Our client requested a solution to a serious multi disciplinary, passenger safety and management problem. The potential CAFs had been identified previously, categorised by hazards to the safe and reliable operation of the railway. It had been found that there were over 600 CAFs.
Touchstone Renard’s Role
Our role was to make the resolution of CAFs part of the current business activities for our client. Extensive consultation was required with project and maintenance managers to secure ways of absorbing as many of the CAFs as possible into existing programmes.
Touchstone Renard’s approach was to analyse obstacles and develop a workable solution. A database and management reporting routine was required to provide confidence to our client that the CAF programme was well managed and controlled. Therefore we developed a model that captured all the data into a single location and provided simplified reporting, categorisation and analysis.
It was essential to engage the agreement of our client’s personnel to take responsibility for the CAF’s activities, their priorities and timescales. This required a significant amount of consultation and liaison to reach a full understanding between different personnel and their departments. The financial impact of CAF allocation was also examined carefully.
The work involved statistical analysis of asset management performance and ascertainment of root causes of failure. The information assembled was presented to assist the creation of future asset management systems by anticipating key influencing factors.
Working across all management levels and numerous internal facilities, the problems were conceptualised and a working solution was synthesised. CAFs were prioritised, owners identified and funding secured.
Data from the developed database was imported into a new corporate Active Risk Management System.
Touchstone Renard delivered and our client accepted a robust programme for the on-going mitigation and management of CAFs. The process was embedded into the system, producing cost saving potentials for our client. The scope was then expanded to deliver other reporting and data capture processes, resulting in the development of safety risk indicators for our client’s management board.