SYSTRA presents metro expertise to a delegation from China
19-11-22 09:19
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SYSTRA presents metro expertise to a delegation from China 

SYSTRA recently had the opportunity to showcase its extensive knowledge and expertise in metro migrations and technology trends for driverless metro lines to a delegation from one of China’s largest metro networks. 

​​The delegation, from Shenzhen Metro Group Co., Ltd. (SZMC) was led by Mr Long, General Manager of the Construction Division, accompanied by the Beijing Design Institute and CASCO, a joint venture between Alstom and CRSC in China.

SYSTRA in Shenzhen: our projects in China’s ’greenest’ city​

The Group contributed to the creation of the Shenzhen metro network from 1995 on behalf of SZMC, before providing technical assistance for the design and execution of lines 1 and 4, at the start of the 2000s. Our areas of expertise in high-speed rail have also had an impact on the interconnection of the city to the rest of the China, with the construction supervision of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong and Xiamen – Shenzhen high-speed lines led at the start of the 2010s with our SYSTRA Shanghai colleagues. 

More recently, until 2015, our MVA consultancy teams in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenzhen participated in a huge project aimed at reducing road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in Chinese megacities launched by the World Bank and the Beijing Transportation Research Center.

Presenting SYSTRA’s expertise in metro system engineering

Sarah Madjedi, Vice President International Tenders & Services presented an executive summary of SYSTRA, while Kevin Wahila, Tenders Director, Systems Business Unit, presented CBTC* UTO** and brownfield migration. Support was provided by Roberto Uzcategui, metro system studies manager and Éric Delaveau, operations manager in the RAMS department, within the Systems Business Unit.

During the visit, which included a presentation of the city of Shenzhen and its metro network, we spoke in depth about our experience on metro renovation projects and the importance of managing migration as a project within a project, giving several examples of return on experience from projects such as Santiago, Paris and Brussels. This was of special interest for SZMC as they have not yet fully addressed the issue of how to migrate existing metro lines to CBTC GoA4, the highest level of automatic train operation (ATO) requiring no on-board staff for safe operation.​

The Systems Business Unit: crucial to SYSTRA’s sales strategy  

The Systems Business Unit, created with the reorganisation of SYSTRA and part of France and International Services (FRS), plays an essential role in the Group's sales strategy and this is demonstrated by SYSTRA's position as the signature team throughout the world when it comes to offering clients the best possible support and expertise in systems. With our global footprint and emblematic references, we are one of the undisputed leaders in the market for metro and railway system engineering.

*Communications-Based Train Control, the main signalling technology for automatic metros
**Unattended train operation