RTA’s Rails Agency has announced the completion of Phase I of the Rails Infrastructure Maintenance Management System Project (RIMMS). The database has been fully compiled for this vital project, which plays a key role in leveraging the performance of Dubai Metro and Tram and upgrading the services on offer to various community segments.
Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency said: “Phase I of this project includes assessing the current maintenance systems, upgrading the rail infrastructure assets database, and exploring IT potentials in managing the current maintenance systems. It also includes benchmarking these systems with the best practices in Britain and the United States, improving the current inspection & maintenance procedures of rail infrastructure assets, and setting up a structure for the program proposed for this system.”
“The RIMMS comprises (5) phases. Phase I includes compiling a comprehensive database, Phase II covers conducting field inspection & testing, Phase III relates to upgrading data analysis units, Phase IV pertains to developing and operating the maintenance software, and Phase V is related to the maintenance and integration of the program with RTA’s asset management systems,” he explained.
“Given the importance of the project, and as it is set for final completion by mid-2018, there would be a sufficient time for training a team of Emirati secondary school finishers. RTA senior management has endorsed the hiring of Emirati secondary school graduates to join the team of Rail Agency overseeing the project. Thus, they would have a chance to have a hands-on training and exposure to expertise in this vital mass transit sector. The RIMMS, which is integrated with RTA information management systems, would help the Rail Agency to develop an advanced program and rank the RTA among the pioneering entities in this regard. The RIMMS also aims to create opportunities to improve the current maintenance methods, analyze maintenance cost during the assets lifespan, adopt more systematic inspection procedures and create a basis to perform a comprehensive analysis of the rail infrastructure assets management,” continued Younes.
The CEO of Rail Agency reiterated RTA’s keenness to adopt the latest technology, and the sophisticated technologies & maintenance techniques used in the rail industry. “This plays a key role in upgrading metro and tram services offered to the public, tourists and visitors in line with the prestigious standing enjoyed by Dubai as a global metropolitan city and a hub for business economy, trade, tourism, finance and other vital fields,” concluded the CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency.
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