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Deep Left Shift – Systems Engineering and the Future Tube Upgrades

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Deep Left Shift – SE and the Future Tube Upgrades
Stephen Blackford, London Underground

London Underground has already engaged in significant upgrades to the Victoria Line, Jubilee Line and the Sub-surface Lines, which commenced under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreements. Work does not stop there however and LU is now exploring programmes for possible upgrades of other deep tube lines; an opportunity for ‘left shifting’ and engaging system engineering right at the front of the lifecycle according to all the text books and SE protagonists.

Those deep tube lines yet to undergo a major upgrade (the Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Northern Lines, and, later, the Central Line) offer a variety of unique challenges. The desire for ever increasing levels of capacity, reliability and automation beyond anything ever undertaken on any previous line upgrade, within the constraints of topography, heat and the need for continuous service operation, makes it paramount to get the system design (assets, processes and people) right.

But now, post PPP, system integration is the responsibility of LU. In an environment traditionally built around client–supplier delivery programmes, what happens when SE is applied before a conventional delivery programme exists, when outcome definition and feasibility are the masters of the land and ITTs have yet to emerge from the primeval soup? Stephen will examine the issues, successes and difficulties surrounding the left shifting of a future deep tube upgrade programme.

The Rail Interest Group is grateful to University College London for hosting the event. The precise venue will be advised nearer the date; it will be in the Gower Street area. There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance. To book, obtain directions or for any other questions, please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott at bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk or on +44 (0)7970 694043.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional society for systems engineers whose mission is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government

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