DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT, ABU DHABI, UAE
Integrated Operations Planning Lead
As part of the planning stage for the Abu Dhabi public transport network, TMA Global evaluated the operation simulations undertaken by the design consultants for the Metro, LRT/Tram, bus, water transport and other elements of the transportation system to ensure consistency and correlation between simulations, and determine the feasibility of making adjustments and improvements to one or all systems.
We worked with and coordinated the design consultants to develop overall operations and maintenance strategies that optimised the operations and maintenance facilities and equipment, including the development of common equipment specifications and the use of shared facilities for the different public transport components. These strategies took into consideration the phasing of construction, future growth and expansion of the systems as well as identify current and future land requirements.
As part of the design process, TMA oversaw the design consultants to ensure that the operational interfaces between each of the Public Transport modes within the Program were identified, coordinated and resolved to ensure that the final design would provide seamless connectivity between the different modes.
During the design phase of the Integrated Operations Control Centre, TMA coordinated the design consultants to develop an overall operation and control strategy that optimised the operations control functions, facilities and equipment, including the development of common equipment specifications and the use of shared control and backup facilities. This strategy took into consideration the current and future Control Centre requirements.
TMA coordinated the maintenance facilities design consultants to develop an overall Public Transport Program operations and maintenance strategy that recognised the synergies between the maintenance requirements of the different modes and optimised the operations and maintenance facilities and equipment, including the development of common equipment specifications and the use of shared facilities where practical and feasible.
We assisted in identifying, developing and agreeing on the Asset Management Strategy early in the Program to ensure that necessary provisions would be made during design, construction, installation and commissioning that would enable a smooth transition into operation and maintenance. This Asset Management Strategy was coordinated with other respective agencies and included a plan for preparing and archiving all as-built information in a manner that would be accessible for the life time of the Public Transport systems.
TMA worked closely with the DOT to oversee the development of a recruitment and training plan for the developing and maturing public transport agency organisations, to ensure that the necessary training and development requirements were built into the consultancy, detailed design and construction contracts to be let as part of the Program. TMA would also provide oversight of the delivery of the training by the consultants and contractors.