ADComms wins GRIP3 contract

Date: April 2015

ADComms has been awarded a GRIP 3 working contract; a further testament to the company’s ongoing expansion of capabilities across the rail sector.

The contract will see ADComms provide GRIP 1-3 working services to Network Rail Western and Wales, as the region continues its fixed telecommunications network (FTN) battery and charger renewals.

The GRIP process is a product driven, eight-step framework devised by Network Rail to ensure efficient and effective delivery of projects. ADComm’s GRIP 3 contract win follows Network Rail’s recent move to involve its supply chain in the earlier stages of a project. GRIP 3 centres on option selection; ADComms will assist the region in an advisory role throughout the project’s duration.

This will involve surveys across 268 FTN sites throughout the Western and Wales region. As part of its GRIP 3 contract work, ADComms will supply detailed option reports for battery replacements and the renewal of life expired rectifiers and chargers. To best meet the stringent health and safety guidelines of the project, any replacement batteries recommended within the option report will be smaller and lighter than previously stipulated, to allow for safe handling during subsequent maintenance activities.

Tim Grundy, head of engineering at ADComms, commented:

“Being awarded a GRIP 3 working contract by Network Rail Western and Wales is testament to the ongoing expansion of capabilities taking place at ADComms. While we have extensive experience in other stages of the GRIP process, this will be our first time acting in an option selection capacity. As well as devising option reports for Network Rail, we’ll also be working alongside them to identify a means of remotely monitoring a battery’s status throughout the course of its life. This is an exciting project with lots of scope and we’re delighted to be involved.”

For more information, please contact St John White or Natalia Gameson at Prova on 01926 776900.