Page 4: Safety
The EUROTRAM has a number of extra safety features. Its design recognises the problems of operating rail vehicles in the midst of road traffic. The possibility of accidents is greatly reduced by giving the EUROTRAM driver a superb field of view through a wrap-around windscreen and by placing a set of wheels directly under the vehicle’s front end so it does not swing unexpectedly on curves. The driver also benefits from having his or her main controls located within the armrests of the seat and a CCTV monitor is a standard fitting to ensure passengers are clear of doorways before they are closed. The cab is fully enclosed and protected by a glass door, which provides a clear view of the vehicle interior.
A ‘project’ may be defined as a planned undertaking. They are clearly distinct from ‘flow shops’ which yield high output at low cost. The issue for any Project Manager is to introduce a methodology to enable a complex project, such as the construction of the EUROTRAMS, to be managed in a way which enables it to meet a range of key objectives. In any well managed project:
- project objectives will be shared by participants
- steps in the project will be designed to meet specific results
- duplication of activities will be eliminated
- decisions should be shared
- the project will move through a range of phases.
In a traditional functionally organised project, the sequence of activities will be determined by each phase following the awarding of the contract. After the Sales and Marketing department has obtained the contract, it might then take 24-30 months to complete and thus be determined by lead times from engineering, purchasing and assembly.