Network Rail Anglia – E&P Support for Renewals

Overview of Deliverables

Vertex are currently supporting Network Rail (NR) E&P Works Delivery (WD) on Eastern Region. The Route Asset Manager (RAM) has identified a programme of signalling power upgrades valued at £11m.

Work has initially commenced on the Anglia Route which forms part of Eastern Region, managed by Rob McIntosh. Vertex have been employed to provide guidance to the WD team in the application of Engineering Management standards to ensure integration and delivery of engineering products sourced from the Principal Contractor within the design phase of the project. This provides assurance of compliance with the requirements of the Guide to Railway Investment Projects (GRIP), relevant standards and regulatory obligations and is ultimately capable of acceptance back onto the network safely and on time.

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We implemented a robust Inter-disciplinary Design Check (IDC) and Inter-disciplinary Design Review (IDR) process, which identified multiple errors with the application of the design, methodology and maintainability of the end product which has saved significant re-work.

Deliverables Included

Vertex have provided technical guidance and engineering oversight to the client, to ensure that the system being introduced was safe, cost effective and met the Performance, Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (PRAMS) requirements as specified.

A high-level summary on the works included are:

  • Facilitate Route Requirements (RDD) review and update
  • Facilitate Detailed Design Review, inclusive of interfacing disciplines
  • Conduct a CSM-RA significance assessment
  • Produce a survey plan for the locations identified
  • Produce a delivery plan for the identified works
  • Manage installation works in line with delivery plan and meeting RRD

Technical competencies applied in the delivery of the contract

Vertex Engineers employed the following competencies during these works;

  • Technical knowledge of the proposed systems in question, incorporating years of experience in project development, delivery and the Signalling Power asset class
  • Workbank Management experience to multiple disciplines to ensure efficient and safe planning and priorities management
  • Experience of Programme Engineering Management Standards (NR/L2/INI/02009)
  • Systems Engineering- appreciating the impact of the proposed solution in terms of its whole-life implementation. This included Project Management, Stakeholder liaison and influence, in order to drive the project forward on the agreed timescales whilst maintaining stakeholder confidence
  • Expertise in imbedding current legislations and regulation practices such as the Common Safety Method (CSM) into infrastructure projects
  • Experience in Risk Assessment and Risk Management such as the (As Low As Reasonably Practicable) ALARP principles

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