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Extensive ICT needs for new QLD train fleet

by Sam Murphy •
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A large back-office ICT development is part of the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) Project.  NGR is flagged by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) as “the largest single investment by Queensland in trains”. A Request for Tender (RFT) reveals the NGR project will see the deployment of 75 new trains across South-East Queensland. The project timeline extends as far as the next 30 years, including the ongoing maintenance of the fleet of trains.

TMR have issued an RFT for the provision of an ICT Systems Coordinator for the project who will be responsible for the ICT systems needed to facilitate the NGR project. The Coordinator will scope the systems needed to deliver the appropriate functions, lead the procurement process and manage the delivery of the systems. According to tender documents, “High level use cases have been documented and assessed as to the possibility of being delivered through an ICT system”.

The scope of the ICT solution includes:

  • Collaboration, Communication and Document Management;
  • Asset Management;
  • Contract Management;
  • Information Management; and
  • Financial Management.

Each process “can have multiple solutions and may have an interim and a long term solution need”, according to the RFT.

According to a March 2013 Community Update, a purpose-built Maintenance centre for the new train fleet will be based at Wulkuraka in Ipswich. The construction of the centre was due to begin in early 2014 and will be completed over a two-year period. All NGR trains are expected to be in operation from December 2018.

NGR was allocated Capital Expenditure (CapEx) of $121.5 million in the 2012-13 Budget to be spent over the forward estimates period. It is unknown how much is allocated to the ICT component of the project.

The NGR project joins an expanding list of ICT-related projects underway at TMR. It is currently planning to update its transport smartcard under the Next Generation Ticketing Project. TMR’s bus, ferry and rail service coordinator, TransLink issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) in March 2014 to transition the go card from a smart card ticketing system to an account based system. The current card was delivered under a $134 million contract with Cubic Corporation in 2008.

In addition, in March 2014, Queensland Rail issued a Request for Offer (RFO) for a panel of suppliers to provide ICT Delivery and Assurance Services for end-to-end ICT projects as well as reviews of the delivery methods, process and outcomes particularly with regard to its SAP services. The RFO states “It is QR’s intention to continue to rationalise the application portfolio over the next 2-5 years with a focus on improved utilisation of the SAP investment”, operating under a “reuse before buy before build” strategy.

The final significant project is an as-a-service electronic infringement system. TransLink called upon Expressions of Interest (EOI) in March 2014 for a system that will allow officers to issue notices via mobile devices and integrate with a software-as-a-service solution. The mobile device is also to provide wireless access to TMR’s internal Transport Registration and Integrated Licensing System to run backup identity checks, meaning that Wi-Fi would be required at stations and on trains.

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  • QLD
  • IT Services
  • Transport
  • Asset Management
  • Contract Management
  • Financial Management
  • information management
  • New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) Project
  • QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR)
  • Queensland Rail