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22nd September 2022. Volume 9, Issue 2

15 days ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

The fourth edition of SITCE – LTA-UITP Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition – will return to Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore, from 2 – 4 November 2022. After three successful editions, SITCE has established itself as one of Asia’s most recognised events in the urban mobility space.

Themed Heartbeat of Mobility – Towards a sustainable, resilient and seamless public transport, the SITCE 2022 Congress will feature 5 main congress streams with over 30 sessions, aiming to address challenges and raise solutions for urban mobility planners, operators, service providers, innovators, start-ups and researchers to come together in shaping the future of urban mobility landscape.

The Exhibition will cover more than 6,000 sqm of space and will feature more than 100 international companies showcasing the latest technologies and solutions.​

​For more details and to register, visit: https://www.sitce.org/website/7302/home/

​And it’s a bumper week for Job of the Week this week. In Taiwan, we’re looking for a System Assurance Engineer to work on the Taipei Circular Line project and we are looking for an Expert in Hydrology to provide expertise for a major rail project. In Australia, we’re looking for a System Assurance Consultant and in Vietnam, we’re looking for a Maintenance Manager and a Training Manager.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Jobs of the Week

Expert in Hydrology, Work from Home

Job ID#: 13577

Discipline: Arbitration

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for someone who is familiar / skilled in hydrology (drainage) of ground water and surface water with experience in Arbitration and/or Dispute resolution. In particular, someone who would understand how a change in topography would affect the drainage of surface water.

Kick-off will be as soon as possible to finalise one of the claims. Likely timeline is that they will need the expert for an initial period of around 4 to 6 months to help them finalise the claim and then will go in accordance with timetable to be established down the line. The person can work from home. Sometimes experts travel but it is not often.

This is for a rail project. The issue they have is that when designing the rail road, the client assumed a specific design of topography (hills/valleys) and designed the drainage system accordingly. A subcontractor had since changed the topography (by over/under excavating). This, in turn, changed the impact on the drainage for the railway. Because of this, our client will be required to either re-design/re-build various parts of the railway. We are looking for an expert that can opine on how changes in topography will affect drainage.

Job Requirements

Person must be skilled in hydrology (drainage) of ground water and surface water with experience in Arbitration and/or Dispute resolution

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

System Assurance Engineer - Taipei Circular Line Taipei, Taiwan

Job ID#: 13576

Discipline: E&M

Language: Mandarin, English

Job Description:

We are looking for System Assurance Engineer to join Taipei Circular Line Phase 2 Project dynamic team in Taiwan.

The System Assurance Engineer is a key person of the project team, working in close collaboration with a wide range of project team: project leaders, core project team, planning, quality, integrations, and engineering teams also with customers and sub-system Safety Assurance. In this position, you will report hierarchically to System Safety Assurance Manager in France and functionally report to Project Director in Taiwan.

*Perform RAMS analysis following RAMS instruction and processes and other specific requirements committed to customers

*Safety requirement management from design, manufacturing, installation, and testing phase

*Management of all Sub-system Safety reports from different phases

Applying Alstom Transportation Railway Safety process & instruction to daily activities

*Supporting Safety Assurance Manager to issue the System Safety Report based on subsystem safety report

*Hold a proactive challenging view on the RAMS data/result to enhance the adequacy and consistency of the RAMS studies and requirements

*Seek for the technical understanding in order to better assess their RAMS performance and potential areas of improvement

*Adopt a product-oriented mind-set in performing his/her studies to foster the capitalization of the results of the studies towards the product RAMS performance

Job Requirements

*Bachelor Degree in Engineering or equivalent

*Minimum 3 years of successful technical experience in RAM (System Assurance)/Safety managing different industries including railways

*Knowledge EN5012X serious Standard is mandatory

*RAMS prediction and measurement methods & tools

*Railway Safety analysis and demonstration methods and tools

*Time management skill

*Structured and organized with a hands-on approach

*Fluent in both English and Mandarin

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (patricia@railpersonnel.com)

System Assurance Consultant, Melbourne, Australia

Job ID#: 13472

Discipline: Systems

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a System Assurance Consultant to work in Australia, ideally based in Melbourne.

This international client is seeking someone to be based in Australia (East Coast and who can 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: Wayne Edgtton (wayne@railpersonnel.com)

Training Coordinator / Manager, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Job ID#: 13555

Discipline: Trainer

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is responsible for 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

They are seeking a Training Coordinator / Manager to assist with activities on the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway project.

Main Responsibilities:

* Identify the training needs for Project staff and O&M staff (Instructor/trainers) during the C&I, T&C, Trail Running and 5 year maintenance period.

* Work with the Client, Employers representative, O&M Company to ensure (CP3) meets is contractual obligations for training.

* Assist the relevant project staff/subsystem mangers in the creation and review of O&M manuals and the Training Documents, Schedule, Materials, facilities and suitable locations and venues required to complete the necessary contracted training.

* Assist the Subsystem Manager create and submit their training plans.

* Assist the Wayside Manager and PTW/CRO identify the training needs, assist in the creation of documentation and deliver training to meet the project requirements before hand over of the railway to the client.

* Develop an overall training plan together with schedule and durations of training to be given to all parties required within the CP3 project scope.

* Work with the Subsystem Mangers to ensure the necessary training is completed and competence certification issued to meet the project schedule.

* Support the creation of training documents and training programmes to support the requirements of O&M Manuals.

* Responsible for liaising with the T&C manager and CRO to ensuring the training courses and modules do not impact the C&I and Test & Commissioning plans. Especially where shared staff or resources are required.

* Responsible for writing the necessary operational process and procedures relating to training to gain HSQE approval in support of the safety objectives of the project.

Job Requirements

Essential experience;

* Min 5 year Experience of Developing and implementing Training within a modern Railway , preferably Urban railway/metro system.

* Min 10 year Experience of Developing and implementing Training within a safety critical Engineering Environment.

* Understanding and Experience in implements training of modern Railway operating procedures such as (UK/EEC ROGS)

* Creating and Submission of project documentation to Client for approval.

* Ability to create and manage a comprehensive training plan to meet project delivery dates.

* Ability to engage with Operational and Maintenance staff.

* Experience Warehousing and modern maintenance management systems (MMS) would be an advantage

* Ability to work flexibly and support other areas of the project as necessary.

Qualifications

* Mechanical / Electrical Degree or HND/HNC with served engineering apprenticeship or equivalent proven railway / engineering services experience.

* Certified Trainer

* Competence assessor certified

Contact: Jackie Hendry (jackie@railpersonnel.com)

Maintenance Manager, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Job ID#: 13554

Discipline: E&M

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is responsible for 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.

They are looking for a Maintenance Manager to assist with activities on the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway project to be responsible for:

* Updating the current Maintenance plan to take account of changes in design and maintenance requirements of the current installed or designed equipment since the tender.

* Working with and assisting Sub Systems teams develop, publish and gaining the clients approval for the O&M manuals.

* Assisting the Subsystem teams and Training Manager create training manuals and Documents based on the O&M manuals to support the client and contract requirements.

* Assisting subsystem managers identify and gain the clients approval of Spare parts and consumables lists and plans identifying the requirements for T&C, DLP and 5 years maintenance contract.

* Assisting the subsystems identify any maintenance requirements and support needs during T&C and project phases up to handover.

* Supporting the re negotiation of the 5 year maintenance contract as required.

* Assisting the MMS manager as necessary to ensure the Asset management/MMS System contains all the asset data and is ready for handover to the client.

* Identify the Maintenance resources necessary to transition from building the urban railway to operating the urban railway in line with the Maintenance plan and Training plans

* Ensure the correct and accurate records of maintenance are kept from the time of installation until hand over and into the 5 year maintenance contract.

* Assist in the recruitment of O&M Company Staff. ie Maintenance Team Leaders, Support Engineers Lead Technicians, Maintenance Technicians, Wheel Lathe Team Leader and Servicing Team Leaders

Job Requirements

Essential experience;

* Min 10 year Experience of leading Railway maintenance team on a shift bases comprising of modern rolling stock, track and railway asset including a maintenance depot repair work shop.

* Previous experience of written or update a maintenance plan for a Modern railways to take account of local staffing experience and training.

* Highly experienced in undertaking preventative and corrective rolling stock and railway asset maintenance on a modern urban railway.

* Outstanding Safety Awareness gained in an operational railway engineering environment NEBOSH or IOSH trained.

* Management of large diverse technical teams who will be working on a shift bases 24/7.

* Experience in developing and mentoring staff to gain experience and knowledge of modern maintenance processes and practices.

* Rolling stock test, approvals and commissioning experience preferably gain from a previous modern rolling stock fleet introduction.

* Extensive preventative and corrective railway asset maintenance experience. To include modern fault finding and repair techniques using pc based laptops and remote train diagnostics.

* Knowledge of Maintenance and Specified area protection processes.

* Manual Handling, COSHH certificates

* Experience of direct and indirect assessment of staff on the shop floor.

* Experience of running a maintenance workshop stores and spare parts area.

Competent with calibrated tools and Black store to be returned to manufactures for external repair.

* Experience in the use of modern maintenance management systems (MMS), Preferably IBM Maximo

* Hands on , mature and experience workforce management skills with experience of managing a large team of engineers on shift work.

Qualifications

* Mechanical / Electrical Degree, or equivalent with time served hands on in Railway or other work shop environments such as am maintenance technician or engineering apprenticeship or equivalent proven railway experience.

* Certified Trainer/ Competence assessor

Contact: Jackie Hendry (jackie@railpersonnel.com)

Rail News

21 September 2022. Germany. Hitachi Rail unveils ‘tri-mode’ battery hybrid train

Hitachi Rail has unveiled its new ‘Blues Train’ at InnoTrans 2022. Built for Trenitalia, the cutting-edge battery hybrid train will reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption by 50% and has the ability to arrive at and depart from stations completely under battery power. The train will be the first ever ‘tri-mode’ (using battery, electric, and diesel power) to enter passenger service in Europe. Its inauguration comes ahead of its introduction into passenger service in Italy later this year. It is based on Hitachi’s Masaccio platform. The total Blues framework agreement with Trenitalia includes the supply of up to 135 trains worth €1.2 billion.

Source: Rail UK

20 September 2022. Germany. Doors open for InnoTrans 2022

After a four-year wait, InnoTrans 2022 is back, welcoming 2,834 exhibitors and thousands of guests. From 20-23 September, the international trade fair will showcase new technologies across 42 display halls and its outdoor display area. The trade fair has postponed twice in the wake of Covid-19 and this is the first time the entire transport industry is meeting in person since the pandemic. “Nothing comes close to meeting in person, seeing old friends again and making new contacts on the stands and at the many specialist events that accompany the trade fair,” said Martin Ecknig, CEO of event organisers Messe Berlin. “No video presentation, regardless of how well made, can replace seeing, hearing, smelling and even testing products at the event.”

Source: Rail UK

17 September 2022. India. HCC-URCC Launches Bangalore Metro Yellow Line’s Final Segment

Hindustan Construction Company – URC Construction (HCC – URC) JV last week celebrated launching the final segment for 19.14 km Bangalore Metro Yellow Line’s 6.34 km Package-3. This elevated section of the 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project‘s Reach-5 on Marenahalli Road connects the Green Line’s RV Road Station with the upcoming HSR Layout Station on Hosur Road. It consists of a 3.2 km double-decker viaduct between Ragigudda – Central Silkboard where 7.5m wide cantilever wings have been stitched to form a 4 lane road. The first central spine span was completed in July 2019 and launching of cantilever wings began in November 2019.

Source: The Metro Rail Guy

16 September 2022. Mongolia. Mongolian heavy haul coal railway opens

President Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh has officially opened the 234 km heavy haul railway connecting the Tavan Tolgoi coal deposits in the Gobi desert to an inland port at Gashuun Sukhait close to the Chinese border. The opening ceremony was held at on September 9, when the first freight train left Tavan Tolgoi for Gashuun Sukhait. The 1 520 mm gauge line has been developed by state-owned project promoter Tavantolgoi Tumurzam Co, with Bodi International awarded an engineering-procurement-construction contract to lead the civil works.

Source: Railway Gazette International

16 September 2022. Canada. Toronto metro project preferred bidders selected

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have announced the preferred proponents for the Toronto Ontario Line metro project’s Civil, Stations & Tunnel (South) and Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations & Maintenance PPP contracts. Ontario Transit Group and Connect 6ix each ranked first after the evaluation of the requests for proposals received in June. Announcing the selection on September 14, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx said they would continue negotiations to finalise contract details, and expect to award both contracts later this year.

Source: Metro Report International

16 September 2022. France. TGV unveils high-speed trains of the future

Welcome to the future of European high-speed rail travel. French railway company SNCF and train manufacturer Alstom have unveiled the first completed TGV M, a next-generation high-speed double-decker train that features a longer, more aerodynamic nose -- perfect for hurtling across the French countryside. Alstom dubbed the new train "the TGV of the future." TGV stands for Train à Grand Vitesse, meaning high-speed train. This swanky new design will premiere on the Paris rail network in 2024 and across the country over the following 10 years.

Source: CNN Travel

15 September 2022. Australia. Winners announced at 2022 Australasian Rail Industry Awards

Over 720 members of the rail industry from Australia and New Zealand have celebrated the winners of this year’s Australasian Rail Industry (ARI) Awards at the Crown Towers in Melbourne. The 2022 Awards featured 16 categories recognising the achievements of individuals, organisations and rail projects. This included four new categories relating to rail supply chain, heavy haul and rail freight, passenger operations and infrastructure projects. Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Chief Executive Officer, and ARI Awards judging chair, Caroline Wilkie, said the event showcased the achievements and innovation of those working in the rail industry.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

15 September 2022. Panama. Wabtec Lands Platform Screen Door Order for Panama Metro

Wabtec Corp. announced on Sept. 15 that it has won an order to supply 300 half-height platform screen doors across Panama Metro’s (Metro de Panama) L3 monorail stations being built by Hitachi Rail, as part of the Grupo de Empresas Sunrise Monorail. The order, which marks Wabtec’s first project in Central America, is part of a project creating a new 25-km monorail line, served by 28 six-car trains (168 cars), along with signaling, telecommunication and power systems. Wabtec will supply the platform screen doors, as well as provide the training and support for the installation, testing and commissioning.

Source: Railway Age

13 September 2022. Germany & Australia. CAF wins new contracts worth over €220m in Germany and Australia

These two contracts relate to the cities of Hannover and Canberra for an aggregate in excess of €220 million and reinforce the company’s significant orders in hand, which reached a record figure of more than €10.7 billion at the close of the first half of the year. In addition, the Australian Capital Territory has once again renewed its trust in CAF through the operator of the Canberra tramway line, Canberra Metro Operations, for the supply of 5 additional trams equipped with OESS (On Board Energy Storage Systems) to operate on catenary-free track sections. These 5 trams add to the 14 units previously supplied to the Australian capital.

Source: Rail UK

12 September 2022. Turkey. Construction of Ankara – Izmir high speed line restarts

Construction has restarted on the 503 km high speed line which will reduce the rail distance between Ankara and Izmir from 824 km to 624 km, operating at a maximum speed of 250 km/h and reducing the end-to-end journey time from 14 h to 3½ h. Construction of the initial section began in 2012, but was suspended in 2018 when almost 50% of the works had been completed on some sections.

Source: Railway Gazette International