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Adelaide A-City Class 4000 Electric Passenger Trains

Adelaide A-City Class 4000 Electric Passenger Trains

Bombardier Transportation Australia has supplied 22 A-City Class 4000 electric passenger trains to the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). DPTI specified over 1,000 system requirements and a range of standards against which the solution has to be demonstrably verified.

Nova Systems was engaged by BTA to establish an integrated Requirements Management function, including tailoring of processes and establishing a baseline of the system requirements. Using best-practice in Requirements Management, Nova Systems devise a risk-oriented approach that fully integrated the system requirements with verification including design review, quality inspections, formal testing of rolling stock, certification and acceptance activities.

Nova Systems performed a requirement compliance assessment to determine risk areas for the project. High risk areas were worked through by BTA with the client, and a staged approach was created to enable progressive verification of system requirements, and reducing the risk of compliance before the completion of design. Nova Systems also prepared the Verification Plan, which took the requirements of the Acceptance standard and mapped out verification schedule-of-activities to match.

This planning gave BTA and DPTI the shared roadmap to progressively complete acceptance by identifying what was required from each and at which sub-stage of the project. The key to success for this project was the use of a proper Requirement Management tool to analyse and track requirements, performs validation against customer needs, examines the risk of compliance at an early stage, and allows for two-way communication to reduce compliance risk to an acceptable level.

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Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water and utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager within Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Jim Kira

Program Manager - Transport

Jim is responsible for strategic direction and growth of Nova’s Transport Program encompassing rail, ...

Jim is responsible for strategic direction and growth of Nova’s Transport Program encompassing rail, ferries, ports, automotive and autonomous vehicles. Jim’s background includes aerospace engineering, systems engineering and project management in Defence and senior commercial and operations management experience in the Finance and Renewables industries in Australia, the U.K. and Europe.

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Nick Kemp

Group Chief Strategy & Capability

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible ...

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Strategy, Capability and Marketing functions.  In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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