Rail Safety Certification / Rail Activation / Systems Integration Testing

Our firm is well known as systems integration specialists and for our work in rail safety certification, rail activation, and systems integration testing.  The experience of our staff includes design, construction, testing & commissioning as well as operational experience, and covers all transit subsystems and disciplines.  We have experience in safety certification, rail activation and systems integration for entire transit systems and every subsystem, as well as supporting this process for individual subsystems.  Our experience in every area and discipline of transit system gives our firm a more thorough understanding of the testing & commissioning & acceptance process, to allow us to more quickly and thoroughly complete this process and obtain regulatory agency approval, while ensuring the highest level of system safety and security.  We have written Safety Certification Verification Reports and submitted these to regulatory agencies and obtained approval to begin transit system operations, as well as experience on every activity leading to this approval, including complying with federal, state and local agency requirements.  Our process and experience includes:

  • Safety Certification Management
  • Liason with Regulatory Agencies on behalf of Transit Agencies
  • Certifiable Item/Element List, Tracking through Design, Construction/Testing
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Hazard Classification and Tracking
  • FTA and FRA Compliance
  • Safety and Security Program Plans (SSP)
  • System Safety (& Security) Project Plans (SSPP), Project Specific
  • Preparation/Assembly of Safety Certification Verification Reports submitted to Regulatory Agencies
  • Training/Instruction of Transit Agency & Consultant Staff
  • Design Criteria Development
  • Safety & Security Criteria Development
  • Rail Activation Management
  • Safety Briefings & Instruction
  • Conducting and Tracking Walkthroughs/Inspections
  • Punchlist Preparation & Tracking
  • Contractor Acceptance Testing
  • Coordination with Contractors
  • Integration Testing
  • Systems Integration Testing & Deficiency Lists
  • Central Control Software Testing & Tracking Completion
  • Software Validation/Verification Testing (IEEE)
  • Hazard Classification, Tracking & Closure
  • Operations Coordination/Scheduling
  • Track Allocation Management/Contractor Coordination
  • Training/Instruction of Transit Agency & Consultant Staff
  • Coordination with Certifiable Items List/Safety & Security Design Criteria Tracking
  • High Rail to Wayside Interfaces
  • Train to Wayside Interfaces
  • Rail to Earth Isolation Testing
  • Rail Resistance Testing
  • Negative Return Testing
  • Overhead Contact System Pantograph Clearance Testing
  • Hi-Pot Testing of OCS and Feeders
  • Ground Rod Testing
  • Traction Power Testing & Relay Setting Coordination
  • Multiple Train Start Tests
  • Peak Demand/Substation Out Testing
  • Signal System/Train Control/CBTC Testing
  • Communications/SCADA System Testing
  • Automated Fare Collection System Testing
  • Systems Integration Testing Management
  • Testing Management
  • Conducting or Witnessing Tests
  • Preparation of Test Procedures, Reviewing Test Procedures
  • Test Report Preparation, Test Report Reviews
  • Supplemental Test Procedures not Covered by Contract Requirements to meet agency requirements.
  • End to End Testing, Device Activation
  • Training/Instruction of Transit Agency & Consultant Staff
  • Liason with Regulatory Agencies on behalf of Transit Agencies