WSP assesses Singapore’s subway

The Swedish firm WSP, one of the world’s leading research and technology consultants, has through its WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Asia won a prestigious Singapore assignment has in international competition.


WSP is to assess the condition of the entire Singapore’s “Rapid Transit System”, RTS, which consists of metro, MRT, and feeder lines. The entire network of 180 kilometres of tracks with 144 stations as well as viaducts, bridges and depots will in detail be mapped and evaluated. All information will be collected into a web service, providing the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) full control of the metro system’s state and its maintenance. The work started in September.

The underground system Mass Rapid Transit MRT, the backbone of Singapore’s public transport system, spans the entire country. WPS’s tasks include mapping of MRTS all tracks, stations, tunnels, viaducts and depots. Data collection will be conducted using the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoffs world-leading technology for 360-degree photography and laser scanning, which is for instance being used in the Stockholm subway.

“Being selected by the LTA to assess one of the world’s most frequented MRI systems is fantastic. It shows, among other things, that the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in the field of automatic data collection and presentation,” says Niklas Sorensen, President, WSP Civils. “Furthermore, this shows that our Rail Advisory Unit, which is leading the work and will also do the financial impact studies, has started at rocket speed.”

Via the subway tracks our WSP system, IAMS, can scan directly all surfaces at a speed of 15 km / h. All technical and financial asset data will after processing be placed in a Web service, built by WSP, similar to Google Street View.

Employees from Sweden as well as from England, USA and Singapore staff WSP’s team. The objective is that the processing of the scanned data will take place around the clock by having the working team members stationed in different continents. The end result is a holding register must provide the Land Transport Authority full control of the metro system health and maintenance.

The mission started in September and runs until late in 2016.

IAMS, is WSP Sweden’s proprietary system for mobile data collection, asset inventory and plant analysis in rail infrastructure. The system collects all plant data and allows accurate measurement and analysis in a ‘street view’ where operators and maintenance teams view all plant parts and its condition. IAMS interfaces to known maintenance and ERP systems.

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