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Designing for operation

Ian Fugeman's job title is head of rails and tunnels for BAA - but the reality is more impressive than the title may imply. He says: 'I am responsible for four transportation systems, three railways, one road-based transportation system and two other tunnels.'

What differentiates Fugeman's role from others on the project is that he does not hand over once shell and core is complete - he takes the asset through to operation.

'I do complete systems. That way we develop an approach to operations and operational safety from the outset, with systems engineering and functionality key, ' he says.

This has required Fugeman's team to break down the operation of each facet of the transport system into minute detail. By instilling functionality and ease of maintenance at every corner, it should follow that a highly reliable asset will be delivered at the end of play.

This degree of prior planning has also been exploited in improving workers' safety. 'By designing with safety in mind from the outset, we have been able to cut the exposure to risk of workers wherever possible, ' says Fugeman. This has been achieved in terms of equipment used, methods adopted and early decisions on the construction concept .

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