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Sydney Metro Systems and Safety Assurance

Sydney Metro Systems and Safety Assurance

John Holland and Laing O’Rourke are undertaking a Joint Venture (JHGLOR JV) on the Sydenham Station and Junction (SSJ) re-modelling project. The SSJ project is part of the broader Sydney Metro project, Australia’s first fully automated rapid transit system, with SSJ being one of the key interchanges between the CBD and southern Sydney.

Nova Systems was engaged by Laing O’Rourke to provide Systems and Safety Assurance support to the project. Due to the project staging and the design being delivered in multiple stages, Nova Systems is working closely with the Aurecon-GHD joint venture (AGJV) design houses to develop a progressive safety case for the project, delivering Safety Assurance Statements (SAS) and Safety Assurance Reports (SAR).  The SAS and SAR support each configuration change introduced by the project and allow the JHLOR to proceed to the next phase of project delivery.

With multiple stakeholders involved in the project, including Sydney Metro, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and Sydney Trains, Nova Systems worked closely with each to produce an integrated safety case to ensure that all stakeholders were aware of their responsibilities in the project’s safety argument. A key element of the safety argument was the development of a unique security risk assessment that focused on hostile threats to members of public at Sydenham station. Additionally, SSJ is the only metro line in the world that provides a grade 4 level of automation which runs at ground level without any separation protection via a viaduct or a tunnel. Accordingly, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art security fencing with intrusion detection systems were designed to provide the required level of security protection for the network.

Nova Systems worked in close cooperation with the AGJV and the Sydney Metro Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to provide a safety case that met the Sydney Metro security requirements.


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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