Royal HaskoningDHV and Hyundai assist Saudi Arabia with marine yard

25 October 2016

For the development of one of the world’s largest maritime yards, in Saudi Arabia, Royal HaskoningDHV and Hyundai have been selected to provide Front-End Engineering Design for the yard’s infrastructure. The design is set to be completed within the coming five months.

The fall in crude oil prices has, among others, seen Saudi Arabia’s former state budget surplus sink into the red. To modernise its economy, and diversify its income streams, the Kingdom is undergoing a number of efforts under its wider ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ strategy, which has been an indirect boon for the consultancy industry.

One of the consultancy firms active in the development of the country’s logistics propositions is Royal HaskoningDHV. The engineering and consulting firm has recently been engaged by the Saudi Trade and Export Development Company to develop a 634,000 square-meter port logistics zone, the so-called Tusdeer Khumra Logistics Park.

The latest announcement sees the firm again tapped to provide services within the logistics space in the Kingdom. The firm, in a consortium with Hyundai Engineering & Construction, will provide Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the infrastructure of the new maritime yard in Ras Al-Khair.

Royal HaskoningDHV and Hyundai assist Saudi Arabia with marine yard

The new facility, which is located north of Jubail on the Arabian Gulf, will provide construction and maintenance for, among others, large shipbuilding, large ship repair, offshore rigs fabrication, and offshore support vessel repair. The new yard becomes the largest of its type in the world, across its range of services, with infrastructure including seven fully equipped dry docks, two basins and five piers, a ship-lift system, workshops, warehouses, utility services areas, as well as office buildings, living quarters, and recreational facilities for more than 10,000 workers.

As part of its services, Royal HaskoningDHV will provide its specialised shipyard consultancy experience, while Hyundai will provide experience in engineering, procurement and construction to the project development of the new yard. Royal HaskoningDHV has been active on the project since 2014, when the firm was hired to deliver a market study for the new yard. The current FEED project is projected to last five months.

Adrian Arnold, Project Director at Royal HaskoningDHV, says, “Maritime yards must be globally competitive with facilities which are cost-effective, operationally flexible, and durable. This project combines four different yards into a single development, creating significant opportunities for economies of scale and enhancing the country’s economic development.”

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How data insights helped Network Rail improve the South-East route

11 April 2019

Amey Consulting has leveraged data insights to assist Network Rail with the improvement of its South-Eastern route. Using the Quartz tool, which monitors train movement, Network Rail will now be able to commit to data-enabled interventions to quickly improve underperforming train stations.

With rail services in the UK coming under strain from the demands of modern commuter life, while the infrastructure and service delivery of the nation’s railways has come in for sustained criticism in recent years, a period of regeneration is on the cards at last. Network Rail is the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the railway network in Great Britain, and has subsequently tapped the consulting industry on a regular basis to help find areas of improvement.

The group recently drafted in consultancy BearingPoint to conduct a thorough organisational evaluation and advise Network Rail (High Speed) on attaining a ‘fit for purpose’ organisational standard – for which the consultancy was nominated at the 2019 MCA Awards. Meanwhile, ArupArcadis and Aecom have been contracted to help Colas Rail and Babcock Rail implement a decade-long framework for Network Rail, aimed at supporting the delivery of the next generation of rail systems, with the contracts said to be worth as much as £5 billion

How data insights helped Network Rail improve the South-East route

As Network Rail further aims to improve its performance and customer service offering, another area it has sought help from the consulting sector for is its South-East route. The network of railways connects London with the southern parts of the country, as well as with Europe, making it the busiest in the country, with more than 500 million passenger journeys per year. This crucial expanse of rail was plagued with small minute delays, which were impacting millions of passengers every day, while reducing the efficiency and capacity of the overall network – something Amey Consulting was selected to help solve.

Amey Consulting soon determined that with the sub-threshold delays to services only lasting for 1 or 2 minutes, most were not the subject of detailed root cause analysis, and this made their corrections almost impossible – with dire consequences. Without addressing these delays, passenger satisfaction would fall, while the capacity and efficiency of the network would be reduced, stinging the income of Network Rail even before a host of delay-related fines would hit the company.

In order to help the client gain a better understanding of where, how, when and what these small delays occur, Amey Consulting looked to demonstrate the value of data-led consulting, with a significant reduction in delays within the first month of rolling out changes to key stations. The consultants embedded themselves in Network Rail’s team, helping them learn the key skills needed to support and apply data-driven solutions.

Agile transport

This involved the deployment of the Quartz tool. The system utilises to-the-second train movement data to present the performance of individual stations across the South-East route. It allows users to effortlessly understand station performance with a high level of detail, and use this information to identify losses caused by small-minute delays. The granular data allows for targeted actions to drive efficiency savings and performance improvements. More importantly, it allows users to understand the impact of small process changes on performance. 

Steve Dyke, an Executive Partner at Amey Consulting, said of the project, “We looked to identify the physical root cause on the infrastructure, building a case for change then managing that project implementation and tracking the benefit/value.  In doing so we are working to define a data performance improvement service to the operational and infrastructure owners.”

Just as important for the project as the technology, however, was teaching the Network Rail team how to leverage it after the consultants were gone. The Amey Consulting team worked to develop an agile working culture within Network Rail’s South-East division, helping staff to be confident in using data to improve the journeys of millions of people per year by attacking the problem from the ground up.

Dyke concluded, “This is less about the tools and about the approach to managing performance.  It meant using by-the-second analysis, data science, and then agile development to visualise and identify areas where improvements can be made.  We then worked with NR to change the way they approached the management of the infrastructure changes.  So rather than pass the information down the value chain, any of which could have been missed, we managed the change end-to-end.”

The project was so successful that Amey Consulting was also among those honoured at the recent MCA Awards. The firm scooped the Performance Improvement in the Public Sector prize for its work with Network Rail, at the 2019 ceremony in London.