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Installation of the Internal Emergency Door Release onto Oscar Trains

Installation of the Internal Emergency Door Release onto Oscar Trains

In January 2003, a RailCorp OSCAR suburban train driver suffered a heart attack and lost control of a train. The train derailed and overturned, resulting in seven fatalities, numerous injuries, and survivors who were trapped inside the train for a considerable time. A Special Commission of Inquiry recommended that all RailCorp trains be fitted with an Internal Emergency Door Release (IEDR) that could be operated by passengers in an emergency.

Nova Systems was engaged by RailCorp to design the installation of the IEDR onto the OSCAR train. The Nova Systems tasks focussed on the installation design, design supervision of the prototype installation and design completion for full fleet installation. One key challenge was the parallel activities of the design of the IEDR occurring simultaneously with the design of the installation by Nova Systems. This presented issues of changing data and changing requirements that needed careful management and focus on an installation design that was adaptable to change.

Nova Systems gained an in-depth understanding of the OSCAR trains mechanical and electrical design, and the interfacing OSCAR subsystems. A deep knowledge of the human factors aspects was gained and applied to ensure that the installed IEDR would be fully usable and compatible with RailCorp requirements. A safety program was performed to ensure that the risks were kept as low as reasonably possible.

The importance of open communication with customers and partners has been reinforced by this project. Customer communication, as in most projects, was a key to success and included not only UGL Rail, but also RailCorp as the end customer and Downer EDI Rail as a key partner company.

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Bret Barton

Head Progressive Businesses

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both establish...

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group 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 the businesses and programs which form the Progressive Business division.  These include the:

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

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

Bret 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

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. 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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