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Automatic Train Protection

Automatic Train Protection

The Automatic Train Protection (ATP) Program will implement a Level 1 limited supervision application of the European Train Control System (ETCS), that will provide additional safety through speed supervision whilst relying on the existing signalling system to provide movement authorities to trains.

The ATP upgrade will be installed as an adjunct to the existing signalling system, to provide an additional layer of protection through automated braking intervention. These upgrades will increase safety of the network and enable further optimisation of rail usage that will allow more services to be safely operated on the existing network.

Nova Systems has provided engineering systems and safety assurance for the ATP system, through the principal engineering contractor Downer EDI, for design, implementation and commissioning of the ATP system from Berowra to Wickham. This project, being the first in a staged roll out across the entire Sydney and interconnected network, faced many challenges including:

  • evolving engineering standards and compliance frameworks;
  • developing competency and accreditation processes; and
  • evolving scope of roll out.

Throughout these challenges Nova Systems has contributed to the successful delivery of ATP upgrade through collaboration with our customer and the asset owner, resulting in successful completion of works in early 2020.


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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