The strong and ongoing relationship between SMART and Sydney Trains has resulted in the delivery of an urgent project.

A team lead by Honorary Professor Peter Campbell was engaged by Sydney Trains to conduct a high-level reliability, availability and maintenance (RAM) analysis.

The analysis looked at the interdependence of subsystems at the Rail Operations Centre as affected by power supply and distribution.

“The model that we were commissioned to deliver looked at what happens when power is degraded, or is lost altogether,” Professor Campbell said.

“We looked at the effect on the relevant mechanical, hydraulic and operations technology, as well as fire and safety systems.”

Tools such as Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) or any other relevant methodologies were developed in a model based systems engineering approach.

This allowed a detailed evaluation of the reliability, availability and maintainability of the Rail Operations Centre in relation to electricity supply to be provided to Sydney Trains.

“We were asked to do this research because we had already had another contract with Sydney Trains, which is looking at the development and integration of their entire asset system,” Professor Campbell said.

“This includes all the tracks, rolling stock, electrical supply, bridges, structures and signalling systems.”

Professor Campbell said the project was delivered ahead of time, and that he was hopeful that SMART would receive more work from Sydney Trains in the near future.

“We have a very good reputation for delivering what they need – and they knew they needed the kind of expertise that we can offer for a long time,” he said.