Story image

IBM keeping the AU$11 billion metro tunnel on track

30 Jan 2019

Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) has used IBM’s Continuous Engineering technology to simplify the management for the delivery of the Metro Tunnel Project, the largest ever investment in public transport in Melbourne.

RPV is the Victorian Government body responsible for delivery of the Metro Tunnel. Construction involves four work packages, each delivered by multi-company consortia. 

RPV oversees all aspects of the project including the planning and development of a reference design, site investigations, stakeholder engagement, planning approvals and procurement, through to construction delivery and project commissioning.  

IBM “DOORS Next Generation on Cloud” is a Software-as-a-Service solution implemented by RPV to create a single, collaborative, secure environment to capture, trace, analyse and manage project requirements in real-time while preserving the data privacy and IP of individual organisations delivering the project. 

As well as using DOORS Next Generation for everyday engineering requirements, a key functionality of the solution includes the integration of hazard logs and interface registers – verifying that the controls and requirements are accurately captured by the different parties. 

Instead of gathering updates from disparate systems, the integrated technology enables a real-time, single source of truth that is securely controlled and selectively shared with each organisation depending on their functional areas across the project. This improves project agility, minimises reworks and increases reusability.

IBM A/NZ MD David La Rose says, “The Metro Tunnel is a transformational project for Melbourne. The management of requirements for this incredibly complex engineering project is more easily managed through the use of DOORS Next Generation.  

“As other major infrastructure programs come online around Australia, this continuous engineering approach is becoming the de facto standard.”

The Metro Tunnel project will supposedly free up space in the City Loop to allow more trains to run to and from the suburbs, by taking the trains through a new tunnel under Melbourne. 

It aims to create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west of Melbourne to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east, with twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels, high capacity trains, new generation signalling and five new underground stations. 

The goal is to create capacity on the network to enable more than a half a million additional passengers per week across Melbourne’s train network to use the rail system during the peak periods, creating a less crowded and more reliable train service in and out of the city.

 

Paving the road to self-sovereign identity using blockchain
Internet users are often required to input personal information and highly-valuable data from contact numbers to email addresses to make use of the various platforms and services available online.
How Huawei aims to enhance IP networks
'We believe that the intelligent IP networks built with the four-engine series products can continuously empower users with business intelligence."
Earth Day 2019: How tech firms can support our planet's wellbeing
Six industry experts explain how they - and other tech organisations - can positively contribute to the wellbeing of our earth.
ExaGrid and Zerto announce an integrated solution for backup and recovery
“In an age of continuous digital transformation, businesses require new levels of resilience from their DR and backup solutions."
Huawei announces the launch of Atlas AI
The Huawei Atlas AI computing platform is powered by Huawei's Ascend series AI processors.
Veeam releases v3 of its MS Office backup solution
One of Veeam’s most popular solutions, Backup for Office 365, has been upgraded again with greater speed, security and analytics.
What to expect from the Surface Hub 2S
Microsoft has released details about the next iteration of the Surface Hub featuring mobility, reduced weight and a 85in version in the works.
Too many 'critical' vulnerabilities to patch? Tenable opts for a different approach
Tenable is hedging all of its security bets on the power of predictive, as the company announced general available of its Predictive Prioritisation solution within Tenable.io.