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London Stansted

Control & Communication system specialists Fir...

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London Stansted

London Stansted

Control & Communication system specialists Firstco have been awarded a Manchester Airport Group contract to replace the Automatic Train Operation central control system of the driver-less Track Transit / People Mover system at Stansted Airport.

The Firstco integrated Siemens WinCC OA based solution will deliver a highly available, safe system, with user friendly control room operator workstations. Automated control will be by a pair of central controllers while supervisory control will be via operator workstations with real-time graphical representations of the people mover system. The graphics will show train locations and status, and other status information including terminal and satellite stations, traction power and tunnel ventilation systems.

In addition to new controllers and control room workstations, Firstco will provide a simulator for operator training. The £2.1M contract is scheduled to be delivered in one year, with virtually no disruptions to people mover operations. Firstco look forward to working with the Office of Rail Regulation and Stansted Airport Engineering to deliver a robust, fully assured safe system.

Control

Control

Plant, Specialist, Metering, Lighting, Access, Surveillance, Fire Ala...

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Control

  • Plant,
  • Specialist,
  • Metering,
  • Lighting,
  • Access,
  • Surveillance,
  • Fire Alarm
The NCE Forum

The Firstco Team exhibited at the NCE Future Techn...

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The NCE Forum

The NCE Forum

The Firstco Team exhibited at the NCE Future Technology Forum, which featured; topical discussions, cross-sector client panels, strategic round-tables and interactive sessions putting the spotlight on the technologies that are revolutionising the industry.

More information is available here: http://futuretechnology.nce.co.uk/event-overview#sthash.bR9MeXKO.dpuf

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Securing Industrial Control Systems on a Virtual Platform

Securing Industrial Control Systems on a Virtual P...

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Securing Industrial Control Systems on a Virtual Platform

To read our whitepaper on ‘Securing Industrial Control Systems on a Virtual Platform’ and how to best protect the vital virtual business assets, please click the link below:

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Airport

Airport

Airport

We have worked on many different airport projects, both airside and la...

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Airport

We have worked on many different airport projects, both airside and landside, including:

  • Terminal construction – security, building, information and air operational systems
  • Integrated control and equipment rooms
  • Control and monitoring of airport utilities such as electricity, air and water
  • Airfield communication and radio networks
  • Monitoring of lifts, escalators and passenger boarding bridges
  • Energy metering

Combined with our rail expertise we are ideally placed to support inter-modal transport projects where air meets, road, rail, metro, trams, people movers or driverless pod.

The British – Irish Airports Expo

The British – Irish Airports Expo

The British-Irish Airports EXPO will host the big...

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The British – Irish Airports Expo

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The British-Irish Airports EXPO will host the biggest exhibition of its kind in Britain or Ireland, as well as a complimentary conference, Gala Party and guided tours of Birmingham Airport’s facilities. The two-day event is expected to attract more than 130 exhibitors and in excess of 1,000 airport industry executives.

Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham International Airport, said: “The emergence of a major industry EXPO for Britain and Ireland, which celebrates our world-respected airports network and provides a platform for the community to come together to plan and seek inspiration on its next moves, is long overdue and we here at Birmingham Airport are very proud and excited to host it.”

The EXPO will feature three zones dedicated to ‘Terminal’, ‘Airside & ATC’ and ‘Design & Construction’, with the airport industry’s largest names exhibiting alongside the small and medium enterprises that play an equally vital role in the airport ecosystem. In addition, an outdoor vehicle display zone will offer demonstrations from suppliers of fire, winter service and ground support vehicles.

The free to attend conference will include carefully curated content delivered by airport operators of all sizes, featuring case studies, activity reports and future plans. Birmingham Airport will also host a Gala Party for colleagues from UK and Irish airports and airlines, which will take place at The Vox, a cutting-edge new venue situated within Resorts World at the NEC Birmingham.

This event will take place at the NEC Birmingham from 8-9 June 2016 and Firstco will be attendance.

You can find out more and register for your free pass at: http://www.airports-expo.com/

Are you an Operator?

Are you an Operator?

We work with your team from ‘concept to completi...

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Are you an Operator?

We work with your team from ‘concept to completion’ and provide training and ongoing support for your staff. We are experienced in major transport integration projects such as Terminal 2, Terminal 5 and Crossrail.

Northern Line Extension

Firstco are designing the station systems for the...

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Northern Line Extension

Northern Line Extension

Firstco are designing the station systems for the Northern Line Extension (NLE) programme of work,

A complete overview of the Northern Line Extension Programme can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/j2nll7g

 

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Rail

Rail

Rail

We have worked on multiple rail projects, including:  trackside, back...

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Rail

We have worked on multiple rail projects, including:  trackside, back of house and passenger facing, these encompass:

  • Station construction projects – security, building, information and rail operational systems
  • Line and station control and equipment rooms
  • Line and station management systems
  • Passenger information such as public address and train information displays
  • Communications and radio networks, particularly underground
  • Tunnel ventilation control systems
  • Traction power control
  • Innovative level crossing communications

As well as heavy rail and metro systems we have experience in trams, people movers and driverless pods.

Communication

Communication

Data Transmission, Wireless, Passenger Information, Fixed Voice, Cabl...

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Communication

  • Data Transmission,
  • Wireless,
  • Passenger Information,
  • Fixed Voice,
  • Cable and Space
Ports

Ports

Ports

We have a long track record of cargo port projects including: Port co...

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Ports

We have a long track record of cargo port projects including:

  • Port construction – security, building, information and port operational systems
  • Integrated control and equipment rooms
  • Control and monitoring of port utilities such as electricity, air and water
  • Communication and radio networks
  • Energy metering

Specialist Engineering

Specialist Engineering

Systems Engineering, System Safety, System (Cyber) Security, Reliabil...

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Specialist Engineering

  • Systems Engineering,
  • System Safety,
  • System (Cyber) Security,
  • Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM),
  • Human Factors,
  • Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC)
Project Manager Q&A

Andy is a Project Manager at Firstco. He has wo...

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Project Manager Q&A

Project Manager Q&A

Andy is a Project Manager at Firstco. He has worked on a number of key projects, including; Cooling the Tube and NATS, the UKs leading provider of air traffic control systems.

Why did you become an engineer?

I grew up on a farm in Monmouthshire South Wales. My Dad was an engineer and he used to repair a lot of machinery so I virtually grew up in his workshop. At school, I was good at Maths, Physics and those kinds of subjects. I was always going to work with technology in a hands-on role and I gravitated towards computer systems. I love to develop and build things, which is a neat way of explaining what engineering is.

What’s your engineering background?

I’ve been in this industry for about ten years now. I did a Systems Engineering degree at Warwick University (2001-2005) where the course had a real-world focus.While I was a student I worked part-time for a company in industrial automation, which is how I got into this sector. As a graduate a lot of my work was in factory automation and process industries such as the steel works in South Wales. Before Firstco, I worked for one company: Control Systems Services, Newport, and Tata Steel was one of our biggest customers.

When did you join Firstco?

I joined Firstco in June 2013 after I was persuaded to move to London by my lovely wife. Firstco represented an ideal opportunity to develop my career into new markets and larger projects, whilst making best use of the skills and experience I had developed.

Tell us about some of the key projects that you’ve worked on?

The first project I worked on was Potable Pumps at Heathrow where we upgraded the water distribution system around the airport.

One of my major projects is Cooling the Tube with London Underground. I’m the Programme Manager and work with an innovative team focusing specifically on keeping the heat down, constantly looking at new ways of cooling everything. I get a lot of job satisfaction from jobs that have societal benefits. The Cooling the Tube project has a very tangible impact so I have a sense of pride.

Other projects include a safety system on London Underground. We set up a system to trip/cut the power if anyone falls on the tracks. We upgraded an existing trip system to support the multi-million-pound major redevelopment of the sub-surface lines (Circles, District, H&C, Metropolitan). The upgrade required a remote means of controlling and monitoring the legacy system from a new operations centre. The system was designed and installed to meet rigorous safety standards.

Network Rail has an internal Research and Development team looking at innovations they can make on the railway. Cable theft is a major issue so we are exploring how they can work without cables, looking at wireless communications. It’s cutting edge work so there is a lot of job satisfaction

I’m currently the Project Manager on a major new project with NATS, reviewing and upgrading the electrical management system that powers the air traffic control equipment at their Portsmouth centre. I’m currently putting the team together and the project will run for over a year.

What are your highlights from working at Firstco?

At Firstco, we’ve set up our research Technical Innovation Group which includes half a dozen staff who look at better ways of doing things. For example, how do we turn emerging technology into opportunities for us? This research group gives me another creative outlet. I also mentor a few of the junior members of the team and enjoy seeing them achieve their full potential.

What do you most like about working for Firstco?

Most companies claim to be people focused but Firstco really deliver on that. We recruit very well, employing people with a similar ethos. We look after people and there’s a lot of focus on training and development. Since joining, I’ve got an accreditation in Project Management and have also become a Chartered Engineer.

How has Firstco changed since you joined in June 2013?

Firstco has grown in size with a lot more staff and larger higher status projects. Our industry works on reputation and track record and Firstco is going from strength to strength.

What are your thoughts on the location of the office?

Paddington is very convenient for staff and clients. A lot of our work is on our doorstep: London Underground and Heathrow. This means you can meet clients easily.

Would you say that there’s a good social scene at Firstco?

The company looks after us very well by organizing a varied amount of social events. The nature of our work means staff split off into teams on projects so the social events mean we get to know each other. They include annual events such as a summer picnic and Xmas party plus everything from sport and film to theatre.

What do you like doing in your free time?

I’m a keen sportsman, playing rugby for a social side in London and working with a rugby-based charity, School of Hard Knocks. I enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, and like to take the opportunity to get out of London with my free time. Being based in west London makes it easy to get back to family and friends in Wales, and allows me to enjoy the best of both worlds.

 

 

 

Are you a Contractor?

Are you a Contractor?

Firstco are an independent Systems Design and Inte...

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Are you a Contractor?

Firstco are an independent Systems Design and Integration specialist who also work as a seamless part of your team to manage your system suppliers and sub-contractors; helping them to interface with each other effectively and efficiently, and to deliver on time and within budget. We also control the risk to your programme of ‘scope creep’ driven from Client change. We are experienced in major transport and complex building construction projects such as Terminal 2, Terminal 5 and Crossrail. We are experienced in working with major systems suppliers integrators such as Siemens, Alcatel, Honeywell.

WinCC OA User Days

WinCC OA User Days

Firstco recently presented at the WinCC OA User Da...

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WinCC OA User Days

Firstco recently presented at the WinCC OA User Days, This two-day event was held at “The Crystal” in the Royal Victoria Docks in the East End of London. With its modern design and integrated environmental technologies, this unique venue sets whole new standards in sustainability.


The event offered an extensive program focusing on the SCADA system SIMATIC WinCC Open Architecture. This popular event featured a number of informative talks and workshops on the latest developments as well as interesting experience reports from both customers and partners. The Firstco team presented on their work at Heathrow and the Fire Alarm Management System (for APOC), as well as their work on the Stansted TTS.

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Automation

Automation

Automation

Our core competency is our process control capability, including desig...

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Automation

Our core competency is our process control capability, including design & build of:

  • SCADA, BMS and PLC control systems
  • Data communication networks
  • Motor control centres

We ensure our automation systems are reliable, secure and provided at the appropriate Safety Integrity Level (SIL).

We provide automation services to:

  • Road Tunnels
  • Power generation and distribution
  • Medical systems
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food and beverage
  • IPTV

Our systems can control and monitor individual buildings or an entire campus.

Specialist Applications

Specialist Applications

Operational Control and Monitoring Systems, Signalling, HV Switching ...

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Specialist Applications

  • Operational Control and Monitoring Systems,
  • Signalling,
  • HV Switching Control,
  • Tunnel Ventilation Control,
  • Track Power Control,
  • In-Building and In-Tunnel Radio,
  • Asset Management,
  • Energy Management

Are you a Consultant?

Are you a Consultant?

Firstco are Consultant Engineers for Controls and ...

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Are you a Consultant?

Firstco are Consultant Engineers for Controls and Communications Systems. We work as a seamless part of your team, helping in clarifying the End-User’s operational and functional requirements and delivering design specifications that are open, ready for tendering and which drive real value for your Client. We are experienced in major transport integration projects such as Terminal 2, Terminal 5 and Crossrail. We are experienced in a wide range of controls and communications systems applications, such as security, voice & data communications, control & monitoring, customer information, revenue protection, hazard detection/protection, command & control.

NATS

NATS

The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) have sele...

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NATS

The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) have selected Firstco as their preferred supplier to replace their Electrical Management System (EMS) at their Swanwick control centre.

The EMS comprises of a number of outstations monitoring power systems linked by fibre optic networks to central control locations using SCADA software.

Firstco are delighted to be working with NATS on this key project.

Graduate Engineer Q&A

Matthew Hynes, 23 is a Graduate Engineer and joine...

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Graduate Engineer Q&A

Graduate Engineer Q&A

Matthew Hynes, 23 is a Graduate Engineer and joined Firstco in April 2015.

Why did you want to be an engineer?

It’s mainly my Dad’s fault. He’s always been into cars and worked for salvage companies, so I grew up with the idea of fixing and building things. I think it was ingrained in me from an early age.

Engineering background

I went to Bath University and studied Electrical and Electronic Engineer (2010-2013). Courses ranged from control systems to space technology.

When did you join Firstco?

I joined in April 2015 as a graduate engineer.

Key projects

I started work on the Northern Line Extension project, which was in its early stages and had only been going for a few months.
The Nine Elms and Battersea area is all being renovated so they wanted two new tube stops: Battersea Power station and Nine Elms.

What is your role?

It’s a big project so there are a lot of us in the team and a variety of work involved.
I started off doing document control, learning the process. Over time, I’ve taken on more responsibilities. First, I became a system lead for the clock systems.
More recently, I’ve been working on CCTV modeling with one other engineer.

Has it been a challenging project?

It’s very project driven and interesting learning each phase, attending meetings with a lot of people. I like working to deadlines and when we finished a deadline recently I had a good sense of achievement.

The graduate experience

It’s definitely been an eye opener working as a graduate at Firstco. I’m glad I chose Firstco as I’ve been able to get involved in a project from the very beginning. If I had joined a bigger company I wouldn’t have had so much hands-on experience at the start.
At Firstco there are at least half a dozen graduate engineers. Most of them are at Heathrow Express (HEX).

Most graduates have a mentor. I have a mentor who works on my project who has been here for five years. We meet regularly when I’m given advice on my engineering career and training courses.

Has Firstco changed much since you joined?

Firstco has grown. There are plenty of varied projects so there is lots of opportunity to do different things.

The location

The main office in Cellbridge Mews, near Paddington, is very convenient for the majority of people. I live in North West London (where I’m from) so it’s very handy for me and takes just ten minutes to walk from Paddington station.

Best things about Firstco

Everyone is very helpful and really friendly. I settled down easily and it feels like I’ve been here for longer than a year!
I love the relaxed atmosphere and flexibility of the company. Staff can work the hours they want so it’s not a nine to five culture.

Social events

It’s a very friendly atmosphere, we have a social committee which I’m part of. We have a budget and plan a variety of events. We’ve played golf, done white water rafting at weekends and we did an ‘Escape Room’ event the other week when people were locked in a room and had to work together to get out; we did it for social purposes, but it is great for team building!
The good thing about the events is if you don’t see people on site or in the main office you can see them socially.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to relax, go out with friends, watch films, travel as much as possible. I also enjoy DIY, art, music and play piano.

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“With our large and growing team of specialists working across all stages of the project lifecycle, Firstco are able to add real value on every infrastructure project.”

— Mike Gray – Firstco (Director)
Mike Gray – Firstco (Director)
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