Deepening Engineering Capability to Enhance Rail Reliability

News Releases 21 Oct 2016 SITCE Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

LTA Signs MOU with Top German Railway Engineering Company
to Deepen Expertise in Rail Maintenance and Asset Management 


    Today, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and German railway engineering company, Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting[1] (DB E&C) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the closing ceremony of the Singapore International Transport Congress & Exhibition (SITCE) to exchange railway engineering knowledge, and deepen capabilities across the rail industries in both countries.

2.  LTA’s Deputy Chief Executive (DCE), Infrastructure & Development, Mr Chua Chong Kheng, said “As we work towards expanding our rail network to 360km by 2030, we also need to have access to and build up more railway engineering expertise. This MOU signing is part of plans to continue developing our engineers’ professional competencies and capabilities. There are common challenges across rail industries in both countries and we can learn as well as exchange experience in optimising manpower, processes and technologies, and this collective knowledge will then lead to improvements in practices for rail development across both countries. Newly acquired knowledge can also help build deeper and wider engineering capabilities for rail maintenance and asset management in Singapore.”

3.  LTA has been intensifying efforts in working with and tapping into the knowledge of other professional organisations, research institutes and overseas counterparts in its continual development of a well-connected, commuter-centric railway network. With this MOU, LTA and DB E&C intend to better understand, benchmark and learn from each other’s best practices in asset management, maintenance strategies and condition monitoring technologies.  Both parties would also exchange information and review challenges relating to line upgrades and extensions, general metro development and operational best practices; and arrange for the secondment or exchange of personnel for studies, project work, and visitations of facilities and sites, where feasible.

4.  The areas of information sharing and other forms of co-operation include but are not limited to the following:

  • Asset Management
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Reliability, Availability and Maintainability Management
  • Safety and Security
  • Technology, Research & Development
  • Skills Development and Technical Training
  • Customer Services

5.  Mr Simon Giovanazzi, Executive Director (Asia Pacific), DB E&C, said “With our technically sophisticated and customised infrastructure, mobility and transport solutions, we are looking forward to adding value to LTA’s projects, and contributing to Singapore’s railway development. This MOU will facilitate the exchange of best practices and joint projects between the two organisations.”

6.  The MOU was signed by LTA Deputy Chief Executive (Infrastructure & Development) Mr Chua Chong Kheng and DB E&C Executive Director (Asia-Pacific) Mr Simon Giovanazzi.


[1] DB E&C offers technically sophisticated and customised infrastructure, mobility and transport solutions. By offering sustainable solutions, DB E&C will help to ensure the future successes of business centres and make an important contribution to environmental protection, thereby shaping the world of tomorrow. 


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