Considering Systems Integration for Auckland Light Rail

The work required to deliver Light Rail to Auckland is set to be large-scale, multi-faceted, and technically complex. John Welford, WSP Technical Principal, makes a case for considering a Systems Integration approach for Auckland Light Rail from the outset so the project delivers the outcomes that Tāmaki Makaurau needs.

Delivery remains in the hands of traditionally trained engineers working within organisations using long-established construction industry methods. The consequence of this conservatism is an increasing number of signature projects that are delivered behind schedule, beyond the cost estimate and that fail to meet the public’s expectations.
With various subsystems - such as track, signalling, rolling stock, electrification, stations, depots, and control centres - closely interlinked, any change in one may affect the operation of another. As such, it is important to carefully consider the interfaces and how the subsystems interact with each other (including how these systems work together with people).
[Integration] Planning should start at the beginning of the life cycle, influencing procurement, packaging, system design, testing and others as required.
Systems Integration Client Outcomes Wheel

Systems Integration

Whether embarking on a new transport mega scheme or trying to get a program back on track, Systems Integration (SI) is needed to manage the vast amount of information, coordination of systems and stakeholders involved in every effort.

Light Rail: An Enabler of Sustainable Growth for Tāmaki Makaurau

Sean Myers, WSP Head of Rail makes the case for the necessity of a Rapid Transit System to alleviate Auckland's population and climate-related pressures.

Rapid Transit Systems in New Zealand

WSP is committed to deliver low carbon, rapid transit systems that connect people with opportunities and yield economic regeneration for cities in Aotearoa.