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A Guiding Mind

9 November 2016

All too often business and programme strategies evolve over time and incrementally twist and turn from the tenet of the original business drivers and key objectives.

It is becoming more common place that industries that need to rethink their overarching strategies should adopt the concept of a "guiding mind" to ensure all aspects are considered and integrated from the top down.

This approach is particularly applied to the railway industry where there are many contributory factors that make up a railway system, from the trains and signalling, to the infrastructure and depots, as well as the operational and maintenance regimes. For the railway system to operate effectively and efficiently all of these aspects must be considered in equal measure.

To overcome the current crowding on railway networks in the UK, particularly in London, there has been a focus on introducing new major lines, such as Crossrail, line extensions, such as the Northern Line out to Battersea, and major upgrades on existing lines to increase the performance and capacity, such as the Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines. Each of these major undertakings requires a "guiding mind" to ensure that the project requirements are delivered and the outcomes realised.

CPC Systems, our rail engineering business, is becoming increasingly involved in ensuring that project requirements are meeting the strategic objectives of our clients.

We are successfully helping clients achieve tangible capacity and performance benefits by combining top down strategic guiding mind principles balanced with bottom up big data analysis which involves measuring and understanding the current performance of assets and their interfaces at a granular telegram level to gain a full understanding of how they are performing as part of the wider system.

Our team is adept at analysing the performance of signalling, train control and rolling stock systems, thus providing clients with clear direction on how to ensure they most effectively achieve the benefits a new system brings or how to improve the capacity and performance of their existing systems. Our proprietary rail diagnostic tool (RDT) and other diagnostic modelling tools have enabled our clients to introduce condition based maintenance regimes that have driven a wide range of benefits from failure prevention through to leaner maintenance schedules.

Our key challenge moving forwards is to convince clients that by applying a guiding mind combined with a bottom up assets and systems based approach tangible improvements can be delivered that realise significant benefits for modest costs and far less disruption to the operational railway.

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