Leighton Contractors has been approved as an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) for heavy rail delivery by the new Asset Standards Authority (ASA) of Transport for NSW (TfNSW).
Commencing full operations in July 2013, the ASA is the network design and standards authority for NSW rail assets. Its introduction of the AEO program aims to support industry in delivering and maintaining rail assets with greater efficiency, innovation and safety.
One of the first groups of rail specialists to be authorised by the ASA, Leighton Contractors has delivered more than 60 rail projects across Australia, including major Clearways Program and freight network projects in NSW.
Leighton Contractors’ General Manager National Rail Dean Sporn said: “Working with ASA through the AEO assessment involved a stringent review of our management systems, which has been a valuable opportunity for knowledge sharing and improvement.
“AEO authorisation is a significant achievement that acknowledges Leighton Contractors’ rail capability and alignment with ASA and TfNSW engineering management processes, as well as network and safety guidelines.
“Leighton Contractors is now authorised to self-perform assurance of its engineering services and the competence of its people using our own systems. It enables us to draw on our Australia-wide experience and deliver the benefits of greater innovation and efficiency to TfNSW.”
Asset Standards Authority Director Jim Modrouvanos congratulated Leighton Contractors on achieving authorisation, saying: “The Leighton Contractors National Rail team has demonstrated that the maturity of their systems is at the level necessary to operate as an AEO.”
The ASA will be extending the scope of the AEO framework beyond heavy rail into other transport assets beginning with light rail.
Leighton Contractors has worked with TfNSW on a range of key rail projects including the current Epping to Thornleigh Third Track Alliance, and the successfully completed Kingsgrove to Revesby Quadruplication Project (Alliance), Richmond Line Duplication (Alliance) and Macdonaldtown Stabling Project, all part of the Rail Clearways Program.