To develop a system assurance methodology for managing railway projects

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To develop a system assurance methodology for managing railway projects


Author: Lau, Wilson Chi-ming
Title: To develop a system assurance methodology for managing railway projects
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1997
Subject: Railroads -- China -- Hong Kong
Railroads -- Great Britain
Quality assurance
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: xi, 238 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: In this dissertation, a project manager's perspective of System Assurance management is established to provide a blueprint to successfully champion a System Assurance initiative. The dissertation starts with the conceptual aspects of System Assurance. A few lessons from history are studied, primarily to avoid making the same mistakes, and also to illustrate the benefits and importance of System Assurance management. A concise response is provided to address the following questions on System Assurance, namely, what is it, why do we need it and how to do it? In order to develop a proper System Assurance methodology for managing railway projects, we need to understand the operational characteristics of the passenger railway industry. The dissertation has therefore identified the roles of various operational, regulatory and institutional parties, together with the systems, statutory regulations, codes & standards regarding safety, availability, reliability and maintainability, in Hong Kong and in Great Britain. It is not easy to strike a balance on the extent of application of System Assurance in project management. It is therefore wise to look at how others do it and any lessons learnt from such experiences. This dissertation has carried out an in-depth review of the current practice of System Assurance management in three typical passenger railway companies, namely, Mass Transit Railway Corporation (Lantau & Airport Railway Project) , Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (Through Train Renewal Project) and London Underground Ltd. (Jubilee Line Extension Project). A generic System Assurance framework for managing railway projects is formulated based on the previous discussions. The general System Assurance management principles derived from the sound management practices advocated by proponents of quality and business excellence are discussed. The specific elements of the new System Assurance management system are introduced through the System Assurance Plan, which identifies the management and engineering tasks necessary to assure the timely and structured integration of SARM into the system design and operation. Case studies are presented to illustrate how the Quantified Risk Assessment technique and cost benefit analysis can be applied in a real life situation. The dissertation ends with the sharing of interim experience obtained from implementing the new System Assurance methodology in the pilot project - MTRC Tseung Kwan O Railway Extension Project.

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