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Control

Control

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

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Control

  • Plant,
  • Specialist,
  • Metering,
  • Lighting,
  • Access,
  • Surveillance,
  • Fire Alarm
Automation

Accelerated Roads Delivery

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Accelerated Roads Delivery

Accelerated Roads Delivery

The Highways Agency (HA) wished to accelerate the delivery of three managed motorway schemes in order to achieve closeout by spring 2015. To assist in achieving this acceleration, the HA appointed Jacobs to provide development and design leadership of the accelerated delivery core team. Jacobs appointed Firstco as control and communications specialist sub-consultants to produce a technology report that:

  • Detailed the findings of the strategic review of technology and the process of its delivery
  • Made practical recommendations that HA could implement on current Accelerated Delivery schemes to enable it to move towards ‘plug and play technology’

The strategic review examined the way in which HA designs, procures, installs, tests and commissions technology on Managed Motorway schemes.

The HA ‘accelerated delivery vision for technology’ is for fully fitted commissioned equipment to be installed in the field into a system ready network. This drastically reduces the time required for on-site testing and commissioning – characterised as ‘plug and play technology’.

Members of the following HA teams were interviewed for their opinions of HA technology and its delivery process:

  • Traffic Technology Division (TTD)
  • National Roadside Communication Service (NRTS)
  • Common Highways Agency Rijkswaterstaat Model (CHARM) team.
  • Major Projects
  • Scheme Designer
  • Delivery Partner

The technology report combined the interview findings with best practice from other transport industries to make practical acceleration proposals.

Firstco Win London Stansted Contract

Control & Communication system specialists Fir...

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Firstco Win London Stansted Contract

Firstco Win London Stansted Contract

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.

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.

Airport

Muscat and Salalah Airports

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Muscat and Salalah Airports

Muscat and Salalah Airports

Firstco supported Ultra Electronics Airport Systems in their bid to supply all airport systems for the two new airport developments at Muscat and Salalah in the Sultanate of Oman.

Firstco supported the Ultra Project Team by providing Design and Delivery Management as well as Stakeholder Engagement and Interface Management Teams for:

 

  • Fire and security systems
  • Active and passive LAN
  • Airport operational systems
  • Cellular and media systems
  • Other non-critical system groups

Firstco had an onsite team consisting of approximately 14 engineers (including local Omani graduates) which was led by Firstco Director Martin Parris who was based in Oman for three years to oversee the project:

“This project represented a fantastic opportunity for Firstco to support Ultra’s first class product offering and provide them with the Stakeholder and Technical Interface Management expertise we have gained over a number of years, whilst working on other complex transportation projects.”

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.

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
Airport

Control & Communications

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Control & Communications

Control & Communications

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia wished to build a replacement terminal and increase runway capacity at Madinah Airport.

The GACA architects GMW appointed URS to provide airfield scheme designs. URS appointed Firstco as control and communications specialist sub consultants to produce Airfield communications and airport SCADA designs.

 

 

The Airfield communications system included:

  • Aviation Fuel
  • Airfield Ground Lighting
  • Metrological
  • MV Substations

The systems controlled and/or monitored by SCADA included:

  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning and Plumbing
  • Passenger Conveying
  • Fire Alarms, Automated Fire Extinguishers. Fire Doors, Shutters & Smoke Ventilation
  • Public Address & Voice Alarm
  • Security
  • Indoor Lighting
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Baggage Handling
  • Baggage Screening
  • District Cooling
  • Sewage Plant
  • Water Plant
  • Power Plant & Medium Voltage Generation
  • Medium Voltage Transformers & Switchgear and Low Voltage Low Voltage Switchgear
  • Visual Docking Guidance
  • Fuel Interceptors
  • Ground Power Units
  • Passenger Boarding Bridges
  • Boarding Bridge Cooling
  • Preconditioned Air
  • Battery Charging
  • Navigational Aids
  • Metrological
  • Low Voltage Back-up Uninterruptible Power Supplies
  • Low Voltage Back-up Generators
  • Electricity Meters
  • Water Meters

 

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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
Ports

Apapa Port

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Apapa Port

Apapa Port

Firstco delivered a scheme design document, an asset tagging standard, and block diagrams providing an overview of each Control & Monitoring (C&M) System.

The designs represented the optimum combination of transport industry best practice and specific client requirements with respect to functionality, modularisation, constructability & maintainability. This ensured that the client could maximise the return on its huge investment and provide a world-class port facility.

Following its privatisation in 2006, APM Terminals Apapa Ltd (APMTAL) took over the operation of the Apapa Container Terminal, Lagos, which is the main gateway for Nigerian trade. It immediately announced plans for a major upgrade to the port’s facilities, including new infrastructure and equipment.

Scott Wilson were appointed by APMTAL to assist with the preparation of tender documents for the terminal’s development. Firstco were appointed by Scott Wilson as the sub-consultant specialising in C&M Systems. They were initially asked to undertake site surveys and scheme design, and were also involved in the technical evaluation of tenders.

The scheme design, prepared by Firstco, outlined the requirements of the Container Terminal C&M Systems including:

  • CCTV
  • Access control
  • Telephones
  • IT
  • Radio / wireless
  • Terminal Operating System
  • Building Management System
  • Fire detection

The above systems utilised both optical fibre and copper cabling networks for communication, the requirements of which were also outlined.

 

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Information & Communications Technology

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Information & Communications Technology

Information & Communications Technology

The Heathrow Terminal 2 project is a £2.5billion 400,000m² passenger terminal facility that includes a main terminal building, a satellite terminal building, multi-storey car park and cooling station.

Firstco were engaged to develop client requirements for over 70 systems into a full Scheme Design for delivery by specialist systems providers and complex building integrators. During the delivery stage of the project Firstco were retained to provide a Technical Assurance function by providing Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) to maintain design continuity and quality through technical responses and design reviews.

Firstco provided Information & Communication Technology (ICT) engineering resources to a Design, Manage & Integrate (DMI) Framework led by Mott Macdonald and appointed by Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL).

Terminal 2 ICT system scope included:

  • Communication Infrastructure
  • Building Controls & Monitoring
  • Security Systems
  • Life Safety Systems
  • Airport Operational Systems

To ensure a successful delivery of the ICT systems Firstco worked within a strict requirements capture process from which they developed comprehensive system performance specifications underpinned by a proactive interface management ethos.

Firstco’s ability to understand and interpret the language of architects, structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, communication and control engineers into a common language understood by all parties was key to the successful determination of the design and its interface requirements.

Firstco have, and will continue to provide, the very best in technical design & assurance services in a wide range of specialist ICT systems used across the airport and other transport sectors.

John Myers, the Firstco DMI team lead points out, “By adding value throughout the entire project lifecycle, Firstco has remained the ICT partner of choice for HAL and their tier one DMI consultants Mott MacDonald”

Heathrow Terminal 2 is now fully operational and Firstco are proud to be a part of the team involved in making it happen.

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.

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)
Rail

Cooling The Tube

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Cooling The Tube

Cooling The Tube

The ever increasing temperatures on the LU are an unfortunate side effect of TFL’s success. With services regularly increasing and faster trains being introduced, the end result is that more energy is being used. This in turn results in an increase in ambient temperature. Extracting heat from the London Underground (LU) tunnel network has proven a huge engineering challenge in the past. Preventing temperatures from rising to unacceptable levels meant developing new technologies, whilst utilising existing approaches.

The initial ‘Cooling the Tube’ programme (Tranche 2) was awarded to Firstco in June 2009. The team led by Darren Grey – designed, developed and implemented a shaft ventilation control system during this successful nine month assignment. This saw new fans being installed doubling the air handling capacity, and providing much needed cooling for the Victoria Line. After the success of Tranche 2, Firstco were awarded the Tranche 3 package of work for Morgan Professional Services in 2010. This encompassed four mid-tunnel ventilation shafts (MTVSs) on the London Underground Victoria Line. A team of six skilled design engineers provided design services up to RIBA stage F, and presented the design package for an interim control system (IMCS) at all four of these sites.

Firstco worked with Mansell, the principal contractors responsible for delivering the second stage (build) of the projects ventilation shafts for Tranche 3, by providing all relevant control systems. Having tried and tested this approach during Tranche 2, Firstco used their on-going expertise and experience to ensure a ‘right first time’ approach. A retrofitting of the control systems on five other ventilation shafts (Tranche 1) was then awarded to Firstco in January 2011. These shafts were originally delivered by two separate consortia in 2008 and it was Firstco’s job to provide commonality between the existing and new systems designed during the Tranche 2 contract.

These projects involved both the design and delivery of the control system including; hardware testing and commissioning through to the final handover and delivery into service.

Initially the proposed network presented certain challenges, due to low bandwidth and cost of uptime. The Firstco team proposed a design that employed the use of VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunnels which acted as a two way monitoring system, aimed at combatting the problem successfully. This communications method provides maximum availability and uptime to control and monitor the cooling assets. Firstco are one of many skilled partners who have worked on the ‘Cooling the Tube’ programme. Completion of these challenging and exciting projects fulfilled the vision as seen by both TfL and London Underground. By delivering the project objectives on time and to budget in accordance with client requirements, Firstco were able to develop their relationship with the LU and other key stakeholders by providing a first class and successful solution to their problems.

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
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.

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.

Rail

Crossrail

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Crossrail

Crossrail

Firstco used their extensive knowledge of non-critical rail and station systems, especially in a sub-surface environment, to provide Crossrail with input to the Cost Book and production of Functional Design Specifications (FDS). This provided the required level of cost certainty and enabled the project to move forward to the next phase.

Crossrail is an exciting and visionary new railway proposal for London and the South-East. It will deliver a world-class, affordable railway, with a high frequency, convenient and accessible train service across the capital from 2017. The route goes from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west right across the capital into Essex and Kent in the east. It travels underground through the city centre between Paddington and east London.

Firstco completed initial FDS to enable London Crossrail to submit its plans to parliament for approval. Firstco acted as specialist consultants for the communications and controls systems to be used in the stations and tunnels of the proposed cross-London rail link.

This included:

  • Providing specialist input to the project leaders for communications and controls systems and systems engineering
  • Ensuring the systems requirements of the stakeholders (user, operator and maintainer) were fully understood
  • Helping to clarify the briefs to enable the sub-project teams to move forward with their definition and detailed designs
  • Producing GRIP 3/4 designs for the communications and control systems for the central area sub-surface stations
  • Assisting in interfaces with specialist client and supplier systems teams and the existing rail stakeholders (London Underground and Network Rail)
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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.”

— Bill Martin – Firstco (Director)
Bill Martin – Firstco (Director)
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