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29th June 2022. Volume 6, Issue 3

5 months ago by Rail Personnel

​Dear Readers

This year’s Urban Rail Conference (formerly known as The Light Rail Conference) will take place from 18-19 July 2022 at the QT, Gold Coast, Australia.

From light to suburban rail and metro, Urban Rail 2022 will bring together operators, manufacturers, contractors and government stakeholders across every level of the passenger rail sector to hear cutting-edge case studies, project updates and learn from successful projects in Australasia and the world. Urban rail is reshaping the Australasian landscape by reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions and transforming the way we travel by offering smart solutions and completing multimodal connections. With transport planning refining our cities and regions, now is the time to build a long-term, strategic urban rail future that benefits all by helping cities work seamlessly by improving connectivity with other modes of transport.

For more information and to register to attend, visit: https://www.informa.com.au/event/conference/transport-logistics/urban-rail/

It’s another bumper week this week for the Jobs of the Week! We are looking for:

* Head of Safety, Bangkok, Thailand

* Safety Assurance Engineer, Vietnam

* Project Manager – Service and Support (Senior System Maintenance Manager), Boston, MA, United States

* Senior PTC System Signaling Engineering Manager, Boston, MA, United States

* BTN Lead, Malaysia

* WDCS Lead, Malaysia

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

This Week's Headlines

28 June 2022. Singapore. LTA contracts Siemens-led consortium for JRL’s power supply system

The scope of work includes design, supply, testing, and commissioning of the entire power supply system for the MRT line. The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a new contract to a consortium of Siemens Mobility and Concord Corporation for the provision of the power supply system for future Jurong Region Line (JRL).

Source: Railway Technology

28 June 2022. United Kingdom. World first as high-speed trains wheel performance now digitally-monitored live

Hitachi Rail is installing its cutting-edge live monitoring solution across Great Western Railway’s high-speed fleet of 93 intercity trains, in a world-first for digital maintenance. This technology will boost fleet availability by over 100 days per year.

Source: Rail UK

23 June 2022. United Arab Emirates. Etihad Rail awards UAE passenger train contract

National railway project promoter Etihad Rail has signed a 1·2bn dirham contract for Spanish company CAF to design, supply and maintain fleet of push-pull passenger trainsets designed to European standards and equipped with ‘the latest cutting-edge technologies’ that suit the UAE’s topography and climate.

Source: Railway Gazette International

Jobs of the Week

Head of Safety, Bangkok, Thailand

Job ID#: 13340

Discipline: Safety

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for someone for the role of Head of Safety.

Reporting directly to the Project Director this role has the responsibility for all aspects of health, safety and environmental management for the high speed rail project integrating the existing Airport Rail Link (ARL) and the 3 airports in Bangkok Mahatara and the Eastern Economic Corridor, namely Don Mueang Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport and U-Tapao Airports.

Job Requirements

* 20 years experience in safety

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

System Assurance Engineer, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Job ID#: 13532

Discipline: Safety

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a System Assurance Engineer to assist with the Design & Construction Project for all E&M System (Rolling Stock, Signaling, Telecommunication, Power Supply, OCS, Track work, PSD, AFC, Depot & Workshop Equipment, F-SCADA, Signage & Graphics) for New MRT Line-1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Job Details:

* Undertaking Software Assurance activities following IEC62279 / EN50128 standard.

* Undertaking Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS) activities following IEC62278 / EN50126 standard.

* Supporting Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) on-site tests following IEC62236 standard series.

* Assisting the SA Manager for project SA management and implementation, including but not limited to Hazard Log management, Project Safety Cases preparation, SA audits, SA Requirement V&V, DRACAS, RAM Demonstration, and other project level SA assignments upon request.

* Reviewing and monitoring subsystem SA activities and documentations.

* Coordinating with different stakeholders such as the consultants, system suppliers, the system operator(s), and ISA, where applicable.

* Other related SA duties, as assigned by the SA Manager.

Job Requirements:

1) Years of Working Experience: > 5 years in any of the following disciplines:

* Software Assurance (preferred).

* System Assurance.

* EMC.

2) Strong experience/knowledge in any of the following activities:

* Software assessment and assurance techniques for safety-critical functions.

* RAM analysis, such as FMECA, RBD and/or FTA, and RAM demonstration planning and execution.

* SIL allocation and demonstration with quantitative approaches.

* Risk assessment and management for railway E&M systems, both hardware and software.

* EMC tests and compliance for either railway or heavy industry applications.

* Familiarization of SA-related international standards, e.g. IEC62278, IEC62279, IEC62425, IEC62236 and IEC61000 series will be added advantages

3) Bachelor degree in Engineering / Science, at a minimum.

4) Certifications of reliability engineering will be added advantages.

5) Experiences in Facility SCADA, Platform Screen Door, and/or Trackwork systems are preferred.

6) Experiences in ISA engagement are preferred.

7) Certificate / Demonstration of English proficiency (such as TOEFL, EILTS) if mother language is not English. Good command of written English.

8) Strong interpersonal, communication and customer service skills.

9) Computer skills are required with proven proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).

10) Ability to plan and manage SA activities and adhere to the project schedule.

11) Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

12) Eager to learn and resourcefulness are necessary attributes.

Contact: Wayne Edgtton (wayne@railpersonnel.com)

Project Manager – Service and Support (Senior System Maintenance Manager), Boston, MA, United States

Job ID#: 13530

Discipline: Signalling

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated Project Manager - Service and Support (Senior System Maintenance Manager) who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate is comfortable performing a wide range of tasks from administrative to strategic. The position is based in Boston, MA.

Our client is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signaling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, their mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions.

Accountabilities

* Ensure the execution of service and support activities in alignment with contract requirements, budget, and company guidelines

* Candidate must become thoroughly familiar with required contractual obligations and technical aspects of the project.

* Directs and reviews the overall planning of project activities to identify critical milestones and priorities.

* Determines and reviews budget estimates and staffing requirements for the defined scope. Manages and reviews the assignment of manpower, materials, and equipment to maximize efficiency, and to meet budget goals.

* Leads the team to achieve all cost and response objectives while keeping alert to possible problem areas and takes preventative action to ensure that critical requirements are met.

* Provides and presents project status reviews to client.

* Prepares and/or reviews cost and risk analyses and extra work claims for the client.

* Will be the primary contact and required to maintain a strong client relationship.

* Coordinate all external Service activities

* Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.

Job Requirements

Required Skills/ Knowledge

* Experience working in mass transit industry projects preferred

* Experience in Signaling projects or maintenance

* Strong Leadership and Communication Skills

Desired Skills/ Knowledge

* A minimum of 3 years of project management experience

* Previous Project Management experience working on rail industry projects preferred

* ACSES II Experience

* Microlok Experience

* PTC Experience

Education / Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree

Languages: English Proficiency

Contact: Renee Wade (renee@railpersonnel.com)

Senior PTC System Signaling Engineering Manager, Boston, MA, United States

Job ID#: 13531

Discipline: Signalling

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated Senior PTC System Signaling Engineering Manager who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate is comfortable performing a wide range of engineering tasks from administrative to strategic while interacting directly with customer and stakeholders. The position is based in Boston, MA.

Accountabilities:

* Ensure the identification of the project Interfaces among the assigned subsystems and of external interfaces according to the project scope of work

* Interface direct with customer and stakeholders for system improvements and modifications

* Serve as primary contact for system testing, support and implementation

* Actively and proactively support the system engineering activities by ensuring that project activities are executed in accordance with the design standards

* Participate to technical reviews to detect design errors, process and tool inefficiencies, ensuring the identification and implementation of corrective and improvement actions

* Contribute to the identification and management of the System Requirements for the entire life cycle of the project (Design and Testing)

* Support the performance of the System Engineering studies for the project (fleet sizing calculation, Operational Scenario issue) and the performance of System Integration tests (e.g. test procedure and report)

* Ensure the achievement of the identified KPIs

* Ensure Client relationship by ensuring a direct interface with the client

* Contribute to the promotion of business opportunities and manage the Change Orders/Variation Orders

* Support and develop test cases, test procedures, test scripts and test data as well as document and track defects.

* Follow established department processes and document all work associated with the assigned responsibilities fully and accurately.

Job Requirements

Required Skills/Knowledge:

* > 5 years of Signaling Design/Integration experience

* Demonstrates the ability to deliver solutions to closure

* Demonstrated ability to engage a cross-functional teams of varying skills/experience

* Success with multi-tasking across multiple projects at given time

* Builds effective relationships and has exceptional communication

* Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills

Desired Skills/Knowledge:

* ACSES II Experience

* Microlok Experience

* PTC Experience

* RF Communications

* NEC Interoperability

Education: Bachelor' s Degree

Languages: English-Proficient

Contact: Renee Wade (renee@railpersonnel.com)

BTN Lead Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Job ID#: 13528

Discipline: Telecommunications

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a well established company that is based in Kuala Lumpur that is engaged in oil and gas, manufacturing engineering, property, aviation, defence and rail construction.

They are seeking a BTN Lead.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Technical lead for network services such as TCP/IP, OSPF, and BGP.

2. In-depth understanding and practical knowledge of networking systems such as LAN/WAN, firewalls, routers, and printers.

3. Designing and implementing new network solutions and/or improving the efficiency of current networks

4. To deploy and configure network equipment as per designed requirement in different sites equipment including routers, proxy servers, switches, WAN accelerators, DNS and DHCP

5. To develop and maintain network documentation for deployment and maintenance purpose

6. To support client to perform day-to-day operations that including maximize network efficiency and security, network troubleshooting and preventive maintenance activities.

7. Hands-on knowledge with enterprise routers and switches.

8. Reporting network status to key stakeholders

Terms of Employment: Contract- 2 years

Job Requirements

* Bachelor Degree/Diploma in Electrical/ Engineering/related discipline

* 7 years working experience in related activities preferably in metro rail/ Networking system/ System Integrator

* Knowledge in network services such as TCP/IP, OSPF, and BGP

Contact: Irish Zabat (irish@railpersonnel.com)

WDCS Lead, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Job ID#: 13527

Discipline: Telecommunications

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a well established company that is based in Kuala Lumpur that is engaged in oil and gas, manufacturing engineering, property, aviation, defence and rail construction.

They are seeking a WDCS Lead to support the Wayside Wi-Fi deployment for related projects (currently the LRT3 and RTS projects).

Key Responsibilities:

* Technical assessment of the project requirements (based on the requirements in General Specification, Particular Specification and Interface Specification) and definition from conception to various deployment stages (design, manufacture, installation, training, testing and commissioning).

* Design, plan, establish, test and optimize wireless and wired networks connectivity, hardware, system and reliability to project requirement and standard.

* Plan and organize the design review and generate the overall plan for design, manufacture, installation, training, testing and commissioning;

* Manage the interface works among the sub-systems and other interfacing parties including external parties and authorities;

* Work with project teams when necessary to resolve technical issues if they arise;

* Comply to the system engineering and project delivery life cycle methodology and process in executing the project.

* Project lead to execute relevant work related to the subsystem as well as other related work as and when required. (Lead Engineer only)

* To perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, detailed trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

Terms of Employment: Contract- 2 years

Job Requirements:

* Bachelor Degree/Diploma in Electrical/ Engineering/related discipline. Preferably in Electronics/ Electrical/ Telecommunication Engineering

* 7 years working experience in related activities preferably in Telecommunication System for Railways

* Knowledge in Networking and Wireless Network

* Ability to design, deploy, and troubleshoot large-scale wired and wireless networks with proven experience in troubleshooting isolation and remediation

* Good knowledge with Microsoft Office suite

* Experience with AutoCad will be advantageous

Contact: Irish Zabat (irish@railpersonnel.com)

Rail News

28 June 2022. Singapore. LTA contracts Siemens-led consortium for JRL’s power supply system

The scope of work includes design, supply, testing, and commissioning of the entire power supply system for the MRT line. The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a new contract to a consortium of Siemens Mobility and Concord Corporation for the provision of the power supply system for future Jurong Region Line (JRL). The scope of work includes design, supply, testing, and commissioning of the entire power supply system for the mass rapid transit (MRT) line. As agreed, Siemens Mobility will deliver two high-voltage systems comprising gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and Intake Transformers (66kV).

Source: Railway Technology

28 June 2022. United Kingdom. World first as high-speed trains wheel performance now digitally-monitored live

Hitachi Rail is installing its cutting-edge live monitoring solution across Great Western Railway’s high-speed fleet of 93 intercity trains, in a world-first for digital maintenance. This technology will boost fleet availability by over 100 days per year. This will be the first time Hitachi’s ‘Perpetuum Onboard’ wireless technology will monitor the full-suite of wheelset and bogie parts on high-speed passenger trains. Wireless sensors are being attached to live monitor the entire wheelsets and bogies, allowing real-time data of gearboxes, traction motors, bearings and wheels. This will deliver significant benefits to passengers and train operators, including boosted train availability, improved safety, and reduced maintenance costs.

Source: Rail UK

23 June 2022. United Arab Emirates. Etihad Rail awards UAE passenger train contract

National railway project promoter Etihad Rail has signed a 1·2bn dirham contract for Spanish company CAF to design, supply and maintain fleet of push-pull passenger trainsets designed to European standards and equipped with ‘the latest cutting-edge technologies’ that suit the UAE’s topography and climate. The agreement announced on June 23 was signed by Etihad Rail CEO Shadi Malak and CEO of CAF’s rolling stock business Josu Imaz in Sakamkam, where the first station is to be built in Fujairah.

Source: Railway Gazette International

23 June 2022. Australia. Stage 2 of METRONET training facility under construction

Works to complete Stage 2 of the $5.6 million specialist METRONET Trade Training Centre are underway, with the new facility to provide training for future rail projects. Developed in consultation with industry, this project will deliver Western Australia’s first dedicated public facility to support training for jobs in the rail industry and meet the diverse training needs of the METRONET program at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Midland campus. The $4.6 million Stage 2 works include construction of a dual-track level crossing, including a maintenance track and crossover, a standalone Signalling Equipment Room to enable hands-on training in using and maintaining signal equipment, and a section of rail line for training in maintenance of various gauges of rail. The contract for the design and construction of Stage 2 works was awarded to John Holland Rail.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

22 June 2022. Egypt. Thales to equip Cairo Metro Line 4

Turnkey contract covers communications, control and ticketing. EGYPT’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has signed a turnkey contract with Thales, Orascom Construction and Colas Rail to design, install, commission and maintain for two years communications, centralised control and ticketing systems for Phase 1 of Cairo Metro Line 4. Phase 1 will run for 19km underground from the centre of Cairo to the Giza pyramid complex in the southwest, serving a total of 16 stations. The new route is expected to be heavily used by tourists, as it will also serve the future Grand Egyptian Museum.

Source: International Railway Journal

17 June 2022. China. Railway around China’s largest desert officially inaugurated

China opened a railway line around its largest desert, the Taklimakan, in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Thursday. The railway line is 2,712 kilometres long and allows for speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour. It has 22 stations, six of which also offer cargo services. It is the first that time a railway line enables trains to skirt around a desert, according to the China State Railway Group (China Railway). The opening of the Hotan-Ruoqiang railway line was a fact when it was linked with the Ruoqiang-Korla section of the Golmud-Korla railway line, and the Korla-Kashgar and Kashgar-Hotan sections of the southern Xinjiang rail line. However, construction of the megaproject started in December 2018.

Source: RailTech.com

16 June 2022. Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur opens first phase of Putrajaya Line

The first phase of Kuala Lumpur’s fully automated Putrajaya Line was opened on June 16, with revenue services starting at 15.00 following an inauguration ceremony at 10.00 attended by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. To celebrate the opening, the Prime Minister announced 30 days of free public transport across the city, encouraging passengers to sample the expanding metro network. Running from east to west across the north of the city, the first phase of MRT2 runs for 17·5 km from Kampung Batu to Kwasa Damansara, serving 12 stations.

Source: Railway Gazette International

15 June 2022. Australia. $500 million to develop faster rail for NSW

The New South Wales Government has committed $500 million to help build fast rail connections between Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle. The funding will go to the first stage of the Northern Corridor, helping build two new electrified rail tracks between Tuggerah and Wyong, new platforms and station upgrades, new bridges including over the Wyong River and safeguarding future fast rail connections to the north and south, subject to agreement with the new Federal Government. The New South Wales Government commitment is conditional on $500 million in matched funding from the Federal Government that was announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese prior to the federal election.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine