Global Rail Construction Limited Introduce Real Time Paperless Technology at Feltham

Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) are pleased to announce the delivery of our promise to our client Network Rail, with the exciting introduction of a new online digital construction platform for its Feltham Phases 3-4 Advanced Civils Project. Its winning bid was based upon the provision of paperless technology as part of its UK operational drive towards sustainable, carbon neutral contracting.

From a bespoke list of requirements, our partner innDex has taken many of our existing paper-based site processes and procedures from a paper based, manual process and moved them into a real time application, which is now at the fingertips of our whole workforce.

As a rail business, compliance, processes and procedures are at the heart of what GRCL does and crucial to the delivery of our projects to the expected standards of every client. This platform brings together communication and decision making in real time, whereby GRCL will have at their fingertips, the full picture of each and every project delivered and be able to delve into historical projects, to support its continuous improvement drive through lessons learning. Dashboards like the ones shown are ready to help the project monitor and report about its people, health and safety matters and project progress.

Health, safety and wellbeing of our people matters more than ever and the innDex platform will support GRCL, with adherence to project health and safety requirements, allowing the company to address and resolve any issues quickly. It will further enhance GRCL’s site induction process too, reducing induction times by over 75%, with the ability to add videos or slideshows to this process, so that staff can be both briefed and site familiarised prior to even setting foot on site. Other features include real-time submissions of close calls, which can easily be viewed, addressed and closed out by the site team through the live dashboard reports. The innDex platform also supports digital toolbox talks and briefings to ensure that the whole team are up to date with any safety information and are aware of any hazards to watch out for on site.

Furthermore, we are using the application in support of our Covid-19 compliance, through the provision of a digital signing on process with a number of key questions that each member of staff/supply chain partner will need to answer prior to being able to sign into the shift. This goes together with our mandatory policy of testing and taking and recording temperatures for every individual at the start of each shift.

Global Rail Construction Limited’s Managing Director, Marco Lombardelli added:

“This paperless solution supports our UK sustainability objectives and enhances our business operations, to the benefits of both our entire workforce and our clients. By having full visibility of all our employees and supply chain in terms of skills, competence, experience and location, we can plan out and resource our projects in the most sustainable way. We are also able to calculate carbon footprint on our projects and further offset to become carbon neutral, with our business target of all projects to be carbon neutral by 2026.

“innDex have supported GRCL through bringing together processes into a single solution, allowing us to automate and digitalise, in order to improve our efficiency, productivity and health and safety.

“GRCL now have a platform with new, innovative features and functionality and as business are constantly on the lookout for new technology to improve how we operate and how this will benefit the UK rail industry and its passengers.”

MTM – High Bushfire Risk Area (HBRA) Asset Inspections Completed

Global Rail Australia’s Asset Inspection team has been supporting its customer MTM with a project for High Risk Bush Fire (HBRA) Asset Inspections of various Metro lines, which could have been potentially affected from the devasting bushfires in 2020.

This project involved the visual inspections of the MTM Owned Assets along the rail corridor covering 1800 Electrical Structures, 400 Poles (Lights & CCTV) and 32 Substations. Global Rail Australia’s detailed scope was as follows:

  1. Overhead Electrical Asset Inspections on the Rail Corridor located along the Track
  2. Light Poles in the Rail Corridor, among the Platforms and Stations Car Parks
  3. Signal Assets
  4. CCTV Assets
  5. Substations located in the Rail Corridor
  6. Bush Fire Walk Examination along the following designated lines:
    • Belgrave Line (Ringwood – Belgrave)
    • Cranbourne Line (Dandenong – Cranbourne)
    • Hurstbridge Line (Clifton Hill – Hurstbridge)
    • Pakenham Line (Dandenong – Pakenham)
    • Sunbury Line (Footscray – Sunbury)
    • Craigieburn Line (Kensington – Craigieburn)
    • Mernda Line (Clifton Hill – Mernda)
  7. Reporting of the inspected asset details in accordance with the client’s requirements:
    • Locating the asset on the Rail Corridor
    • Recording the visual inspection of the asset, (Photos and Condition of the Asset)
    • Reporting the details of the information into the required format
    • Assisting MTM in identifying the defects on the Rail Corridor

Damien Carroll Promoted to Senior Project Manager for our Operations in Ireland

Our Dublin based Global Rail Services team are delighted to announce the promotion of Damien Carroll to Senior Project Manager.

The promotion is testament to the expertise and dedication Damien has provided over the last 4 years – support that has been instrumental in the success of our rail and construction operations in Ireland.

His role going forward will involve project managing key contracts throughout Ireland, supporting staff and acting as senior liaison with clients. 

Damien will be supporting Operations Director Eoin Shortt, to deliver sustainable project management solutions in line with both client and business requirements.

Eoin Shortt, Operations Director of Global Rail Services Limited said:

“Damien is a talented Project Manager. We are delighted to promote him and look forward to his support of Global Rail Services’ future growth and prosperity.”

Ray Collins Promoted to Commercial Director for our Operations in Ireland

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ray Collins to Commercial Director for our Irish Operations covering our Construction, Infrastructure and Rail Contracting business Global Rail Services Limited and our telecoms arm GRA Networks Ireland.

The promotion is testament to the dedication Ray has provided over the last 12-years’ – support that has been instrumental in the growth and prosperity of our businesses in Ireland.

His role going forward, will involve directing all commercial aspects of our contracting throughout Ireland, supporting staff – forming part of a new senior management team, with fellow Directors Aidan Kelly and Eoin Short.

Ray will be supporting new General Manager Stephen O’Brien, to further grow and develop these organisations, by providing the necessary commercial governance and structure.

Ivan Holloway, CEO of Global Rail Services Limited said:

“Ray is a consummate professional and a talented commercial leader. We are delighted to promote him to Commercial Director and look forward to his advice and support for many years to come.”

Bridge lighting is a beacon of hope for future

Global Rail Services, our multi-disciplinary rail and infrastructure contracting business based in Dublin, has delivered an exciting project on behalf Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) – an ambitious new lighting system on the White Bridge over the Shannon in Athlone.

The system, which is the latest in LED lighting technology, has been successfully commissioned by the Global Rail Services team and facilitates the illumination of the southern face of the bridge in a variety of colour tones and lighting sequences.

Mayor of Athlone Cllr Aengus O’Rourke has hailed the result of investment by and said: “I had the pleasure of working closely with senior management in the Infrastructure section of Iarnrod Eireann in recent years. And what started out back then as a discussion around the possibility of cleaning and painting the bridge soon developed into a conversation about a much more ambitious lighting project.

“Two years later and I am absolutely delighted with the outcome. I have learned so much in that time about the opportunities and capabilities of new design lighting technologies that will enhance our town.”

The metre-long sections fixed to the southern face of the bridge are capable of illuminating in any colour tone imaginable and can be programmed to flash or run from left to right from middle to edges and in any colour.

Mayor O’Rourke said that there were many trials and demonstrations and the end result is a perfect fit for the bridge and for the town:

“The ‘Instagram moment’ that has been talked about previously on the new bridge as people step from East to West and visa versa, has now been joined by a second ‘Insta moment’ opportunity for those crossing the bridge.

“Every little thing we do to enhance the town and our image is a bonus and feeds into our plan to be a great town to live in, visit, study in and do business in. And, the more positive memories people take with them from Athlone the better.

“The bridge will be lit-up every night 365 days a year and lights will be coloured in keeping with the season or in support of local initiatives.

“This would allow, for example, Christmas lighting, St Patrick’s Day lighting or particular colours to be chosen to coincide with charity events or special occasions.

“My sincere hope as we see out this challenging and difficult year, is that this new vibrant and joyful display of lights will act as a beacon to brighter days ahead for us all and for Athlone.”

Cllr Frankie Keena also welcomed the new lighting and thanked Irish Rail. He said: “It is a really impressive lighting display, which will contribute enormously to the ambiance of the area.”

GRA Networks Completes 5G Telecoms Installation for Nokia

GRA Networks in Australia has begun works after successfully signing a number of framework agreements with Nokia.

The first installation of New 5G Technology has already been completed on behalf of Nokia for the Vodafone Network. This included the RAN upgrade of existing communication sites to support the new 5G technology, with all works conducted under a 7-day SLO (Single Long Outage).

The completed scope included:

  • Removal of all old steelwork and installation of new steelwork
  • Removal of all old antennae and installation of new antennae
  • Removal of all external equipment and installation of new RRU’s
  • Removal of all old feeders/trunk cables and installation of new trunk cables
  • Swapping-out of the existing PSU
  • Swapping-out of the existing BTS equipment and replacing with Nokia BTS
  • Construction of a new hoarding around the shelter
  • Site integration and test calling

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Global Rail Australia Awarded Significant Construction Project for Development Victoria

Global Rail Australia has commenced a significant civils and structures contract with Development Victoria to upgrade pedestrian access between Spencer and Flinders Street in Docklands, Melbourne. The Rail Undercroft site had been closed off to the public during construction of Lend Lease’s Melbourne Quarter, and includes approximately 1000sq.m of land underneath the rail viaduct between Spencer and Flinders Street, Docklands. It will reopen as part of the upgrade works in early 2021, creating a pedestrian thoroughfare connecting the corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street to Lendlease’s Melbourne Quarter Plaza.

Global Rail Australia’s pedestrian upgrade works include:

  • Removal of the existing hoarding and surface finishes
  • Bulk excavation of existing ramp
  • New drainage and lighting
  • New bluestone pavers and access ramp
  • New landscaping and handrail
  • Associated electrical works

All works are executed during live rail operations above the work location under supervision. Demarcation of the site has been undertaken and will be maintained throughout the works between the Melbourne Quarter apartments and Spencer Street. A Traffic Management Plan was completed which includes a 3-month lane closure and hard barriers along Flinders Street to maintain safe pedestrian access.

Global Rail Australia’s staging program, procedures and procurement plan will play an important part in the success of this project.

Throughout the works, Global Rail Australia’s project team will work in close co-operation with Development Victoria and other key stakeholders to ensure a cohesive and timely delivered project.

The site team are also pro-actively contributing to the discussions on management of COVID-19 and works are proceeding with all necessary measures in place

Please see following link to Development Victoria’s media release for additional background: https://www.development.vic.gov.au/news/work-on-a-new-pedestrian-route-between-docklands-and-the-cbd-begins

 

Relocation of a workshop, storage and welfare facilities at M3 Parkway Station, Dumboyne

Global Rail Services Limited were commissioned to deliver a project to provide for the relocation of the Connolly West Signalling, Electrical & Telecoms (SE&T) department from their existing compound at Connolly Station.

The M3 Parkway Station was identified for the relocation and involved the remodelling of the existing station building at M3 Parkway into maintenance offices for the SE&T Signalling West Department.

The works constituted the refurbishment of the existing station into offices and the construction of 2 no. new storage facilities, one structural steel and one blockwork.

Works also included the renovation of the existing building, removing the old rooflight of the station and installing a new roof covering. The scope also covered the installation and commissioning of a new electrical installation.

The works have been carried out in a manner to cause minimal impact to the safe working of the area and the public in general and with no interference with the operational railway line.

All work has been planned and co-ordinated to cause a minimum disruption to the public as possible for the duration of the works. The site has been fenced off and secured in accordance with both the works and the health and safety requirements. All deliveries were scheduled, and logistics management provided throughout. The implementation of traffic management was continually monitored, reviewed and adjusted as works proceeded.

Global Rail Construction Limited Secure Feltham Resignalling Phases 3 & 4

Our UK team are delighted to announce their award as Principal Contractor for the design and construction of the Advanced Civil Engineering works for Phases 3 & 4 of the Feltham Resignalling Project – having submitted a most detailed and comprehensive offer to do so.

Global Rail Construction Limited will deliver the full GRIP 5-8 design and construct contract, which covers civil and structural engineering works on Network Rail’s Wessex Route.

Managing Director of Global Rail Construction Limited, Marco Lombardelli, was quick to praise his team:

“This is the culmination of a fantastic team effort. We are delighted to be back at Feltham, supporting our partner Network Rail to deliver first-class design and build solutions that put the passenger first.”

The Feltham Re-signalling project forms part of the Signalling Renewals/National Operating Strategy (NOS) scheme, which is intending to renew the life-expired signalling infrastructure in Feltham and Wokingham areas to the modern equivalent form.  The total scheme covers the renewal of 538 Signalling Equivalent Units (SEUs) and the full geographical work-scope covers in excess of eightly miles of railway lines.

Global Rail Construction Limited is part of the worldwide Global Infrastructure Group and is a leading UK provider of design and build services to clients in the rail and transportation sector. The company is a Principal Contractor for UK mainline and metro railways across a number of disciplines, which include signalling, mechanical, electrical and power (MEP), telecoms, civil and structural engineering, maintenance and renewal – providing fully tested and commissioned services on both Network Rail and Transport for London controlled infrastructure.

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Installation of 2No Single MV Circuits over 5.3km – Drybridge to Drogheda

Global Rail Services Limited (GRSL) has completed a significant and complex civil engineering project from Drybridge to Drogheda Town Centre, in Co. Lough, on behalf of long-term client ESB Networks.

In their capacity as PSCS for the project, GRSL supplied a secure yard/compound and were responsible for liaison with ESB, Louth County Council and all affected residents and business owners.

Providing a fully managed service including QSE representation for the project duration, the work scope covered the excavation, ducting, backfilling and reinstatement of trenches, including crossing a stream. GRSL also connected two existing ducts that were under the M1 motorway, laid ducts over/under existing services and culverts and installed a 400mm2 XLPE power cable prior to completion of all road and pavement restoration works.

Significant amounts of hand excavation assisted by a vacuum excavator – to help protect existing services – was also undertaken, which were very deep in a number of locations. GRSL were responsible for the design and construction of all temporary works.

Full Traffic Management was provided throughout, which covered 8 different road opening licences and 21 separate traffic management plans.

The project was a necessity for the town of Drogheda; supporting power capacity upgrades to enable future development.

Global Rail Services Limited Project Manager, John Casey added:

“Well done to all concerned for a successful project and with special thanks to supply chain partner Córas Pipeline Services Ltd.”