What is systems engineering in the rail sector?
We view the railway as a ‘system of systems’, with each component merely part of a larger, more complex whole.
This means we look at railways not just as vehicles and tracks, but a complex collection of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, of centralised control centres and safety-critical software, of maintenance workshops and open passenger environments.
Seamlessly integrating these systems into a safe, high-performance railway requires not only expertise of specialist disciplines, but also a deep understanding of their inter-dependencies with other technologies, sub-systems, human interaction and management processes.
How we can help you with systems engineering
Bringing extensive experience of systems engineering on major rail projects around the world, we can help your teams apply the systematic processes to ensure engineering projects deliver a positive contribution to the wider rail system.
We offer a wide range of services to enable the integration of individual components through to the development of entire railways. These include:
- Requirements management
- Configuration management
- Digital resilience
- Design management
- Installation management
- Verification and validation
- Functional safety
- Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM)
- Human factors
- System commissioning
Each specialist area can be provided individually or as part of a multi-discipline 'package' of systems engineering support throughout the whole life-cycle of your project.
How you will benefit from our systems engineering support
From the outset, we will work with your teams to establish the full scope of your requirements and to assess the broader performance, maintenance and operational implications of your project.
By applying proven systems engineering techniques, such as those set out in ISO 26702, the published international standard, we will help you develop the systems engineering processes that will enable you to control risks within the schedule, and provide assurance that you will remain on track to achieve your intended outcomes.