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Concept design

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  • Applicable standards
  • Which standards take precedence? Hierarchy of applicable standards – International, Australian standards, rail asset owner standards (e.g. ARTC, ASA, VRIOGS), Workplace health and safety standards
  • Fundamental signalling safety, operational, and maintenance principles
  • Purpose of signalling
   
 

Case study

 
  • Operational and user requirements,
  • Existing situation
  • Constraints – compliance to standards
  • Definitions
  • Assumptions
  • Introducing a system context diagram
   
 

Signalling plan

 
  • Design Inputs
  • Signal placement and headway theory key issues
  • Signalling symbology
   
 

Signalling Functional Specification (SFS)

 
  • SFS purpose
  • SFS contents
  • Choice of equipment
   
 

Transition to the detailed design phase of a project

 
  • Introduction to Automatic Train Protection
  • Active level crossing protection
   
 

Signalling design for enabling works

 
  • Staging options for relocation of a signalling location
  • Methods of showing changes
  • Track insulation plans
   
 

Signalling design process

 
  • Understand the outline and structure of a generic signalling design process
  • Safety critical design
   
 

Signal sighting

 
  • What the driver sees
  • Outline sighting process issues to address risks, standards
  • Solutions for inadequate sighting
   
 

Signal control and indication

 
  • Sequence of hardware and software design
  • Options for the control of signal aspects
  • Purpose of an Aspect Sequence Chart
   
 

Control tables and data preparation (interlocking and control systems

 
  • Control tables for signals and points
  • Key signalling principles
  • Approach locking
  • Route locking - opposing signals
  • Dead locking - route holding
  • Data preparation for interlocking and control systems
   
 

Signalling system testing and commissioning

 
  • Testing processes
  • Verification and validation activities
  • Documentation and procedures
  • Operational Readiness
   
 

Operation and maintenance

 
  • Regulatory regime
  • Irregularity/incident
   
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