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29.02.16

Crossrail to share lessons learned with infrastructure industry

Crossrail have launched a new website to share lessons learned from the project with the wider UK infrastructure industry.

The Crossrail Learning Legacy project will share material such as technical papers, peer-reviewed case studies and procedures, dealing with topics including health and safety, project management, engineering and the environment, on a special website, which can be viewed here.

The website, which will be updated every six months, launched at an industry event on Friday.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail chief executive, said: “Passing on the lessons and good practice that we have learned at Crossrail is an absolutely essential part of raising the bar in the delivery of major projects.

“With an unprecedented number of infrastructure schemes around the corner, now is the time to start sharing what we have learned so the UK can build on its reputation for delivering safely, on time and on budget.”

It was also announced last week that Crossrail is to be named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen.

The central section of the east-west railway, which will allow 24 trains an hour in both directions to run across London and the south east and eventually stretch from Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood, is due to open in 2018.

The most recent edition of RTM includes an interview with Crossrail railway systems construction manager Greg Purcell who discussed the complex task of fitting out the new £14.8bn railway’s tunnels.

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Andrew G   29/02/2016 at 21:55

After Crossrail 1 or known as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Line is to be completed and opened in 2018/19. Work may also start on constructing the new Crossrail 2 known as Chelsney Line or it could be named as Catherine Line as another royal name is to be honored for Crossrail 2.

Martin Young   03/03/2016 at 09:41

How refreshing the statement is! This is Systems Engineering at it's best, and capable of breaking down the contract 'confidential' silos that have existed for far too long. One of the major lessons learnt that has to be shared, must be how Requirements Management has been conducted throughout the project life cycle, in terms of Verification and Validation, development of Systems Architecture Schematics, and the associated Reliability Block Diagrams and Failure Mode Event and Cause Analysis tables, and Systems Integration. Other industries, such as the nuclear, aviation, shipbuilding, and military use Systems Engineering techniques and procedures as a matter of course. Unfortunately, the UK rail industry has suffered a culture lag in embracing and using Systems Engineering techniques to it's cost. As is known: the content of BS EN 50126 is a rail specific mandated document, and therefore cannot be ignored, as 'we' move into the 'Digital Railway' age.

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