Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards recognize Sydney Trains and Quintiq for innovation in Control Systems and Communications Solutions

September 30, 2014 | Sydney, Australia

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), and Sydney Trains have won a Control Systems and Communications award at the Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards (SEEA), held on the 19th of September, 2014. The awards recognize outstanding engineering projects for their unique achievements, and honor engineers who have set benchmarks for best practice.

The Controls Systems and Communications award was given to Sydney Trains and Quintiq for the Fleet Allocation and Recording System (FARS). The FARS solution, developed by Quintiq, has enabled Sydney Trains to depart from using paper-based practices as FARS delivers near real-time information validation on train movements and allocations. It also streamlines train allocation planning up to 14 days in advance.

The project commenced in 2011 when Sydney Trains identified that manual, paper-based systems could be computerized for greater efficiency. The company also deduced that real-time train reallocation could be used to redirect trains for maintenance or when network issues arose. This entailed the procurement of an advanced interactive computerized system that would help operational staff plan, control and maintain train allocations for maintenance and service availability across the Sydney Trains network.

Sydney Trains identified Quintiq, an international software company specializing in industrial planning applications, to deliver the software component of FARS, under a fixed-price contract. The solution, FARS, provides maintenance alerts and real-time information received from other planning, asset management, timetabling and train-tracking systems.

“Quintiq is proud to be recognized with Sydney Trains – receiving this prestigious award is a great honor,” said Paul Shepherd, Director of Quintiq Australia and New Zealand. “Contributing directly to the exciting transformation of Sydney Trains, the FARS project was delivered with the aim of improving the quality of service of one of the most complex hybrid metro-suburban rail networks in the world. The Quintiq solution delivers tools to increase visibility and decision support, translating into a more efficient use of rail assets, to the benefit of all Sydney Trains’ stakeholders.”

About Quintiq

Every business has its supply chain planning challenges. Some of those challenges are large. Some are complex. Some seem impossible to solve. Since 1997, Quintiq has been solving each of those challenges with a supply chain planning & optimization software system. Today, approximately 12,000 users in over 80 countries rely on Quintiq software to plan and optimize workforces, logistics and production. Part of Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), Quintiq has offices in the Netherlands, the USA and around the world.

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