HS2 launches tender for systems enabling remote monitoring

HS2 launched a tender on Monday to deliver the Engineering Management System (EMS) for the new UK high-speed railway. The system will enable remote supervisory control of railway assets and provide real-time data. The contract is worth 57.9 million euros, and the shortlists are set to be announced in the summer with contract award in 2022.

The HS2 new contract opportunity covers the design, manufacture, installation, integration, testing and commissioning of an integrated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) solution. This will enable the status of HS2’s railway assets and systems to be monitored in real time from the Network Integrated Control Centre in Birmingham and other key locations. The system will facilitate both the operation and maintenance of the railway.

Real-time monitoring

The Engineering Management System (EMS), which is mainly a software system, will provide an integrated SCADA layer by consolidating multiple SCADA systems from multiple domains and contracts. It will be used for monitoring across the whole network. The contract also includes up to 25 years of technical support for the system.

Worth an estimated 65 million pounds (57.9 million euros), the EMS will be an advanced system, using diagnostic and analytical functionality for predictive maintenance. This should enable problems to be identified before they occur, with great advantages for the efficiency and capacity.

Condition of the infrastructure

“HS2’s Engineering Management System will play a crucial role in the operation and maintenance of the network, allowing operational personnel and engineers to monitor and analyse the condition of the infrastructure in real time”, said David Poole, HS2 Ltd’s Procurement and Commercial Director. “This data will make it possible for maintenance to be planned in advance allowing HS2 to run some of the most reliable services anywhere in the world.”

The construction of HS2 is split into three phases – Phase One linking London and the West Midlands; Phase 2a linking the West Midlands and the North via Crewe; and Phase 2b completing the railway to Manchester and Leeds. Although still far away – Phase One will open between 2029 and 2033 – 15,000 people have already worked on HS2. Poole: “With construction now well underway, these new contract opportunities are another important opportunity for companies across the UK to get involved in delivering Britain’s new high speed rail line”.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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