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Vara lakshmi Penneru

Rail Signalling - PDA (Project Design Authority) & Engineering Manager

Vara lakshmi Penneru
Professional Status
About Me
• A result-oriented professional over 18+ years of experience in Railway Signalling Industry in Designs, Vendor Management, Customer Co-ordination, Project Management combining comprehensive technical knowledge and management skills, allowing problems to be solved creatively but with a broad understanding of stakeholder needs and attention to detail that ensures robust solutions
• IRSE Signalling Principle designer and Signalling Verifier
• Member of IRSE (MIRSE)
• Member of Singapore Standards committee

• Expert in Re-Signaling (brownfield) CBTC Projects and System Migration strategy Management
• Proven ability to analyze complex strategic and tactical problems into component parts.
• Outstanding delivery focus and attention to detail ensuring robust delivery of multidisciplinary solutions meeting the needs of all stakeholders.
• Committed to Quality, Accuracy, Timeliness and Efficiency in delivering allocated tasks.
• Managing and developing teams on CBTC systems

• CBTC system
• Project Management
• Vendor and Sub-contractor selection and management
• Customer co-ordination
• Team management
• Resource development, competency management system
• Co-ordination management with systemwide contractors
• Technical proposals
• Budget forecasting
• Management of Shutdown projects
  • • Oversee the conduct and approve the outcome of trade studies to evaluate design alternatives in order to provide advice to both the customer and internal technical teams.
    • Coach and mentor architectural and technical teams.
    • Lead collaborative discussion between internal teams, vendors and customers to clarify and define system requirements.
    • Consult with customers and their representatives in order to appropriately influence system architecture and design.
    • Ensure that the proposed architecture and design will meet the customer’s requirements
    • Approve the system architecture, and provide leadership and guidance to the architecture team
    • Through broad consultation, produce documentation in support of the project, to the satisfaction of the customer.
    • Review and evaluate company and third party documentation and products.
    • Liaise with customers on technical, architectural and procedural issues as required.
    • Other duties as directed by the Project Manager.
    • Ensuring the implementation of multi-project synergies in order to optimize cost of technical solutions.
    • Developing and implementing policies, standards and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed in the Program, in conjunction with the Systems Engineering Manager.
    • Review of safety documentation and leading HAZOP sessions.
    • Review of CBTC design documents and control tables.
  • • Working as Engineering Manager with responsible to provide hardware solutions for Wayside signalling interface design including hardware components selection.
    • Head of Department - HOD for all the engineering designs for NSEW Singapore
    project with existing Westinghouse rail system interface with CBTC Thales PMI moving block system, Changeover Cubicle comprises 54 stations and a route length of 94 km.
    • Migration strategy Manager for all the NSEWP projects
    • Ensure that technical and safety standarfd are maintained in all aspects of design within the allocated project
    • Responsible to confirm that all design work is controlled, implemented and undertaken in accordance with relevant instructions/standards.
    • Manage the team resources and work package with forecasting manpower requirement to management for all the design works
    • Assist and monitor with the planning and progress of works in relation to timeline and budget.
    • Trained Singapore SMRT maintenance and operations team on CBTC wayside signalling design principles.
    • Presented NSEW Re-signalling wayside interlocking design and changeover principles to IRSE Singapore and IRSE Malaysia sections.
    • Responsible to deliver Proof of Concept stations, North South Line, East west line and Tuas extension.
    • Worked as an interface point between Thales Canada, Thales France and LTA/SMRT Singapore for wayside interface signalling solution.
    • Provided conceptual design solution for the system changeover from existing legacy system to new CBTC system
    • Supporting to supplier and procurement team in addressing component selection for hardware BOQ
    • Managing the sub-contractors
    • Complete signalling solutions for Canberra station, TanahMerah extension and 4in1 depot including interface with other SWC's.
    • Managing Installation, Planning and Design teams including work package management
    • Head of Decommissioning for NSEW project
    • Supporting bid team with cost estimation, schedule risks, technical description, migration plan and BOQ.
    • CCRB member with safety case preparation support for NSEW&TWE projects
  • Design, manufacture, delivery to site installation, migration, testing and commissioning of the signalling system for North-South and East-West lines and Tuas Extension projects (NSEW/TWE) in Singapore
  • • Confirm that all design work is controlled, implemented and undertaken in accordance
    with relevant instructions/standards.
    • Manage, control and monitor design activities ensuring timescales, contractual requirements and quality are met.
    • Manage the Signalling Design Group’s input to projects to fully comply with all statutory
    and regulatory provisions, including those prescribed by statutory bodies.
    • Managing the sub-contractors. interface with other SWC's and customer
  • • Worked as a Project Engineer and design manager for Klang valley Mass Rapid Transit
    (KVMRT) with Bombardier Cityflo 650 automatic train control solutions for Sungai Buloh-Kajang line in Malaysia
  • • Lead designer - Produced conceptual COC principle design for NSEW Singapore project with existing Westinghouse rail system interface with CBTC Thales PMI moving block system with Changeover Cubicle comprises 53 stations and a route length of 94 km.
    • Responsible to deliver Proof of Concept stations design for Changi Airport, Changi Online, EXPO, Tanah Merah stations and Bishan Depot Test Track.
    • Worked as an interface point between Thales Canada, France and LTA/SMRT Singapore
    • Provided conceptual COC interface design for wayside signalling devices
    • Supporting to supplier and procurement team in addressing the technical issues for Signalling racks.
  • • Carry out Independent Design, Checking and Verification of Signalling Systems.
    • Ensure that Technical and Safety Standards are maintained in all aspect of Design within the
    allocated project
    • Provide support and guidance to the Design Manager on all aspects of the allocated
    • Assist in the forecasting of Manpower requirements for all design work to enable allocation of
    resources to be made.
    • Assist and monitor with the planning and progress or works in relation to timeline and budget.
  • • Worked as a verifier (Independent checker) for Control table of the Siemens technologies used in New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium, IGI Airport Station & Dwaraka Sector 21 of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
  • • Produced bookwiring Vol.2, SMCPLC design, Cut-in design, COC recovery design, Modification design and Record updated in Thales Seltrac moving block system for Northern line JNUP (Jubilee and Northern Line Upgrade Project)
  • Commencing as a trainee engineer reaching the post of Senior Design Engineer
  • (Team Leader) with responsibility for the management of a team of 15 staff, plus trainees.
  • • Worked as Design Engineer and Team leader for producing and verifying the Signalling interlocking design.
  • • Worked as Design Engineer on Scheme design project (Consisting of stages like data capture, DTG-R Simulation using Scheme Simulation tool) for Sub-section 15, Sub-Section 16 and Victoria line section of LUL for Westinghouse Rail Systems, UK.
  • • Phase-2: Standardization of Route lists for England & Wales on South East, LNW and Western region of Netowrk Rail of Babcock Rail