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Removable Second Driver Station

Removable Second Driver Station

UGL enhanced their standard locomotive by offering a Removable Second Driver Station (RSDS) in the driver cabin.

The existing locomotive was either fitted with a fixed second driver station or with a dummy structure with no functionality, that is an obstruction in the cabin. The RSDS provided operators of the standard locomotive the ability to reconfigure the locomotive from mainline operation to intermodal operation and back by installing or removing the RSDS.

UGL engaged Nova Systems to provide the design of the RSDS, the installation methodology and all associated systems engineering tasks, such as integration, requirements management and logistics.

Nova assessed the operation requirements from UGL, the operators and the drivers, some of which had conflicts to be addressed, such as weight and the ability to install/remove through the cabin door.

Nova worked with UGL to modulise the existing design by working through the design lifecycle and presenting a number of design reviews to show how the requirements are all satisfied and how the modulised design has the ability to be easily installed and removed.

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Figure 1: Modular design

In the removed state, the key requirements of sealed blanking plates and no holes on the floor were met to allow cleaning and maintenance by operators. The Nova modular design allows the RSDS to be operated in the same manner as the fixed second driver station, thus removing the need for training and additional familiarisation by drivers and the operators.

During the customer acceptance phase UGL senior management commented that they didn’t know which second driver station was fixed and which was removable, which was deemed a huge success for all parties.

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 Figure 2: The Installed RSDS

 

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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:

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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

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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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Transport Business Development Lead

Reporting to the GM-Integrated Solutions, Iain is responsible for Building relationships with industry and government within the Transport Sector,...

Reporting to the GM-Integrated Solutions, Iain is responsible for Building relationships with industry and government within the Transport Sector, whilst supporting the development of Nova’s capability to meet the
changing demands and requirements of the industry.  Iain is a Senior Systems Engineer and Safety Assurance Manager, having worked across the UK and Europe, USA, the Middle East and Australia.  Iain has over 25 years in
Nuclear, Vehicle Test, Defence – Land and Air, Air Traffic Control and Transport

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