Adelaide-based company Sydac has won a $30 million contract to build and maintain a series of driver simulators for the Indian Government-owned railways. The contract, which is the largest of its type in the world in terms of both scale and value, involves the manufacture of 12 full cab train driver simulators and 72 smaller simulators. Each of the 12 cab simulators is integrated with the latest generation full motion base, similar to that supplied to Railcorp in Sydney.
The United Kingdom’s High Speed 2 (HS2) line, initially to link London with the country’s Midlands, will be a nation-building project that will change the face of the country and how it does business. Work on the £42 billion, two-stage project is due to start in 2017 and will initially link Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham, with the capital cutting journey time to about 50 minutes. Andrew McNaughton, technical director of HS2, was a keynote speaker at the Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure conference and Be Inspired infrastructure awards in London, said the project would underpin growth in the UK economy.
AusRAIL 2014 in Perth focussed on innovation, and particularly how to implement the rapidly expanding digital technology dimension and most presentations dealt with the acquisition and management of information leading to decision support and efficiencies for the industry. More than 600 delegates attended despite this being the “small” version of the annual event including 13 CEOs at the CEO forum.