White paper: managing complexity in rail supply using proven systems engineering methods

Things are changing fast in the rail supply chain.  With £35 billion expected to be spent on new services and equipment in the United Kingdom (UK) alone – a supply chain expansion of 140 percent – the market looks set for a steady period of growth.


This investment comes at a time when the British rail network is being transformed by technologies like cab signalling and condition-based maintenance.  The opportunities are there for those ready to step up and take them, but cutting-edge engineering has never been more important.


For rail suppliers, every positive development seems to come with corresponding risk.  There’s a huge amount of investment to be won right now, but in rail, every feast costs you a famine.  Ill-considered long-term investment in your engineering capabilities can leave you exposed when the good times stop.


We feel that it’s time to talk about different ways the rail supply industry can approach big picture thinking in engineering, and this white paper is the result.


This white paper aims to put modern-day rail engineering under the spotlight and explores key areas to which rail suppliers may accelerate projects, reduce costs and improve quality.


At a Glance Technical Articles:


  • Integrated Supply Chain in Rail: introduce a single source of truth to your supply chain.  Read More.
  • Reducing Risk in Complex Developments: using a development process which is better able to anticipate risk.  Read More.
  • Improving Overall Product, System and Asset Quality: ensuring the best quality outputs at all tiers of the rail supply chain.  Read More.
  • Improved Project Management: via effective information exchange.  Read More.
  • Streamlining Engineering Methods: using systems engineering methods to respond and adapt. Read More.

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