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ATMS Specialist Systems Integration and Test

ATMS Specialist Systems Integration and Test

Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), have developed an Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) that will increase rail capacity, provide greater operational flexibility and will improve the safety of Australia’s rail freight network.

Advanced in-locomotive technology provides the precise real-time location of trains, allowing ARTC to significantly increase the amount of freight traffic that can travel on their existing rail network. Via the ATMS, train crews are advised of speed restrictions and are made aware of track work locations and the ATMS enforces movement and speed authorities, resulting in safer operations across the interstate network. Finally, the ATMS lowers operational and maintenance costs by eliminating trackside signalling and greatly reducing complex trackside infrastructure.

As part of the initial deployment of the ATMS, Lockheed Martin is required to undertake an extensive program of Systems Integration Testing (SIT), Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) to demonstrate that all the safety and operationally critical requirements of the ATMS are being met.

Nova Systems has been engaged to support this program by providing specialist systems integration and test engineers who are able to quickly and seamlessly assimilate within the existing project team.  Nova Systems’ engineers are undertaking various activities including quality assurance oversight, executing defined test procedures, updating and revising test artefacts and various software assurance activities.

Nova Systems’ significant capabilities and flexibility in supporting this program of activities is highly valued by the client and has been critical in ensuring that key milestones have been met.


Key People

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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Peter Tippner

General Manager - Operations APAC

Peter is responsible for the strategic resourcing and operations management of the Nova Systems - Asia Pacific division. ...

Peter is responsible for the operations management and strategic resourcing of the Nova Systems – Asia Pacific division. With over 18 years of aviation and defence experience, Peter previously served in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot and a Qualified Test Pilot. He is a Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and holds a Bachelor of Science from UNSW.

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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);
  • 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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