Spotlight on Development
Interfleet has an ongoing Research &
Development programme, led by our Development Director David Curtis,
in order to ensure our consultancy skills remain at the very forefront
of international railway technology. In this section of the website,
David outlines just some of his current Development activities:
Interfleet has a well-established capability in Industrial Design,
with the ability to undertake conceptual exterior designs and interior
layouts, together with interior design and styling. Our Industrial
Design team forms part of Interfleet's wider Vehicle Engineering
& Design Group, ensuring that any concept-designs produced take
account of the practical constraints within railway vehicles. Interfleet
has recently invested in new hardware and software systems which
enable very high quality 3-D visualisations and "walk through"
animations to be produced. This is a very exciting development -
clients can for example review a range of alternative proposals
for refurbishment, and see exactly how each will appear in reality!
Interfleet is developing an increasing range of specialist software
products, including the "Mapyx" software which supports
Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) studies and software for use
with Failure Impact Reduction. Recent additions include a Vehicle
Acceptance Body (VAB) Certification Database, a Warranty Defects
Database, Project Correspondence Database and the "Arboretum"
software for managing maintenance documentation.
The VAB Certificate Database is used to keep these essential mandatory
records, and can be supplied as a software product. Alternatively
Interfleet can manage clients' certificates on their behalf, whilst
still retaining the ability for clients to make enquiries at any
time, on-line via the Internet.
The Interfleet Warranty Defects Database ensures that defects are
logged and properly managed. Again, the database is available as
a stand-alone product, or Interfleet can offer Warranty Management
as a complete service, with direct on-line Internet access for clients.
Interfleet's Project Correspondence Database is an essential tool
for project managers to manage and control both incoming and outgoing
The "Arboretum" software is a database which records
the parent/child relationships between suites of maintenance documentation
as a tree-format, to assist in accessing, managing and updating
this data. The system can be fully customized to individual requirements
and can be designed to link into client's own Electronic Data Management
(EDM) systems, or alternatively, can be run as a standalone system
on a conventional computer network.
A wide range of Bespoke software can also be produced to suit clients'