Engineering Management

Activities in the Civil Engineering discipline dominated the delivery of Thameslink Programme’s three key output stages.

This theme captures lessons learned and best practice in engineering management.

As the London Bridge Station Redevelopment draws to a close, more case studies will be captured from all areas of this major project.

Watch these interviews with Boris Lucic, Senior Programme and Engineering Manager and Thomas Bourke, Commercial Apprentice for their views on the programme.

Engineering Management Case Studies

Project Management Plan

All projects of this scale require a Management Plan but keeping the document live and updated can prove tricky.

Vierendeel Truss Installation: London Bridge station

Reviewing the key challenges, programme of works, methodology and logistics associated with installation of the Vierendeel truss at London Bridge station.

Passenger Communications: London Bridge station hoardings

How installation of Network Rail’s largest ever hoarding, alongside a customer-driven approach to communications, led to high levels of passenger awareness during the redevelopment of London Bridge station.

Visualisation Project Management Tool

The project required up-to-date information to be readily available, in a consistent format so that management decisions can be made from a ‘well informed’ position.

Innovation: Railway Systems staging

How staging was key to Network Rail’s most complex ever mainline major re-signalling project, of all lines east and west of London Bridge station.

Statutory Utility Management

The best practice procedures and processes that have been in place for Thameslink Programme will enable future infrastructure programmes and projects to match the commercial and best practice companies in their ability to manage statutory utilities.

Logistics Planning: London Bridge Station

Overcoming the logistics planning challenges during the redevelopment of London Bridge station

Risk Management: London Bridge Station

Managing cost and schedule uncertainty on a major construction project.

Requirements Management: London Bridge Station

This case study looks at scope hierarchy and assurance reporting during the LBSR project. It also shares requirements management best practice, lessons learned and key recommendations for future infrastructure projects.

Project Systems: London Bridge Station

How using an integrated project delivery platform can provide a single source of truth, to aid project delivery and increase efficiency

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

How Thameslink Programme implemented BIM from 2016 onwards, including the adoption of a common data environment and managing 3D data capture and presentation

Lessons Learned Summary: Bermondsey Dive Under

Key lessons from what went well on the project including: integrated planning and relationship management, management of third party relationships, integrated working, change management, Value Engineering and scheme handback and close-out. The case study also looks at what could have been improved, including contract content, contract administration and rework/redesign costs, and proposes recommendations for future schemes.

Whole Life Costings: London Bridge station

Achieving Whole Life Cost objectives for five key project elements: Geothermal Piles and Heat Pump, Escalators, Lifts, Photovoltaic Cells and Platform and Concourse Lighting.

Permeation Grouting: London Bridge station

Overcoming a significant geothermal engineering challenge through the use of permeation grouting on the ground surrounding a 200-year-old masonry arch.

Sustainable Construction: London Bridge Station

How a collaborative approach between Network Rail and Costain encouraged a sustainability ‘blueprint for delivery of major complex projects’

As-Built Information Delivery: London Bridge Station

Recommendations for future projects to improve the planning, management and delivery of as-built information during the close out phase

Delivery & Execution Strategy: Key Output 2

How collaboration and incentivisation were crucial to successful delivery of Key Output 2, including the re-signalling, track remodelling and construction of London Bridge station, construction of the Bermondsey Dive Under to the east and Borough Viaduct to the west.

Improving pedestrian flow during construction: London Bridge station

Lessons learned from challenges encountered during the operation of previous station configurations resulted in adoption of the successful ‘Dog Leg’ pedestrian flow plan in August 2016

Partial Completion Form: London Bridge station

How the adoption of a Partial Completion Form improved assurance as the project reached close out stage

Acoustic Wall: London Bridge Station

Installation of an acoustic wall during the later stages of construction enabled 24/7 works to continue in a noise-sensitive location.

Scaffolding Innovation: London Bridge station

SafeTime provides real-time scaffolding safety inspection data and alerts project teams to when weekly checks are due. The cloud-based system reduced the chance of errors and provided an audit trail for all users.

Self Delivery: London Bridge Station

Self-Delivery has enabled Costain to develop a model which enables a systematic and consistent approach in the deployment of resources, materials and controls on major projects. In this case study, James Elford, London Bridge Project Director, talks about the success of self-delivery during the station redevelopment project.