Due to their growing complexity, it is more and more challenging to both accurately analyse and ensure a railway project’s overall safety and deliver the project in line with international railway standards for performance, reliability and functionality. To do so requires interdisciplinary expertise and a knowledge that goes beyond technical safety into operational safety and railway best practices.
An Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) checks the overall railway project throughout the whole lifecycle to confirm that it complies with all the specified railway requirements and standards for Safety, RAM, Functionality and Quality. This is achieved through the adoption of a structured process that checks whether the design is properly validated and verified and is in compliance with the project’s requirements.
The verification tasks are generally included within each lifecycle phase and their objective is to demonstrate that the railway requirements of each lifecycle phase have been fulfilled.
The validation tasks aim to assure that the railway project under consideration meets the specified requirements for the intended use or application.
The presence of an IV&V in the project allows key risks associated with achievement of the project objectives to be identified, monitored and managed by an independent body that follows a global best practice and has a cross sector experience.
TÜV SÜD successfully delivers IV&V services using a systematic methodology that follows a balanced approach (between inspections-focused, assurance-focused and risk-focused activities), concentrates on the early stages of the project and takes a proactive attitude.
TÜV SÜD provides Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services tailored to your specific needs by identifying the approaches most suited to your project from the outset. From computer chip evaluation to complete railway systems, our rail experts are highly knowledgeable and experienced across all disciplines and at all technical levels of brownfield and greenfield projects.
TÜV SÜD offers IV &V services covering all technical aspects of overall railway project. This includes all safety-critical subsystems such as rolling stock and signalling as well as civil works infrastructure. Our services also cover the process framework for the integration, interface management, and RAMS assurance of a complete railway project.
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