Engineers at TÜV SÜD work closely with the rail industry in pursuit of system compliance, reliability and safety. This ensures that signalling equipment, infrastructure, rolling stock and other rail equipment all operates as intended, in a reliable and safe manner.
TÜV SÜD is an ISO 9001 service and training provider, and is accredited for both laboratory and in-situ testing. We maintain contact with clients through the development of partnerships and framework agreements.
The rail industry is experiencing a wide range of new projects and upgrades and it is therefore particularly important to ensure that old and new technologies will be compatible and operate alongside each other safely and reliably. We understand the rail environment and how to demonstrate compliance cost-effectively. Our specifications and compliance statements are produced in accordance with the latest standards for EMC and environmental testing and are designed to ensure that risks are managed and equipment will perform reliably.
Interpretation of legislation and technical standards
Successful compliance and assurance are delivered by TÜV SÜD's technical consultants and engineers, who have many years of rail sector experience and are fully conversant with the latest legal and contractual requirements.
We produce cost-effective test and assessment programmes that take full account of all the legal and technical requirements, such as those specified by London Underground and Network Rail. We provide pragmatic compliance and assurance solutions that are tailored to clients’ individual needs and form an important part of a case for rail safety and assurance.
Preparation of management, control and test plans
For many projects, preparation of management, control and test plans are a mandatory requirement. We can prepare these project documents, leaving sub-contractors free to concentrate on their ‘core’ business.
It is essential that all capital projects have EMC and environmental strategies, showing that requirements will be totally satisfied in a cost-effective manner. Our detailed gap analysis and thorough technical arguments in support of equipment cross acceptance reduce testing requirements, thus saving time and money. Our in-depth assessments are an essential part of ensuring a safe and reliable railway.
Assurance evidence files
The compilation of an assurance evidence file demonstrates how the various elements of the project have demonstrated assurance. The integration of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) equipment usually requires a compliance assessment against the contract requirements and this is normally assessed using our ‘Gap Analysis’ techniques. Any shortfalls in performance may be mitigated using certain design techniques or, in exceptional cases, via additional testing.