Capital College and Anturas Consulting shortlisted for Business Award
Edinburgh College and Anturas Consulting have been named finalists in the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for an innovation project which aims to revolutionise railway safety verification in Scotland, England and beyond.
The College and Anturas have been shortlisted in the Innovation in Business category at the annual awards for their work in developing a tool to address the time-consuming current processes and ensure full compliance with the Railways and Other Guided System (ROGS) Regulations 2006.
Anturas Consulting is a leader in delivering Safety Verification Schemes and has worked on major projects including Edinburgh Trams and the ongoing Glasgow Subway Modernisation. However existing methods of determining safety verification requirements are costly and resource-intensive.
To tackle this issue head-on, Anturas Consulting and Edinburgh College have collaborated on an Innovation project funded by an Interface Standard Innovation Voucher. The project aims to develop a user-friendly, web-based application that streamlines the safety verification process and ensures compliance with ROGS regulations.
The project kicked off with Edinburgh College lecturer Jorge Correia working alongside Anturas to adapt the Microsoft Excel database that was at the limits of its application and develop a purpose-built web application that offers flexibility, security, and ease of use.
The new digital tool will guide users through the process of determining and implementing a Safety Verification Scheme, incorporating features including system definition, interface development, and preliminary hazard analysis. It will also integrate industry-standard risk models and commercial risk tools, providing a comprehensive solution for safety verification.
The current phase of development is focused on enhancing the application's front-end, optimising user experience, and implementing robust data security measures. The modular architecture of the application also allows for adaptability to client and industry needs, while a guided workflow assists users in framing Safety Verification Schemes efficiently.
Looking to the future, the College and Anturas plan to develop the back-end of the digital tool with the help of further funding.
The winners of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony taking place on Thursday 29 February 2024.
We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award alongside Anturas. It has been fantastic to work with a sector leading organisation on this Innovation project – showcasing the capabilities and expertise we have here at the College. It demonstrates the scope of innovation and creativity we have at our disposal which can make real difference across various industries.Shona Pettigrew, Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange