Rather than the traditional process of undertaking feasibility studies followed by detailed design and construction, the project was delivered under a design and build contract. This posed some unique challenges, including developing the design based only on the design criteria, delays in procuring equipment and getting station access to land, delays in depot design and interfacing between stakeholders (utilities) and contractors during construction.
For example, most rail tracks in Indonesia use the narrow gauge (1067mm), while tracks in other countries commonly use the standard gauge (1435mm). On this project, a narrow gauge was applied in a fast-tracked design and build environment, presenting procurement challenges.
“Teamwork was essential to overcoming these issues and finding practical solutions. Our teams worked to ensure coordination and a shared vision between the suppliers, contractors, operators and all the stakeholders involved. This required effective communication – discussing issues as they arose, a willingness to listen and understand stakeholders’ motivations, and finding solutions based on consensus,” James Wijaya, Deputy Project Manager, explains.
International specialist experience in safety was also essentialin relation to the use of a third rail – a first for Indonesia – to power the train sets due to their high voltage and being located above ground. Our technical team embedded safety into construction methods, railway systems testing, sitesupervision and all meetings. SMEC provided the interface, limited integration and rail system experts to supervise railway testing, a key phase in the LRT becoming operational.