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References

High-speed rail link Helsinki-Turku; general plan for Espoo-Salo direct rail line

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2018-
  • The high-speed rail link between Helsinki and Turku is a remarkable project both regionally and nationally. It will increase commuting and have an impact, for example, on the business environment and the competitiveness of companies as well as land use and housing production.
  • The Helsinki-Turku project can be divided into four parts: the Espoo urban railway line, Espoo-Salo direct rail line, Salo-Turku double track and Turku railway yards.
  • The aim of the project is to prepare a broadly accepted general plan for the Espoo-Salo direct rail line.
  • Proxion is involved in the project as an expert in modelling as well as railway and geotechnical engineering.

Earthing design for Teollisuuskatu and Sörnäinen overbridge

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2018
  • Proxion was responsible for earthing system design for the railway bridges and other special structures between Pasila and Helsinki.
  • The aim of the project was to design the earthing system for an old railway bridge to meet the requirements of the electrified railways.
  • The work required extensive knowledge of railway bridge earthing and an analysis of the particular type of site.
  • Our designers ensured that the earthing system will meet the requirements of the electrified railways.

Construction planning for Riihimäki station area

  • Finnish Transport Agency and City of Riihimäki, 2017-
  • This project is part of a larger project aiming to increase capacity between Pasila and Riihimäki.
  • The project includes planning the station and island platforms as well as the underpass, including cable routes, trace heating and platform units as well as power supply and cabling for lighting, signs, cameras and the PA system.

Railway project Seinäjoki–Oulu; traffic operating point of Oulunlahti, railway and construction planning

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2017-2018
  • A railway and construction plan was prepared for the new Oulunlahti traffic operating point on the section between Ylivieska and Oulu. The new traffic operating point will facilitate the meeting of trains as well as the operability of the triangular junction to be built in Oulu.
  • The project included infrastructure, signalling systems, railway electrification and high-voltage engineering.

Construction planning for additional western track in Pasila

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2016-2017
  • The project included planning the additional western track in Pasila and the modification of platform 5B, including cable routes, lighting, trace heating and platform units as well as power supply and cabling for signs, cameras and the PA system. In addition, design work included lighting for the northern underpass extension, Haarakallio bridge lighting, switch heating and lighting for the new switches on the additional western track as well as disconnector cabling.

Machine-readable train route data

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2017
  • In cooperation with the Finnish Transport Agency and Solita, Proxion carried out a study regarding the generation of machine-readable train route data through the existing signalling systems.
  • In the future, the data will be needed as the management of railway network capacity and conflict resolution become automated, enabling more efficient use of the railways.
  • Proxion’s solution combines signalling system expertise with the use of the ProVISU system, offering an effective way to create a digital twin of interlocking functions.

Tornio steel plant

  • Outokumpu Oy 2018
  • Railway maintenance
  • Safety management

Level crossing systems in Eastern Finland

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2018
  • Proxion carried out the construction of a warning system for three level crossings on the Finnish Transport Agency’s railway network in Eastern Finland.

Extension of Oulainen traffic operating point, construction plan and road 7890 between Pohjolankatu and Matosaarentie, road plan

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2017- (ongoing project)
  • The Oulainen traffic operating point is a bottleneck area. The aim is to extend the traffic operating point to achieve a usable length of 925 metres. The work also includes drawing up a road and construction plan for the road crossing the railway line.
  • The project includes road and railway infrastructure planning as well as signalling system, railway electrification and high-voltage engineering.

Oulunlahti traffic operating point, railway and construction plan

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2017- (ongoing project)
  • In the general plan for the railway section between Ylivieska and Oulu, south of the planned Oulu triangular junction, a railway and construction plan will be drawn up for the new traffic operating point. The new traffic operating point will facilitate the meeting of trains as well as the operability of the triangular junction to be built in Oulu.
  • The project includes infrastructure, signalling systems, railway electrification and high-voltage engineering.

Improvement of coastal rail line in Jeppas area, railway plan

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2017- (ongoing project)
  • The aim of the project is to prepare a railway plan, in compliance with the Rail Tracks Act, for the improvement of the kilometre section 38+400-40+440 between Kirkkonummi and Turku, including the improvement of stability on soft ground, rearrangement of drainage systems and removal of a level crossing, including alternative traffic and road arrangements.
  • The project includes road, street and railway infrastructure planning as well as signalling system, railway electrification and high-voltage engineering.

Vuosaari Harbour

  • Port Of Helsinki 2017-2018
  • Construction of rails for the pulp terminal
  • Construction of warning systems for several level crossings
  • A functionality study of rail transport throughout the harbour. A comprehensive compilation of transport-related observations was collected from those using the rails. Based on the observations, it was possible to offer proposals for improving both the existing systems and current operational models.

RITA project

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2016-2017
  • The project area includes 16 traffic operating points. The railway section is approx. 110 km long and has two tracks for the entire distance with the exception of the triple track section between Sääksjärvi and Tampere. Proxion was responsible for the Riihimäki-Vinnilä section (part 1).
  • The aim of the project is to ensure smooth operations on the main line and improve its usability.
  • The project included signalling system design.

Kilpua traffic operating point and curve straightening at 723 km

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2016-2017
  • The length of the Kilpua traffic operating point and the curve at the kilometre point 723 formed bottlenecks. The aim was to extend the traffic operating point to achieve a usable length of 925 metres with two tracks and increase the speed level to 200 km/h for traditional rolling stock through the straightening of a curve.
  • The project included infrastructure, signalling systems, railway electrification and high-voltage engineering.

Development of railway network maintenance and management systems

Finnish Transport Agency, 2016-2018

The development of railway network maintenance and management systems is one of the sub-projects of the Finnish Transport Agency’s digitalisation project. The project takes places from 2016 to 2018.

The aim of the project is to build a digital system and efficient processes that help improve the safety of the railway network, punctuality of transport and cost-effectiveness of maintenance.

In this project carried out using the methods of agile development, Proxion’s experts serve as a product owner of the infrastructure register and as quality assurers for railway infrastructure data. Proxion also provides expertise in infrastructure and technical railway system design.

Proxion is Welado’s subcontractor for this project.

https://www.liikennevirasto.fi/hankkeet/digitalisaatiohanke/rataverkon-kunnossapidon-ja-yllapitojarjestelmien-kehittaminen

Technical control centre

Finnish Transport Agency, 2015-

  • Facility and tunnel-related monitoring tasks for the Ring Rail Line and Vuosaari rail line
  • Monitoring of rolling stock monitoring systems and information analysis as well as initiation of further measures on the railway lines

Safety certificates and authorisations

  • Proxion has carried out dozens of application processes regarding safety certificates and authorisations.
  • A safety authorisation enables one to act as an infrastructure manager, while a safety certificate is required from a rail transport operator.
  • Proxion has provided the following services for customer companies:
    • prepared safety management systems for railway operations in compliance with the EU assessment criteria, either as separate solutions or integrated management systems
    • implemented procedures in accordance with the safety management system
    • applied for a safety authorisation and/or certificate required by the Railways Act.

Luumäki-Imatra freight railway plan

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2015-2017 Proxion Plan served as WSP’s sub-consultant.
  • The purpose of the project was to plan a double track railway between Joutseno and Imatra, including tracks with a usable length of 1,100 m for Joutseno, Muukko and Törölä. A new siding was designed for Lauritsala. Interlocking systems, including exterior equipment, were replaced between Luumäki and Lappeenranta.
  • The aim of the project is to improve the capacity of the railway section which is important for industrial transport. With regard to passenger transport, the aim was to improve the level of service in the cities of Lappeenranta, Imatra and Joensuu in Eastern Finland. The project aims at increasing speed levels as much as possible.
  • The project included signalling systems, railway electrification and high-voltage engineering.

HELRA – Helsinki railway yard

  • HELRA – improvement plan for the functionality of Helsinki railway yard
  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2014-2015
  • The project was carried out in cooperation with Ramboll Finland Oy. The plan to improve the functionality of the railway yard was a continuation of the planning project carried out in 2012-2013 to reduce the railway yard’s sensitivity to disruptions and to improve its capacity.
  • Proxion was responsible for project management as well signalling systems, railway electrification and high-voltage engineering.
  • As part of the planning, we utilised a unique functionality visualisation system.

ERTMS – ETCS

  • Finnish Transport Agency, May-September 2014
  • Exploratory work to define the national ETCS parameters in cooperation with the railway operator.
  • Proxion carried out the project together with VR. The aim of the project was to produce operating rules and define the national parameters and the use thereof in different situations.
  • The results will be used in the design of Vectron locomotives and in the subsequent projects aiming at the implementation and further planning of the ETCS.

City Rail Loop

  • Signalling systems, traffic control and railway electrification engineering for the City Rail Loop
  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2013-2017
  • Proxion was responsible for the signalling systems, traffic control and railway electrification engineering for the City Rail Loop.
  • The aim of the project was to improve the railway capacity in the Helsinki area and reduce the Helsinki railway yard’s sensitivity to disruptions.
  • Proxion was responsible for designing a new signalling system as well as for railway electrification engineering. The connections between the City Rail Loop and the Helsinki railway yard also demanded particular attention. The design work required us to take the transport requirements into consideration and analyse the functionality of different technical systems. Our designers ensured that the system will functionally meet the transport requirements.

Kokkola-Ylivieska commissioning inspection

  • Kokkola–Ylivieska was part of the Seinäjoki-Oulu railway project. The aim of the project was to make train traffic smoother and increase rail capacity.
  • Proxion was responsible for ensuring that the new signalling systems for the new double track section were safe to use. The commissioning inspection organisation was responsible for inspecting the signalling system plans as well as the new system and test its operation.
  • Through a successful inspection Proxion ensured that the double track railway was safe to use.

Construction project RU2 Riippa-Eskola

  • Destia subcontracting, 2012-
  • RU2 is part of the Kokkola-Ylivieska double track project and also part of the biggest railway project in Finland, taking place between Seinäjoki and Oulu.
  • Proxion has worked on cable route planning, lighting design as well as high-voltage and electrification engineering. In addition, we have served as a signalling system and railway electrification expert.
  • As part of the project, our experts have helped ensure a flexible coordination of different technical fields. Cost-effective plans and improved functionality have played a key role.
  • The project is socially important and will improve the profitability of business activities. The double track section will enable the development of train transport, shorten travel times, increase safety and reduce disruptions. The removal of level crossings will improve both road and rail safety.

Metro project planning

  • Matinkylä-Espoonlahti metro project planning, signalling systems and electrification
  • Ramboll/City of Espoo, 2011–2012
  • The project planning was launched to extend the west metro to Kivenlahti, Espoo
  • Proxion was responsible for the functionality of the metro line and depot options, signalling system arrangements as well as railway electrification and power supply engineering.
  • Through the planning process, Proxion introduced a functionality examination, common in the railway world, to the planning of metro depot operations.

Signalling system engineering for the Ring Rail Line

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2010-2014
  • The Ring Rail Line forms an important public transportation connection from the Vantaankoski station to Tikkurila through the airport. The rail line was opened in July 2015.
  • Proxion was responsible for planning the construction of signalling systems as well as planning during construction.
  • For the first time in Finland, signalling system engineering was done for a tunnel on such a large scale. The project combined different technical fields and new technical solutions more than any other project before, for example with regard to the underground stations, new signalling systems, overhead conductor rail as well as tunnel fire doors. The coordination of different technical fields and transport needs ensures a safe and smooth connection when traveling to the airport by train.

Finnish Transport Agency’s instructions

  • Preparing and updating of the Finnish Transport Agency’s guidelines
  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2009- (ongoing work)
  • Proxion has been involved in preparing and updating many of the Finnish Transport Agency’s guidelines.
  • E.g. RATO 6, RATO 10, B18 and FIR, speed change instructions, updating of the railway safety material and the guide to safe work on electrified railways
  • Proxion provides Finland’s leading expertise for both updating existing guidelines and preparing entirely new guidelines, especially in relation to signalling systems and ATP planning.

Iisalmi and Siilinjärvi traffic operating points

  • Signalling system engineering and commissioning inspections for Iisalmi and Siilinjärvi traffic operating points
  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2009-2013
  • The aim of the project was to update the old signalling systems at the stations to improve traffic flow.
  • Proxion was responsible for signalling system engineering as well as commissioning inspections for the signalling systems and ATP systems.
  • As part of the project, traffic control and practices at the stations were harmonised.

Voltage break planning

  • Finnish Transport Agency, 2009-2014
  • Maintenance work on electrified railways requires that parts of equipment are disconnected from voltage supply. The purpose of voltage break planning is to ensure safe breaks that cause as little inconvenience to traffic as possible.
  • Proxion was responsible for the planning of voltage breaks on the Finnish Transport Agency’s railway network.
  • The planning was done for the operating centres using the KATKO software developed by Proxion with the centres taking care of the actual breaks.
  • The designers worked in close cooperation with the operating centres, traffic control and the customer. This made it possible to develop the planning activities to support the operating centre functions and especially the implementation of voltage breaks as much as possible.

VISU – Visualisation and functionality examinations

  • 2008- (development work continues)
  • Based on the experiences from signalling system engineering, Proxion noticed a need for a design system that enables the modelling and visualisation of plans.
  • The graphic presentation ensures high-quality plans and also makes it easier to check the plans and thus reduce the risk of mistakes. The visualisation of plans also allows us to facilitate the coordination of plans and overall examination of functionality and help other stakeholders understand the different phases of planning.