LONDON UNDERGROUND expects savings of £10m a year on its maintenance budget, thanks to the development and implementation of software from ICL and Workplace Systems. Sabre, ’Site Access Booking for Railway Engineering’, offers engineers the facility to co-ordinate work to minimise clashing operations, and improve utilisation of resources.Planning work in the tunnels, escalators and platforms of underground station layouts is complex because of severe restrictions to access – if work is proceeding in one area, it may prevent equipment and workers getting to other sites. Sabre carries detailed information on all station layouts, and these are cross-referenced with worksite bookings to automatically flag-up clashes. Alternative schedules are generated to avoid conflicts.Sabre was delivered in four stages, which addressed the needs of the eight line planning managers, LU’s Critical Resource Agency, engineering train and plant movements, and maintenance information for management analysis and monitoring.The impact has been to make a vast reduction in the quantity of paperwork, while focusing attention on the importance of planning and booking-in time for work to be carried out.The system includes a database which stores details of the booked work, with a facility to input details of work actually carried out. This can be used to assess the performance of contractors, to encourage them to turn up when they have work booked, avoiding rebooking and consequent disruption from work over-running.ICL, Winnersh, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 141
Statewide — September is National Preparedness Month and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourages Hoosiers to spend the month of September talking with their friends and family about planning and preparing for all of Indiana’s potential disasters.This year’s National Preparedness Month theme, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today,” emphasizes the importance of creating a family emergency communications plan, assembling a disaster preparedness kit, and identifying the different types of disasters that can happen locally. Most of all, parents and guardians should use this month as an opportunity to talk with children about preparing for emergencies and getting them involved in the disaster planning process.Some helpful safety tips to consider when creating a disaster plan are:Emergency plans need should always be tailored to the specific needs of the household.Create a list of emergency contacts and share them with family members and friends.Discuss possible emergency scenarios with family members. Include events such as fires, natural disasters, and man-made disasters.Establish an evacuation route that can be used in the event of a disaster, and make sure all family members are aware of them.A comprehensive collection of safety and preparedness resources can be found by clicking here.
HAMPDEN — The George Stevens Academy boys’ soccer team’s season came to an end Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to Mount View in the Class C North championship game.GSA’s lone goal on the evening came via a long-range strike from sophomore David Gadsby. Mount View got two goals from Elijah Allen after getting the opener from Brennan Grant.Third-ranked Mount View (15-2) got on the board inside eight minutes as Grant fired the Mustangs into the lead on the wet Hampden Academy turf. Yet the Eagles bounced back through Gadsby, who unleashed a powerful shot from outside the 18-yard box to the bottom right corner to tie it.Mount View fought back with a goal from Allen with 14:49 left in the first half, though, and the senior forward completed his brace with 29:23 remaining in the second. No. 4 GSA (11-3-3) controlled much of the possession the rest of the way but couldn’t find the goals needed to advance.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe loss denied GSA its first regional title since winning the Class C East crown in 2002. Mount View, which claimed its first regional championship since 1980 with the win, will face Class C South No. 3 seed Waynflete (15-2) in the state title game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Falmouth High School.