Our work

Downer - Sydney Growth Trains (SGT)

Systems safety assurance for new trains 2017 to 2018

The challenge

As part of the $1.5 billion More Trains, More Services program, the Sydney Growth Trains project aims to provide customers with a new fleet of 24 eight-car comfortable, air-conditioned trains.

What we did

We were heavily involved in the designing and implementing the system safety assurance program for the project. Our consultants provided design safety assurance for the new rolling stock and management of dynamic testing safety activities.

The outcome

The Sydney Growth Trains project has delivered 24 modern, double decked trains to the people of Sydney, with a further 17 trains in production. It is the fastest ever delivery of trains from contract signing to passenger service in Australia.

Downer - Waratah and SGT ATP (European Train Control System) Project

Providing Systems Safety leadership for the SIL4 rated ATP (European Train Control System) upgrade of the Waratah Train Fleet (A-Sets) and SGT (B-Sets)

The challenge

As part of the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) Project, the $120M Waratah ATP upgrade is required to provide additional safety benefits and more reliable services by ensuring trains operate within the permitted speed limit.

What we did

We were the system safety consultant for the project, providing specialist expertise to ensure the safe implementation of this critical safety system. Our consultants provided design safety assurance for the new ETCS system including management of all software safety aspects.

The outcome

The ATP project has completed design work and commenced installation of the integrated ETCS system.  The project will contribute to the safety of passengers when travelling on the A and B Sets, which together make up around 50% of the Sydney Trains Fleet.

Integrated management system development

Safety management systems certification 2017 certified

The challenge

A large company working at the forefront of facilities management in high profile industries required a new management system to allow certification to international standards.

What we did

Developed a fully integrated management system and assisted the client with certification to ISO 9001, 18001 and AS4801.

The outcome

The client has doubled their size due to new contract wins, helped by their certified and integrated management system.

Yarra Trams - Safety management system improvement

Safety management systems update 2017

The challenge

In preparation for a refranchising exercise, this major Australian tram operator required updates to its Safety Management System.

What we did

Developed Engineering Safety Assurance, Human Factors and Fatigue Management Programs and Procedures.

The outcome

The client has improved their maturity and systems in relation to Engineering Safety Assurance, Human Factors and Fatigue Management.

Instrument landing system (ILS) cat IIIb upgrade

Perth airport systems safety assurance 2015 to 2016

The challenge

While fog is a relatively uncommon occurrence at Perth Airport, each year, around a dozen such weather situations arise and cause significant and costly disruptions to operations and air services.

What we did

Plan Safe consultants provided systems and software safety assurance to the ILS and lighting system changes. Perth Airport manages up to 400 flight movements per day and needed to remain operational throughout construction.

The outcome

With the Category I to a Category IIIB lighting and aerodrome upgrade now in place, Perth Airport is now more attractive for long-haul flights, and even secured the highly-anticipated Qantas direct flight to London.

Mt Barrow communications tower replacement

Systems safety assurance for infrastructure 2015 to 2016

The challenge

Aging air navigation and communications infrastructure required replacing at the highest mountain in Tasmania.

What we did

We provided system safety assurance services for the design and construction of the replacement tower and associated infrastructure.

The outcome

A new tower was able to be constructed using helicopters, while maintaining full coverage of navigation and communications services throughout the build.
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