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20th October 2022. Volume 10, Issue 2

about 1 month ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

David Hyland and Renee Wade recently attended the ARA NZ Rail Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Held for the first time since 2019, New Zealand Rail provided a great opportunity to see what is happening in Rail in New Zealand with ready access to decision makers and those involved in rail in New Zealand. There were updates on the City Rail Link and Auckland Light Rail along with discussions on technology, innovation, sustainability and people and skills. A conference not to be missed if you want to do business in New Zealand or are interested to know what is happening in rail in New Zealand.

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

Now in its 6th year - Messe Frankfurt’s Rail India Conference and Expo has established itself as the premier event for the railway sector in the Indian market. It provides an excellent knowledge exchange platform and the most ideal meeting place for the experts and professionals in the rail sector from all over the world, to share the latest trends, developments in the industry and modern ideas on industry related infrastructure, safety and other potential fields of improvement. For more details and to register, visit: http://www.india-railway.com/

​Jobs of the Week this week are in Taiwan, India and Vietnam. In Vietnam, we are looking for a Site Office Manager, and in India, we are looking for a Senior Manager Technical (Track Solutions) and a Business Head – Track & Infrastructure. In Taiwan, we are looking for a Senior Planner and Scheduler and a Lifting Inspector.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

​Jobs of the Week

Site Office Manager, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Job ID#: 13571

Discipline: E&M

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking an experienced Site Office Manager to assist with activities as part of the new MRT Line-1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Job Details:

i. Operation, control, and management of Depot Site Office as office manager.

ii. Liaison with Operations team, i.e. C&I (Construction and Installation), CRO (Construction Railway Operation), HSE (Health, Safety and Environment), T&C (Testing and Commissioning) Managers, monitor, coordination, support and report each team activities, progress and difficulties on each teams aspects.

iii. Liaison with Sub-system Managers, and monitor, coordination, support and report each team activities, progress, and difficulties on each sub-system aspects .

iv. Human Resources' management and report relating to the Depot Site Operation management, and Operation Teams member mobilizations

v. Budget management for investigation of requirement by operation team and sub-system, planning, report and receive approval, support to issue the Kian-sho (Request form), delivery control.

vi. Prepare and develop monthly cash flow repot for depot site office operation, CRO tools and equipment, security guard operation, etc., and canalize forecast of the operation budget and report to the Management.

vii. Project asset management including registration of new goods, take inventory regularly, deletion report after use.

viii. Collect information and propose countermeasures when theft or security accidents occur at depot, stations, and wayside.

ix. Management for purchase and delivery date of tools / equipment related to onsite (CRO, HSE, T&C, Training).

x. Any related tasks instructed by PM (Project Manager), DPM (Deputy Project Manager), and D&EM (Delivery and Engineering Manager)

Job Requirements:

1) Years of Experience

a) Total Year of Project Experience ; Over 15 years

b) Experience as Onsite Operation Manager (Railway construction project is preferable); 5 years

c) Several experiences to complete project as Onsite Operation Manager

d) Experience as C&I or T&C staff (Railway Construction Project is preferable) ; 5 years

e) Good skill for speaking & writing in English (Certificate of English (such as TOIEC) more than 700 points if mother language is not English.)

f) Sufficient knowledge and capabilities of quality assurance and control

Contact: Renee Wade (renee@railpersonnel.com)

Senior Manager - Technical (Track Solutions), Delhi / Noida, India

Job ID#: 13587

Discipline: Permanent Way

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of specialty Suspension & Engineering products for the rail industry in India. They are seeking a Senior Manager - Technical (Track Solutions) to join their team. This position can be based in Delhi or Noida.

Please note that this is not an expat position and open to Indian Nationals only.

Main task

* Be the main design and technical person for all above

* Technical support in Tendering & bidding, EOI's tracking

* QA support for Local manufacturing by the client for foreign partners products.

* Have sufficient experience in understanding railways, metro technical specifications for all above products

* Be the bridge between all client foreign collaborators for understanding Indian technical requirements and communicating to them and preparing clause by clause compliance and documents for satisfying Indian customers.

Agencies / clients to interact with

* Railway Board - engineering, track, civil, infra

* RDSO

* Dmrc, and all metros

* L&T, KEC, kalpataru, Tata projects and all contractors for track construction and forming JV where necessary for tendering

* Systra, DB engg, KRTC - all designers of BLT

Job Requirements:

Qualification : Btech Civil or above

Experience: 10 years

Products knowledge experience

* track fastenings for ballastless mainline, metro and regular fastenings for mainline

* Ballastless solutions like LVT, pre cast slab track, bonded fastenings

* Embedded rail solutions

* MSS - continuous Mat

* Track slab / BLT Design coordination with design houses like Systra, DB engg, KRTC, aegis, Aarvee, Barsyl.

* Good knowledge and understanding of BLT track design

* Noise and vibration mitigation solution knowledge - MSS, floating slab track, isolated slab track, bonded fastening.

Contact: Rajni Tewani (rajni@railpersonnel.com)

Business Head - Track & Infrastructure, Delhi, India

Job ID#: 13588

Discipline: Permanent Way

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of specialty Suspension & Engineering products for the rail industry in India. They are looking for a Business Head - Track & Infrastructure to join their team. This position will be based in Delhi.

Please note that this is not an expat position and open to Indian Nationals only.

Products

1. track fastenings for ballastless mainline, metro and regular fastenings for mainline

2. Ballastless solutions like LVT, pre cast slab track

3. Embedded rail solutions

4. MSS - continuous Mats

Main task

1. P&L responsibility for entire range of products

2. Tendering & bidding, EOI's

3. Local manufacturing / sourcing and where possible use the client's manufacturing

4. Build appropriate size team with technical, sales capability and scale up when necessary

5. Interact with all foreign collaborators to introduce their products in India and manage them to company"s interest.

Agencies / clients to interact with

1. Railway Board - engineering, track, civil, infra

2. RDSO

3. Dmrc, and all metros

4. L&T, KEC, kalpataru, Tata projects and all contractors for track construction and forming JV where necessary for tendering

5. Systra, DB engg, KRTC - all designers of BLT

Job Requirements:

Relevant experience in all areas as highlighted in the above Job Description is required for this role.

Contact: Rajni Tewani (rajni@railpersonnel.com)

(Senior) Planner & Scheduler, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Job ID#: 13585

Discipline: Programming / Scheduling

Language: Chinese & English

Job Description:

*Compilation of all necessary information for tenders, monthly reports and presentation;

*Construction planning and liaising with clients, suppliers, building and facility contractors;

*Submission of an optimum tender programme which can meet the client"s requirements/provision of a workable and cost effective Baseline/Master Programme;

*Involvement in the development and control of Project Work Schedule, such as building works, M&E and Process Systems from concept design to construction/installation to testing and commissioning;

*Inputs the activity information into a project scheduling software and use an iterative process of time analysis to obtain an optimum time schedule;

*Calculates/Estimates the duration of each major construction activity and the resource requirements;

*Determines the optimum sequence of the activities;

*Liaise with other staff & suppliers, visits the site to optimise the planning effort;

*Manage design progress, reporting, authorities matrix and similar management tools;

*When on a project, reports to Project Manager.

* System skill required: P6, Project

* Please attached Chinese and English CV.

* Language skills: Chinese and English (bilingual)

Job Requirements

*Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Building Construction

*5 - 6 years relevant experience

*Experience in construction planning with building related facility

Technical Skills:

*Understanding of Codes and Engineering Standards of International Clients

*Proficient in MS Office in particular Excel, Powerpoint and MS Project

*Primavera P6

Behavioral Skills:

*Clear and structured communication

*Good internal and external networking

*Highly structured, systematic and organised

*Focus and details oriented

*Work independently and professionally with little supervision

*Excellent team work

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (patricia@railpersonnel.com)

Lifting Inspector, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Job ID#: 13583

Discipline: Electrical

Language: Chinese & English

Job Description:

1.License: operator for mobile crane of lifting over 3 tons (test qualified).

2.Experinces: graduate of electrical or mechanical departments, or have experiences of practical crane operation.

3.In charge of the lifting safety plan review, crane inspection and waste material managemen

Job Requirements:

One of following certification required:

1. OSH Officer in Level A

2. Construction OSH Officer in Level A

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (patricia@railpersonnel.com)

Rail News

18 October 2022. United Kingdom. Alstom wins major UK train services contract with Govia Thameslink Railway

Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, today announced that it has signed a new contract with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – one of the UK’s most significant rail franchises – for a services contract worth around €300 million (£256 million). The Technical Support and Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) will run from October 2022 for a period of five years, five months to align with the duration of GTR’s National Rail Contract. That means that Alstom will continue to support the Derby-built Class 377 and Class 387 Electrostar fleets in operation on Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern services into London’s Victoria and King’s Cross stations. Alstom has been a long-term trusted partner to GTR, having already serviced the fleets for nearly 20 years.

Source: Rail UK

18 October 2022. United Kingdom. Largest ever UK pour of carbon-reducing concrete on Euston station site by HS2

The largest ever UK pour of carbon-reducing concrete has been completed on the HS2 Euston station site. A total of 232 m3 of Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC), a material that reduces the amount of carbon embedded into the concrete, saving over 76 tonnes of CO2 overall, was poured at the site by John F Hunt, working for HS2’s station Construction Partner, Mace Dragados Joint Venture, in early September. The EFC product, supplied by Capital Concrete, has been used to create a foundation slab that will support polymer silos used for future piling works at the north of the Euston station site. Whilst the foundation is temporary, it will be in use for two years, and historically would have been constructed with a more traditional cement-based concrete.

Source: Rail Business Daily

18 October 2022. United Kingdom. Bond Street’s new Elizabeth line station to open in under a week

The new Bond Street Elizabeth line station is set to open to passengers next week, on Monday 24 October. Final preparations are underway to get the station looking perfect, before the doors open for the first time to expectant passengers. Staff are busy familiarising themselves with the new set up, and the final few days of trial operations are well underway. As well as practice evacuations, testing fire control systems and alarms, and extensive security checks, signage and wayfinding is being unveiled to direct customers, and a final deep clean of the station is taking place, making sure it looks absolutely tip top in time for its unveiling next week.

Source: Rail Business Daily

17 October 2022. Australia. ARA welcomes $2.7 billion rail commitment

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s $2.7 billion commitment to rail infrastructure, first promised within its $10 billion infrastructure investment and announced ahead of next week’s Federal Budget. The investment includes a $2.2 billion commitment to Victoria’s Suburban Rail Loop and dedicates a further $500 million to the High Speed Rail Authority. ARA Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Wilkie, said the rail industry welcomed this targeted investment to support better transport options in the regions. “The ARA’s 2021 Faster Rail Report found almost ten million additional people will live in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane by 2060, and faster rail services will be essential to support this growth,” Ms Wilkie said.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

15 October 2022. India. Indian Railways accomplishes electrification of 81.51% of the total BG network

Indian Railways has embarked upon an ambitious plan of electrification of its complete Broad Gauge network which would not only result in a better fuel energy usage resulting in increased throughput, reduced fuel expenditure but also savings in precious foreign exchange. During the FY 2022-23, till September 2022, Indian Railways has achieved 851 Route Kilometers (RKMs) as compared to 562 RKMs during the corresponding period of FY 2021-22. It is 51.4% more than the previous year figures of the corresponding period. The target set for electrification during this Financial Year is 6500 RKMs.

Source: Press Network of India

13 October 2022. Turkey. Construction restarts on more links to Istanbul’s second airport

Following the award of a new contract, construction is set to restart on the final extension of Istanbul’s metro Line M4 which serves Sabiha Gökçen airport, and on Line M10 which will provide a through route linking the airport with Pendik main line station and İçmeler further east. The new lines will allow metro services to run directly to Sabiha Gökçen Airport from Pendik and İçmeler, in addition to the M4 trains to the airport from Kadiköy which began October 2.

Source: Metro Report International

12 October 2022. Namibia. Namibia to develop Africa’s first hydrogen-diesel locomotive

A pilot project in Namibia to develop a hydrogen-diesel locomotive was selected to receive funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. A consortium of Hyphen Technical, CMB.TECH, Namibian National Railways TransNamib, the University of Namibia and Traxtion will develop Africa’s first dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel locomotive, with a unique hydrogen storage method. Named HyRail Namibia, the project is expected to be completed in 18 months. The consortium will be led by Hyphen Technical, a company based in Africa which aims to develop the technology for implementing hydrogen as a fuel on rolling stock and other freight vehicles. Two traditional diesel-electric locomotives will be converted to be able to use hydrogen in the internal combustion engines, using hydrogen technology developed over two decades by CMB.TECH. Also, a hydrogen fuel storage car to store fuel for the locomotives will be developed.

Source: RailTech.com

12 October 2022. United States. High-Speed Rail Authority Completes Second Structure in Kings County

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), in collaboration with Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture, today announced the completion of the Kent Avenue Grade Separation – the second high-speed rail overpass to open to traffic in Kings County within the last month. The Kent Avenue Grade Separation is located along Kent Avenue west of State Route 43 and south of Hanford. The overcrossing is 215 feet long, 35 feet wide and takes traffic over the future high-speed rail tracks. Crews placed 12 pre-cast concrete girders spanning 56 to 91 feet long to form the deck of the structure.

Source: California High Speed Rail Authority

11 October 2022. Australia. Perth’s Airport Line rail link opens

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has opened the 8·5 km Airport Line connecting Perth’s eastern suburbs with the central business district via the international airport. Celebrations on October 9 included free travel across the Transperth network, live music, activities for children and a sausage sizzle. The electrified Airport Line diverges from the 1 067 mm gauge Midland Line near Bayswater and runs in twin-bore tunnel to serve three stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central (Perth Airport) and High Wycombe.

Source: Railway Gazette International

11 October 2022. United States. K Line light rail route opens in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority opened the first phase of the light rail K Line on October 7, running on a partly underground alignment from Expo/Crenshaw to Westchester/Veterans with seven stops. Previously known as the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the north-south route forms a branch off Line E in the west of the conurbation, and serves the Hyde Park, Leimert Park, Fairview Heights, Inglewood and Westchester areas. The interchange with Line E at Expo provides connections to the rest of the city’s metro and light rail network.

Source: Metro Report International

10 October 2022. Australia. Hitachi Rail’s innovative signalling to enable 20,000 journeys per day as new Forrestfield-Airport Link opens

Perth’s new underground rail link, equipped with the latest in signalling technology from Hitachi Rail, opened to passengers today, delivering a step change in travel between Perth, the airport, and the wider eastern area. The new connection, Perth’s first rail line to the city’s airport, runs through underground parallel tunnels and features three stations, and is expected to support more than 20,000 passenger journeys in its first year. Commissioned by the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia (PTA), Hitachi Rail designed, tested and installed the entire telecommunications and signalling infrastructure throughout the eight-kilometre tunnel.

Source: Rail UK

7 October 2022. China. Triple metro opening in Hangzhou

Three more sections of metro have been opened in Hangzhou, adding more than 60 km to the network on a single day. The biggest project inaugurated on September 22 was the 55 km fast metro Line 19, known also as the Hangzhou Airport Rail Express. This runs from Hangzhou Xi station in the west to Hangzhou Dong high speed station via the city centre, and then turns turn southeast across the Qiantang River to reach Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, terminating at Yongshenglu. A 4 km western extension to Tiaoxi has yet to open, along with four of the planned 18 stations.

Source: Metro Report International

6 October 2022. United Arab Emirates. Dubai tenders metro extension contracts

THE Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has invited tenders for the construction of two extensions to the city’s metro network, running for a total of 24km and serving 12 new stations. Responsibility for operating and maintaining Dubai’s driverless metro network, along with the Dubai Tram light rail system, was handed to Keolis-MHI1, a Keolis-led joint venture also comprising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHI) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), in September 2021. The Green Line extension would be 20.6km long with 11 new stations, running from the current terminus at Al Jadaf across the Creek to the Dubai Harbour development and then on to Academic City.

Source: International Railway Journal

6 October 2022. Egypt. Alstom Completes Phase 3A of Cairo Metro Line 3

Cairo Metro Line 3 has been inaugurated by Egypt’s Minister of Transport and the Chairman of Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) at a special event attended by representatives from Alstom. This follows Alstom’s completion of Phase 3A: supplying, testing and commissioning the signalling, centralised control and driving modes for four stations from Attaba to Kit Kat. Alstom’s Urbalis is an advanced signalling system designed for larger metro systems with features designed to improve headway and speed. It will enable 30,000 commuters to travel on Line 3 each hour in each direction.

Source: Railway-News