Case Study

Manila Metro Requirements Capture

Manila Metro Requirements Capture
Published: 12 January 2021 Client name: Hyundai Rotem Service provided: Requirements capture

Development and population of a requirements database.

Manila's Metro Rail Transit System Line 7 (MRT-7) is a rapid transit route under construction in the north eastern districts of the Philippine capital.

The mostly elevated 22.8km line will serve 14 stations between San Jose del Monte City and Quezon City, two of the most populous areas within metropolitan Manila.

In January 2016 Hyundai Rotem was announced as the supplier of rolling stock, signalling, communications and power supplies for the route. With the manufacturer’s responsibilities extending across various complex sub-systems and disciplines, Ricardo was subsequently appointed to provide technical support for the duration of the project.

Central to our remit was to oversee requirements management and verification and Validation work to help Hyundai Rotem and its supply chain link their design evidence to the metro system’s full specifications and requirements.

Key challenges


Our experts oversaw the development of the requirements database and the collection of data from multiple disciplines, including rolling stock, signalling and communications.


When the database was in place, our team developed a Systems Engineering Requirements Specification and adapted the documentation into a Design Requirements Specification provided to the supply chain to ensure consistency in all provided components and sub-systems.

Gap analysis

Alongside developing the specifications, our experts helped to conduct gap analyses to identify requirements that were not being satisfied.

Database of key system specifications

As best practice shows, when management tools and processes are put in place early, risks can be captured and addressed at a much lower cost.

So our teams began by establishing a database to reliably track the key system specifications and provide a methodical process for suppliers to reference any evidence against design requirements.

Since then, we have worked closely with Hyundai Rotem and its supply chain to make sure relevant drawings, calculations, simulations and documents are captured at an appropriate quality and are retrievable on demand for later assurance work.

We will continue to support the line’s development until the anticipated start of services in 2021/22.

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