Systems engineering

Systems engineering

A 'System of systems'

We view the railway as a ‘system of systems’, with each component merely part of a larger, more complex whole.

This means we look beyond just train and track to an ecosystem that is also comprised of safety-critical hardware and software, digital communications, energy sources, maintenance depots and passenger environments. Our services therefore extend across a wide range of specialist disciplines necessary for the optimum performance of the entire railway.

Our expertise lies not only in the application of each discipline in isolation, but also in our understanding of their interfaces and inter-dependencies with other sub-systems and processes. In this way, we bring a holistic view to every assignment we undertake: establishing the full scope of requirements; assessing the broader performance, testing and manufacturing implications; and constantly validating against the original requirements agreed at the outset.

Services include

  • Project management
  • Procurement and tender support
  • Requirements management
  • Configuration management
  • Digital resilience
  • Supplier quality assurance
  • Functional safety
  • Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM)
  • Human factors
  • Software assurance
  • Noise and vibration
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Fire engineering
  • Investigative testing
  • Test support

Our systems engineering portfolio includes over 1,000 projects across Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East, ranging from overseeing the introduction of new rolling stock into service through to the construction of entire rail systems.