Joint Factsheet by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), SIT & INCOSE - LTA Partners SIT and INCOSE to Build and Deepen Railway Engineering Capabilities in Singapore

News Releases 23 Feb 2017 Factsheet Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) rail engineering Singapore Rail Academy (SGRA)

    In an effort to advance and build up Systems Engineering capabilities in Singapore, the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a US-based not-for-profit membership organisation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at the launch of Singapore Rail Academy (SGRA) at SIT@Dover. With this MOU, LTA, SIT and INCOSE intend to develop skilled manpower in systems engineering to support local public transport manpower requirements. The three parties will also develop applied learning curricula based on industrial developments for pre-employment training (PET) and continuing education and training (CET) programmes to groom systems engineers and better prepare them to be industry-ready.

2.  Under the MOU, LTA, SIT and INCOSE will advance the know-how and practice of systems engineering and promote collaboration in education and research. LTA will work with SIT’s systems engineering group on rail systems research and development, and share domain knowledge on rail systems engineering. SIT will plan and deliver systems engineering training for working professionals from LTA and other practising engineers. INCOSE will collaborate with SIT to identify relevant content for education and training in systems engineering. It will also facilitate professional certification by helping SIT students to become associate systems engineering professionals (ASEPs) and certified systems engineering professionals (CSEPs).

Opening of Transportation Systems and Systems Engineering Laboratories

3.  LTA also announced the opening of the Transportation Systems Lab and Systems Engineering Lab in SIT. These two labs support SGRA’s functions to enhance laboratory-based teaching and learning, and enable application-focused research on systems engineering, modelling and simulation.  These labs would be used as classrooms to conduct courses and training for students of the SIT Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land) degree programme, SIT-DigiPen Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) degree programme as well as practising engineers. In addition, the Transportation Systems Lab serves as the key simulation lab for SIT’s Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering) degree programme and the Systems Engineering Lab will also be used for specialised training in systems engineering and project management.

4.  The Transportation Systems Lab is equipped with railway engineering simulator (RES) software obtained from London Underground. It is currently being customised for Singapore’s rail network. With the RES, students and trainees are able to design rail networks and be exposed to various rail signalling operations and simulations.

5.  With computer servers, LED display panels and interactive classroom set-ups, these two teaching labs are well equipped to enable practical teaching and learning and research activities related to rail systems engineering, project management and transport modelling and simulation.

About SGRA:

The Singapore Rail Academy (SGRA) is a set-up within the Land Transport Authority. Its chairman is Professor Cham Tao Soon, and its Dean is Mr Chua Chong Kheng, who is also LTA’s Deputy Chief Executive, Infrastructure & Development. SGRA starts off with a core team of four staff and will operate on shared resources within LTA. SGRA is located at LTA’s Bedok Campus.

About Singapore Institute of Technology:

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore’s university of applied learning. It aims to be a leader in innovative university education by integrating learning, industry and community. SIT offers applied degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. As a new university, SIT offers its own applied degree programmes with a unique pedagogy that integrates work and study. It also offers specialised degree programmes in partnership with world-class universities.

To find out more about SIT, visit

About International Council on Systems Engineering:

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization that promotes international collaboration in systems engineering practice, education and research. INCOSE’s mission is to “address complex societal and technical challenges by enabling, promoting, and advancing Systems Engineering and systems approaches.” Founded in 1990, INCOSE has more than 70 chapters and over 10,000 members worldwide.

INCOSE is the global source for systems engineering knowledge. It establishes industry standards, elevates the profession of systems engineering and offers a certification program to formally recognize the knowledge and experience of industry professionals. The organization also produces a range of products, publications and events, including the Systems Engineering Handbook and International Symposium.

For additional information, call 1-858-541-1752 or visit Become a member today.

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