they must

similar in physical size, complexity, method / technology and /or other characteristics /construction,

management, and must specify the experience in the key activities which need for proposed position.

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Contract Manager, Cairo, Egypt

Job ID#: 13470

Discipline: Contracts

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for a Contract Manager for Cairo Line-4.

Line 4 is planned to run from Haram District to the New Cairo district, connecting Greater Cairo from West to East. It will cross the two branches of the Nile river, and have a total length of 24 kilometres with an estimated completion date of 2024. Phase 1 (west) of the project will run from El-Malek El-Saleh Station (Interchange with Line 1) to the October-Oasis Highway Station with a total length of 18 km, passing through Giza Railway Station (Interchange with Line 2)

The Contract Manager will be involved in tender document preparation, tender, construction, management and must be able to specify the experience in the key activities which need for proposed position.

Mobilization: from June or earlier

Period: June 2022-Jan 2028

(period will be changed subject to mobilization schedule, project)

M/M: 60 months

Job Requirements

- More than 20 years Professional Experience in construction industry, railway industry doing study, design, tender, construction and management preferaly with Government, authority, public company, railway operator, utility company, consultant, contractor.

- More than 7 years experience in Similar Transportation Infrastructure Project ie Metro project, railway project , other infrastructure project containing tunnel , underground structure ,and for the said projects , they must be similar in physical size , complexity , method / technology and /or other characteristics.

- Experience in tender document preparation, tender, construction, management and in specifying the

experience in the key activities which were needed for key positions.

- Experience working for Government, authority, public company, railway operator, consultant, contractor, or law firm

-Experience as a consultant is preferable.

-Longer experience in one project is preferable.

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Director of Operations, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 13044

Discipline: Operations

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Director of Operations to spearhead the Operations & Planning Department by strategically directing activities and ensuring adequate implementation and administration of operations and maintenance joint venture contracts. Ensure the client's assets are operated, maintained and protected at all times in order to effectively serve the company"s operational needs and requirements, in line with established standards and protocols by

* Establishing business performance management systems to ensure achievement of business strategy and corporate performance indicators, which are aligned with Company Vision, Mission, Values and Business Plans.

* Advising the Senior Management on any significant risks including unpredictable/unforeseen events/issues as necessary in order to address unresolved matters.

* Establish business performance management systems to ensure achievement of business strategy and corporate

* Ensuring the effective utilization of resources to deliver the output of the strategic plan.

* Developing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders and business partners by overseeing and coordinating mutually beneficial relationships built on understanding of internal policies and strategic priorities. Operational (Core)

* Spearheading the implementation of the Quality Assurance and Asset Management policy and ensure timely administration of the Quality Assurance Program, in line with set standards and principles.

* Overseeing Asset Management, infrastructure access management and operations tasks including incident and accident investigations and preparation/review of reports on the O&M Contractors performance.

* Overseeing schedule design & planning and the management of railway schedules.

* Overseeing all inspections and risk surveys being carried out and ensure compliance with established safety measures and standards is maintained at all times.

* Reviewing the technical standards required to manage the company's assets in a safe and reliable manner and direct subordinates throughout the delivery of periodic maintenance.

* Ensuring technical advice pertinent to the asset conditions and work methods is provided to the respective parties, in line with established standards and protocols.

* Reviewing generated reports addressing lifecycle maintenance budgets and cost performance targets and assess the current progress against plan.

* Leading ongoing strategic operational asset planning for the rail network through close liaison with relevant departments.

* Providing operational expenditure advice and support to the commercial teams in the context of future development of the rail network and its services.

* Evaluating the performance of operation and maintenance joint ventures by reviewing reports pertaining to the performance and protection of physical assets to ensure the terms and conditions of the contract are adhered to and met.

* Reviewing reports relevant to rail operations" budgetary performance and assess expenditure against budget in order to take the applicable corrective actions.

* Reviewing rail operating plans and concepts that have been designed to support new business opportunities and ensure concepts are viable for implementation, in line with the needs and requirements.

* Directing and supervising the maintenance related aspects pertaining to the operation and maintenance responsibilities for supplied equipment in line with maintenance plans and schedules.

Job Requirements

* Extensive experience in operation and maintenance for freight railways

* Must possess strong leadership skills, and ability to develop and challenge a team of technical staff, and

manage performance levels

* Degree in relevant field

* Minimum of 8 years relevant experience

* Preferable to have Project management certification, be Chartered member of a relevant professional body

or institution and have Railway Management & Operations related Certificates

Contact: Jackie Hendry (jackie@railpersonnel.com)

Bridge Structural Senior Engineer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 13478

Discipline: Bridge Enginner

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Bridge Structural Senior Engineer to manage the Bridge Structural related matters and measure loads and presses to secure structural soundness, in addition to the collaboration with contractors and guiding construction workers onsite.

Accountability Areas:

* Management of Bridge structural analysis, design, and contract document preparation (plans, specifications, budget estimation, schedule).

* Perform Bridges feasibility studies including but not limited to site investigations and administer technical surveys (i.e. topography surveys, geotechnical etc.) to evaluate the civil discipline prior to developing detailed technical designs, in line with internally established policies and procedures,

* Sets up and manages the review of contractor submittals for all roads, bridges, and structural aspects of the construction phase with respect to adherence to the design criteria and required standards.

* Participate in the tendering process by playing an active role in reviewing enclosed technical documentation and contributing in the technical evaluation of bidders, in order to recommend the best suited bidder to be awarded the contract, in accordance with the client's scope of work.

* Coordination and communication with clients, sub-consultants, and project team members,

Job Requirements

* Degree in Civil Engineering or any related field.

* A minimum of 8 years of Relevant Experience.

Preferable:

* Project Management Certificate

* Trained in Railway Engineering, with eventually Certificate

Contact: Saras Jay (sarasj@railpersonnel.com)

System Assurance Consultant, Hong Kong

Job ID#: 13472

Discipline: Systems

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a System Assurance Consultant to work and be based in either Singapore or Hong Kong.

As a consultant, our client is expecting this person to support the South East Asia region, covering Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and other new markets. Working as a System Assurance Consultant, this person will meet and develop relationships with client project and programme managers and, in many cases, act as the client"s main point of contact for project delivery.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

* Deliver safety engineering for a wide range of signaling and infrastructure projects to ensure compliance with relevant standards.

* Reporting to the Principal Consultant, manage the system assurance framework to achieve the Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety(RAMS) objectives.

* Manage risk assessments for specific discipline areas, being able to self-sufficiently plan, run and write up risk workshops.

* Support business development and write proposals. In doing so, identify potential risks, devise method statements, specify clear acceptance criteria, and generate resource and cost estimates.

* Manage and deliver smaller projects, working with clients to understand their objectives and desired outcomes for each project and taking direction from the Project Director when required.

* In doing so, ensure that the scope of work and time budgets are clear, monitored, and managed and that risks to delivering to quality, on time, and within budget against acceptance criteria are anticipated and managed.

* For larger projects, take ownership of specific work packages and, as part of a team, deliver these to quality, time and budget.

* Ensure overall client satisfaction targets are met throughout the project lifecycle.

* Liaise with clients, project stakeholders and other industry participants.

Job Requirements:

5 to 10 years practical experience as a Systems Assurance Consultant or similar related discipline within Rail

Degree or equivalent technical qualification, with experience in a relevant engineering discipline.

Preferably possess a railway signaling or relevant background, experience in auditing/assessing is preferred

Capability with tools and techniques such as FMECA, FTA-ETA would be beneficial.

Has good subject knowledge and awareness and capabilities in specific areas of a certain topic. Possess significant practical design/application experience and am able to work independently on projects with little or even without a guide.

Systems Assurance engineering experience - ability to decompose a system context from project documentation, read and understand standards and understand key elements/interfaces.

Ability to work in a consultancy environment including the need for flexibility and client satisfaction. This includes understanding client needs and issues, developing requirements and solutions, managing client expectations, and delivering high-quality outputs.

The candidate should possess at least one of the following topics/subsystems/equipment:

- Train Control and Protection Systems for traditional or high-speed line railway, for example, ETCS or CTCS, including Trackside - RBC, TCC, LEU, Balise, etc., and Trainborne - EVC, SDU, BTM, STM, etc.

- Train Control and Protection Systems for metro line, for example, CBTC, including Trackside - ZC, DSU, LEU, Balise, etc., and Trainborne - EVC, SDU, BTM, etc.

- Interlocking and Train / Vehicle Detection, including Computer Based Interlocking, Track circuits, Axle counters, etc.

- Signalling Safety Platform, Track circuits, Axle counters, etc.

Contact: Jackie Hendry (jackie@railpersonnel.com)

Regional Sales Manager, Bangkok, Thailand

Job ID#: 13455

Discipline: Permanent Way

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for Regional Sales Manager to coordinate or reports to the Head of Sales Product Line in Welding Equipment.

Main purpose of job:

* Drive the profitable growth strategy of the company/firm, sustainable and resilient track systems in the APAC region.

* Develop a long-term growth sales strategy in APAC for company/firm under HQ business plan and management.

* Build a strong network of long-term relations with railway industry key stakeholders for the organization under the guidance from company/firm management HQ.

* Responsible for lead identification/generation of business opportunities, contract closure and after sales service in coordination with the rest of SRS organization.

* Develop existing client"s portfolio and multiyear- pipeline generation

* Experience in railway industry is MANDATORY

* Promotion of SRS portfolio

* Market analysis: Generate market reports periodically to contribute to SRS global business plan in railway sector business.

* Reporting and close interaction with the company/firm general management

* Conduct and negotiate business deals in respect to manufacturing and logistical issues

* Ensure the business provides products and services which exceed the customers' expectations.

* Mutually beneficial collaboration with wider APAC sales teams

* Proved record of sales and development in the SE Asian region.

Job Requirements

* Preferred to have a post graduate qualification in Management from a recognized tertiary institution.

* Preferred to have a business degree in Engineering, Manufacturing or Commerce from a recognized tertiary institution.

* Proven experience and success over a number of years in a similar role.

* Proven people management skills.

* Demonstrated ability to lead a team at all levels of management and employees.

* Must have good English written and spoken skills.

* Must have excellent skills in strategic planning implementation and execution of business plans to ensure the continued success of the company/firm Asia Pacific region.

* Must have a proven track record in successful business growth and ensuring concession planning.

* Must have the ability and track record in achieving all Stakeholder expectations

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Rail News

17 May 2022. United Kingdom. Metro ‘superheroes’ to be celebrated in their own comic book

The work of frontline staff on the Tyne and Wear Metro is to be celebrated by a specially stylised comic book. Local artist Mike Duckett is drawing the 40-page comic in homage to the ‘everyday superheroes’ who undertake customer service and revenue protection roles on Metro. Mike, an illustrator from Bardon Mill in Northumberland, will tell the stories of Metro’s frontline employees as they look after customers, challenge ticketless travel, and provide a reassuring presence on stations and trains. He will be taking inspiration from a range of comics, including the iconic pages of DC and Marvel comics. The project is part of the big Metro Community Takeover and involves Mike travelling across the rail network to meet with and bring to life the stories of some of Metro’s 120 customer service advisors as they go about their work.

Source: Rail UK

16 May 2022. Egypt. Vossloh joins Egypt’s high-speed rail project with rail fastening systems

Vossloh will be supplying rail fastening systems for a planned high-speed railway line in northern Egypt. The contract award announced on Monday is valued at more than 40 million euros. First deliveries are planned for this year. Egypt is fast drawing up and executing plans for major new high-speed railway lines. Vossloh will be delivering rail fastening systems for the line between El Alamein on the Mediterranean Coast and the Red Sea town of Ain Sokhna. A double-track extension is planned from El Alamein to Mersa Matruh, which pushes the total length of the line to some 660 kilometres. Vossloh, through its subsidiary Vossloh Fastening Systems, expects deliveries to the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) to continue through 2024.

Source: RailTech.com

13 May 2022. Australia. Over $10 billion in 2022-23 WA State Budget for rail, road and port project

Western Australia’s 2022-23 State Budget has been released, and it includes more than $10 billion in funding for projects across the roads, ports and transport sectors. $1 billion funding for METRONET projects. New METRONET projects funded in the Budget include the Morrison Road Level Crossing Removal in Midland and the Canning Bridge Bus Interchange. Following the opening of the Bellevue Railcar Manufacturing and Assembly Facility in June 2021, another two METRONET projects have recently been completed – with the Mandurah Station Multi-Storey Car Park now open and all road and civic upgrade works completed as part of the Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project. The contracts for the Byford Rail Extension and Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal projects are soon to be awarded, with many of the remaining projects nearing peak construction.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

 

12 May 2022. United Kingdom. British Steel awarded major contract extension by Network Rail

British Steel has been awarded another major rail contract extension by Network Rail. The two-year agreement sees British Steel retain its position as principal supplier to the company which operates and maintains Britain’s rail infrastructure. By the time the contract concludes in March 2024, employees at British Steel’s Scunthorpe headquarters will have supplied Network Rail with more than one million tonnes of rail (circa 19,000 kilometres) in a decade.

Source: Rail UK

12 May 2022. Japan. East Japan Railway plans trial runs with automated commuter train

East Japan Railway (JR East) will be conducting trial runs with automated commuter trains carrying passengers on board. Two months of testing on Tokyo’s Yamanote loop line will start in October. The above-ground Yamanote loop line is one of Japan’s oldest and most congested lines. It has a total length of 34 kilometres and calls at 30 stations. JR East will be using two E235 series trains on the line to further tests the automated operations systems, which the company intends to implement in 2028. A train driver will still be on board the train. The system builds on the technology currently in use on the Joban Line, which already runs fully automated in and around Tokyo since last year.

Source: RailTech.com

 

11 May 2022. Israel. Jerusalem tram delivery

The first of 114 Urbos 100 trams for the expansion of the Jerusalem light rail network has left the CAF factory at Zaragoza in Spain. Deliveries are running six months ahead of schedule, which is expected to enable entry into service earlier than planned. The Jerusalem tram network is operated by the Cfir consortium of CAF and local company Shapir Engineering under a 15-year concession which began in April 2021 and includes expansion of the Red Line. The TransJerusalem J-Net consortium of CAF and Shapir has a separate PPP concession to build and operate the future Green Line.

Source: Metro Report International

 

10 May 2022. United Kingdom. Siemens joins forces with Mitsubishi for more efficiently powered trains

Siemens Mobility and Mitsubishi Electric Europe will cooperate in the field of power module technology based on silicon carbide (SiC). SiC has the potential of higher energy efficiency and reduced weight of rolling stock’s electrical systems. Power semiconductors play an important role in railway rolling stock, from trams to high-speed trains. Power semiconductors are mostly used in power conversion such as in changing voltages and frequencies, as well as changing DC to AC and AC to DC, so that the train is running and the air conditioning and ventilation systems are powered.

Source: RailTech.com

9 May 2022. India. Alstom delivers first India-built semi high-speed regional train

Alstom has delivered India’s first semi high-speed regional train. The train set was entirely manufactured in-country, primarily at the company’s Savli-based factory in Gujarat state. The semi high-speed train, which can reach speeds of up to 180 kilometres per hour, will be used by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation’s (NCRTC) on 82,5-kilometre-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS line. Once operational, travel time is expected to drop by 40 percent.

Source: RailTech.com

9 May 2022. United Kingdom. HS2 site acquisition paves way for Manchester high speed station

HS2 Ltd has reached an agreement with Bruntwood, one of the UK’s leading property providers, to purchase Square One on Travis Street in readiness for construction of Manchester’s brand new high speed railway station. The sale marks HS2’s second major property acquisition in the city centre in just over 12 months, following its purchase of the Store Street site in April 2021. Both sites have been purchased by HS2, on behalf of the Department for Transport, and are pivotal to the creation of the new high speed station that will be built adjacent to the existing Piccadilly Station.

Source: Rail UK

 

6 May 2022. United States. California HSR at “critical juncture” as push for $4.2 billion heats up

A broad coalition of passenger-rail advocates are pushing the California State Assembly to approve $4.2 billion in funds for the state’s high-speed rail project. Though a recent poll showed strong support for the project, the push comes at "a critical juncture for either achieving the project's full vision or leaving it in an expensive limbo," as the New York Times reported about the Los Angeles to San Francisco high-speed line. In a letter to California’s top legislative leaders, the U.S. High Speed Rail Coalition wrote that approving a $4.2 billion bond appropriation in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2022-23 budget “will signal continued support by the State of California, giving the Biden Administration an incentive to provide significant federal investments for the project.”

Source: High Speed Rail Alliance

5 May 2022. Australia. ABB recycles spare energy in Melbourne’s rail network

ABB has harnessed the latest technology to give Melbourne passengers a smoother, lower-carbon ride. The company’s system gathers the energy from a braking train as it approaches a station, briefly stores it, then reinjects it into the train’s power supply as it accelerates on its way. The energy redistributor has been applied as an alternative to building and connecting a new rectifier substation Metro Trains Melbourne (Metro) Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Project.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

5 May 2022. Germany. Siemens rolls out first Mireo Plus H hydrogen train

Siemens Mobility presented its first Mireo Plus H hydrogen train at its factory in Krefeld on Thursday. The train was unveiled as part of the H2goesRail project, a joint endeavour with Deutsche Bahn (DB). The Mireo Plus H hydrogen train was rolled out in a two-car configuration and has a range of around 800 kilometres. The three-car version can reach up to 1,000 kilometres. The top speed of the train set is 160 kilometres per hour. Alongside the Mireo Plus H hydrogen train, which will begin testing in Baden-Württemberg in 2023, the two partners on Thursday also unveiled a mobile hydrogen storage trailer for fast mobile refuelling.

Source: RailTech.com

 

4 May 2022. United Kingdom. Elizabeth line to open on 24 May 2022

Transport for London (TfL) has today confirmed that, subject to final safety approvals, the Elizabeth line will open on Tuesday 24 May 2022. The Elizabeth line will transform travel across London and the South East by dramatically improving transport links, cutting journey times, providing additional capacity, and transforming accessibility with spacious new stations and walk-through trains. The Elizabeth line will initially operate as three separate railways, with services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield connecting with the central tunnels from autumn this year.

Source: Rail UK