The Train Control Management Systems (TCMS) 2019 conference was held in Sydney this week, with a focus on integrating new systems and technology from the train control centre and its associated impact on network operations, communications and staff.

TfNSW Systems Engineering Manager, Malaeka Nadeem, and Shoal Senior Systems Engineer, Donovan Roodt, co-presented on the methodology of understanding the operating environment through pictures as used by TfNSW’s Digital Systems (DS) Program. The DS Program is in the early stages of implementing European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 in-cab signalling to provide improved traffic management leading to automatic train operation on the Sydney rail network.

The methodology presented by TfNSW and Shoal addresses the challenges of creating a common and consistent understanding between stakeholders, baselining operations today and tomorrow and supporting agencies to be informed clients, all of which are universal in nature. Best practice Model-Based Systems Engineering techniques that were used addresses these challenges by communicating, visualising, structuring and simplifying information for the DS Program. TfNSW and Shoal have worked closely together to develop, implement and realise the benefits of the methodology that Malaeka and Donovan shared.