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Affordable electrification: reducing the amount of civil engineering required

Event organised by Railway Civil Engineers' Association

Date
22 June 2023
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Overview

The Atkins Midland Mainline Electrification design team will discuss the application of new cost reduction techniques for electrification, and what it takes to turn them from a one-off bespoke concept into a Business As Usual design technique. The talk will cover the reasons for needing to reduce costs, how this is achieved without compromising safety or performance, and what the new design configurations are.

The talk will then focus on practical application on a major project, the savings that are available, and the technical and cultural challenges to adopting change on a major project.

Finally, the talk will look at the outcomes and benefits in terms of civil engineering and track.

Organiser

The Railway Civil Engineers Association

The Railway Civil Engineers Association

The RCEA promotes professional development and knowledge transfer in railway engineering with areas of interest including main line, metros, London Underground and light rail.

Programme

18:00 - 18:05

RCEA Chairs Introduction

18:05 - 18:20

Garry Keenor: Voltage Controlled Clearances and Safety Clearances – Drivers for Change and Technical Application

18:20 - 18:35

Alex Nelson: Opportunities and Challenges to Implementing VCC and Safety Clearances on Projects

18:35 - 18:50

David Steer: Project Outcomes – a Civil Engineer’s Point of View

18:50 - 19:15

Q&A

19:15

Close

Speakers

Garry Keenor

Garry Keenor

Atkins

head of professional discipline - electrication

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Garry Keenor

Garry is a career electrification engineer with 31 years’ experience in the industry.

Garry joined BR’s graduate training scheme in 1991 and since then has delivered a wide range of AC and DC electrification designs on projects in the UK and overseas including major multidisciplinary projects. He has been involved with many of the UK electrification projects in the UK, including Great Western and Midland Mainline.

Garry is Group Engineer for Atkins and acts as Atkins' Professional Head for Electrification. He is the author of the standard reference book on electrification, “Overhead Line Electrification for Railways” which is available as a free download or to buy from the PWI bookstore.

Alex Nelson

Alex Nelson

Atkins

engineering manager

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Alex Nelson

Alex is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who is currently working as an Engineering Manager on the electrification design for Midland Mainline Electrification Phase 3.

She has managed the multi-disciplinary value engineering workstream including Voltage Controlled Clearance Bridge Interventions. Her previous experience involves other large electrification schemes, including London to Corby, in overhead line design, foundation loading, safety assurance, construction acceptance and hand-back.

David Steer

David Steer

Atkins

chief engineer

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David Steer

David is a Chief Civil Engineer experienced in the design of railway structures, particularly bridges, for the UK rail network. His experience includes projects such as the Midland Mainline Electrification and both phase 1 and 2 of East West Rail.

David is also a technical authority within Atkins for rail bridges, responsible for promoting technical excellence.

For more information please contact:

Fiona Oteng

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