Transport Initiatives Edinburgh Tram Design & Delivery Programme Assurance Support

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Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (tie) Tram Design & Delivery Programme Assurance Support appointed GHD to assist in the assurance of the design and delivery of the trams being procured for the new Edinburgh tram network.

Modern trams are complex and sophisticated vehicles. They incorporate many systems and components that have to comply with a wide range of specifications, regulations and legislative requirements, as well as being fully compatible with each other and with the specific characteristics of the fixed infrastructure. Assurance of the design and delivery process required GHD's extensive and detailed knowledge of all these factors, helping to avoid delays and additional cost.

The detailed design and manufacturing of the trams was undertaken in Spain. Conformity and compatibility issues with the infrastructure, being designed and constructed in Edinburgh, had to be resolved on an evolving and ongoing basis.

By regularly visiting the vehicle manufacturer's factory in Spain, GHD reviewed the manufacturing activities against design drawings and specifications. Corrective measures were monitored and assessed and the construction and delivery programme was reviewed to judge compliance with the project timescales. This allowed the client to respond proactively to programme and cost risks, and retain close control of project outcomes.

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