Comply Serve wins Banedanmark Signalling programme contract

Delivering project compliance and assurance software for Euro 2.5 billion metro and main line signalling replacement

Comply Serve, a leading provider of web-based compliance and assurance software solutions, has secured a contract to implement ComplyPro®, its flagship e-collaboration project compliance software systems throughout the Euro 2.5 billion Danish signalling programme.

In an exceptional first for the rail industry, the signalling programme will include the total renewal of the entire signalling infrastructure for both the Copenhagen S-bane (metro system), and Banedanmark’s Fjernbane (railway network).  The Banedanmark network includes 2,100 km of lines and 3,200 km of tracks, serving around 560 trains from four major operators; the cost to replace the Banedanmark signal system alone is DKR 18,75 billion.

ComplyPro® will be deployed as one common compliance solution across the programme for all project partners, including the on and offshore teams, employees from Banedanmark, the supply chain (Siemens, Thales and Alstom), the project consultants, and suppliers.  Delivered in English, ComplyPro® integrates all of the project’s requirements, including sponsor, system and design in one open architecture database.

Morten Soendergaard, programme director said: “In Denmark, 80% of our current signalling systems are anything from 40 to 50 years old, and 50% of all infrastructure-related train delays are due to signalling failures.  Hence we are exposed to a further rise in delays, a decrease in punctuality, and an increase in potentially critical breakdowns, not to mention the fatal risk of signal failure.  After conducting a business case modelling different replacement solutions it became obvious that investment in a total signalling renewal programme, regardless of asset age, would be more cost effective long-term.  It would also be of a greater benefit to the future of our railway network, as compared to an alternative and more traditional “like for like” replacement.”

With the ability to expand as the project requirements increase, ComplyPro® will provide two key benefits to the project team: visibility of requirements and visibility of impact.  With over 5,000 project demands, ComplyPro® will ensure that these are clearly documented, visible and traceable to all parties concerned and therefore, cannot be missed.  It also assesses the impact of unforeseen changes, top-down or bottom-up, allowing the client to make informed decisions before critical milestones are reached.

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Left to Right: Chris Rolison (Comply Serve CEO) and Morten Soendergaard (Banedanmark programme director). 

“With a programme of this size and complexity you need to stay focused on the core project deliverables. We needed a no-nonsense, easy to use system that had scope, capacity and capability, giving us configuration, full traceability of the requirements, and ensure optimum use of our time.  ComplyPro® allows us to have multiple users regardless of time zones and location, manage and highlight thousands of requirements and data, all within a seamless and accessible interface,” continued Morten Soendergaard.

Commenting on the contract win, Comply Serve CEO, Chris Rolison, said: “The last seven years have seen us strengthen our presence in the railway sector.  ComplyPro® is a proven technology implemented in some of the world’s largest, high profile projects, including Crossrail and Etihad Rail in the UAE.  Securing the Danish signalling programme is testament to the real benefit and value of our software systems, the fact that previous-users were happy to recommend us, voluntarily, to a project of this size and one with such an ambitious timescale, speaks volumes.  We are relishing the prospect of being part of an industry-first, and helping to meet the challenges and timeframes head-on.”

Project Progress

The S-bane has completed a two-year procurement phase and is currently mid-way through a two-year design phase, with testing due to start in 2013.  2014 will see early deployment on the northern line Lyngby-Hillerød, before a six-year period of rollout in 2015.  The Fjernbane is split into two projects with individual supply chains, and an additional year in procurement, design and testing before a rapid and efficient roll-out programme of just four years, scheduled for 2018.  Both rail networks are due for completion in 2021.

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Back Row: L-R: Alan Moon (Comply Serve account director) and Allan Toft (discipline manager, Interlocking – S-banen)

Front Row: L-R: Chris Rolison (Comply Serve CEO) and Morten Soendergaard (Banedanmark programme director).

Company contact details:

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