Taming complexity on major rail projects with a collaborative systems engineering approach

There has been a significant increase in demand for railway passenger and freight services in most regions of the world. Consequently major projects are being planned and built to improve passenger services, safety, and reliability in response to a demand for higher capacity and performance. Advanced design and construction technologies are increasingly being seen as a means to assist in responding more quickly to growing customer requirements. Many railway projects suffer with common problems, which usually result in increased cost and/or schedule delays. Within a highly competitive environment, rail projects are rarely able to deliver the required long-term operational performance benefits while satisfying short-term project delivery objectives. Often, a railways ongoing operational performance is compromised to fulfil short-term project delivery objectives and overall quality and performance is eroded. If the impact of such compromise is understood, significant efforts are made to ensure that the project delivers what is required, but these efforts increase the project’s cost and/or delay its schedule, to the detriment of the project objectives and business case. This paper discusses how a collaborative, systems engineering driven approach provides project teams with a reliable method of delivering a major rail project effectively in a competitive environment.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 9p.
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2010, the rail plan: where? 23-24 November 2010, Perth, WA, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01516950
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:00PM