Signal and Telecommunications

A major part of Conation Technologies’ activities is focused on the Rail Industry. The need for more effective and efficient training for the rail industry is recognised by all of the key stakeholders – by government, the professional bodies, the rail training organisations and employers.  Improved training will lead to the more competent workforce that is required to deliver a safe and reliable railway.  The issue is not whether training should be improved, but how this can be achieved across the industry.  

As a contribution to meeting this need and delivering the skills required for a safe and reliable railway, Conation Technologies has developed NovaRail, a system that can coordinate rail training across the industry, and reduce the costs of training by delivering some of that training – where appropriate – across a network.  This builds, in part, on the training process engineering project carried out in the aftermath of the Clapham rail disaster.  (See the white paper Whatever happened to TD2?)

Conation Technologies is registered for Technical Training under the Link-up scheme (registration no21027) and with Transport for London no: 0012001896.

Conation Technologies’ staff have worked on a number of major rail industry training projects including:

·         Rail Safety and Standards Board: Research into Adult Learning Styles across the rail industry. 

·         Park Signalling: Human factors consultancy and the development of a training needs analysis and materials for the RETB Mid-life Upgrade project. 

·         Rail Safety and Standards Board: A review of the use of simulation in training and assessment within the GB rail industry. 

·         Network Rail: The design and development of system training strategy and training materials for new signalling equipment installed on the UK railway network in 2003.

·         Rail Safety and Standards Board: A study of new and emerging technologies for training and assessment in the rail industry

·         ATOC/Railtrack: Task analysis of train driving skills with particular reference to human factors.

·         LUL Connect project: Nick Rushby was responsible for design, safety case work, developing innovative system components, site surveys and training for the Crosstrack projection advertising system .

·         British Rail Infrastructure Services:  A progress report for BRIS Senior Management summarising progress of the Licensing Scheme implementation required by the Hidden Inquiry.

·         British Rail Infrastructure Services: A project, part funded by the UK Employment Department, to study the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs) as job aids for the assessment of competence, particularly in difficult and hostile environments.  (See the white paper Assessment of competence of track workers)

·         British Rail Infrastructure Support Group:  Nick Rushby led a three-year assignment to re-engineer the training and assessment system for signal and telecommunications staff. Jan Seabrook led the development team tasked with developing exemplar materials and disseminating best practice to other training development teams. (See the white paper Whatever happened to TD2?)

·         British Rail: A study to establish the effectiveness of simulation for British Rail Driver Training.

·         London Underground: The design and implementation of an innovative course for training lookouts.