Ricardo Rail (formerly Lloyd’s Register Rail) was appointed to provide the Safety Verification Engineer (SVE) Certification for a new four line system in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in November 2009.
The scope of our work involved conducting a thorough review of safety documentation — safety cases, hazard logs and risk assessments — focusing in particular on “high-risk” areas across the entire system, including rolling stock, station equipment, power supplies, signalling, track and depot maintenance equipment. The scope also covered operational plans, procedures and rules for safe running of the metro.
The final SVE Report set out the key measures — procedures and managerial systems etc. — that have been put in place to manage risks across the system.
We also managed evidence in support of the project’s Safety Case, including: hazard identification; safety and environmental policies; records management; legal requirements; documented roles, responsibilities and authorities; training commitments. It also outlined emergency preparedness such as accident reporting and investigation procedures.
In order to meet the project’s deadlines — with only 20 months between detailed design and the opening of Phase I — we assembled a team of key specialists from across our Asia and UK teams to work from our local bases in Dubai and Jeddah.
The pace of the metro’s rapid construction was, in part, driven by the need to reduce congestion during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, when around 3.5 million pilgrims visit the region. The system also provides year-round transportation services for local residents.