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Safety Assurance for Newcastle Light Rail

Safety Assurance for Newcastle Light Rail

As a part of a $650 million program to revitalise the Newcastle city centre and waterfront, and to deliver better transport mobility, a wire-free light rail system will be introduced as part of the Newcastle Light Rail (NLR) sub-project in a step towards an energy efficient and sustainable mode of transport.  This Australian first, wire-free light rail project will deliver a high capacity, frequent service through the city centre.

Nova Systems has been providing engineering systems and safety assurance of the entire NLR project, on behalf of Downer EDI Group – the managing contractor and systems integrator, since the commencement of detailed design activities in December 2016. In addition, Nova Systems has managed the implementation of a new Asset Information Management System for the project’s fixed infrastructure and fleet of six Urbos 100 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs).

The arrival of the first LRV from Spain on Tuesday 11 September 2018, signified a key milestone as the project now enters into the critical and exciting test and commissioning phase, during which Nova Systems will be providing test and commissioning management services.

For the first time in the Australian transport sector, Nova Systems introduced its Requirements Assurance and Validation Suite (RAVS) to assist the testing of the LRVs built by CAF.  With public operations commencing in February 2019, the Nova Systems RAVS tool will effectively and efficiently facilitate requirements compliance and assurance throughout the test and commissioning phase of the project.

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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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Iain MacDonald

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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