Advanced Systems Integration in Major Rail Projects

01 August 2015

Abstract

The paper discusses the primary drivers for technological change in railways and examines a new means for integrating complex systems in rail projects whilst meeting customer expectations and securing optimum stakeholder engagement throughout the project life-cycle. The added commercial pressures to shrink timescales in order to secure early revenue income are adding to delivery challenges.

Building on lessons from global rail projects a dedicated function of a Systems Integration Authority (SIA) is introduced to sustain aligned delivery to customer requirements and oversee the system integration processes. This would support safe, timely, de-risked and cost-effective delivery whilst enhancing quality of output.

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