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Digital Engineering for Parramatta Light Rail

Digital Engineering for Parramatta Light Rail

By 2036, more than half of all Sydney residents will call Western Sydney home, a population shift that is pulling the heart of metropolitan Sydney to the west. The majority of the growth will be seen in Greater Parramatta to the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP), and primarily within several precincts including Westmead, Parramatta North, Parramatta CBD, Camellia, Telopea and Rydalmere.

A key element of the future transport network announced by the NSW Government is the development of the Parramatta Light Rail network. This $2.4 billion project will deliver a new light rail system for Western Sydney, with Stage 1 of this network the 12km alignment between Westmead and Carlingford, via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.

Nova Systems is proud to be providing the engineering systems and safety assurance for the Infrastructure Works, on behalf of CPB Contractors and Downer EDI Works Joint Venture (CPBDJV). The Nova team are implementing two digital engineering tools that have been developed in-house, to manage the systems and safety assurance on this complex project – Requirements Assurance and Validation Suite (RAVS) and VirtuAssure. These two tools provide Nova the ability to efficiently and effectively manage the compliance and assurance requirements, and work in a more integrated fashion throughout the project.

As the project is approaching the Detailed Design Phase (DDR), these tools are proving invaluable to the project in ensuring quick turn-around times on verification activities and providing extracted reports for various submissions.

Nova Systems is implementing its valuable experience in rail safety by actively engaging with both the design joint venture (WSPA) and CPBDJV to develop the safety case in conjunction with other safety assurance activities for the Infrastructure Work of the Parramatta Light Rail Project.

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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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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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