Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Freight Shuttle System Design and Terminal Design
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) was responsible for the initial design of the overall Freight Shuttle Concept. TTI develops solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. The Institute conducts over 600 research projects annually, with over 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. In the laboratory and the classroom,TTI researchers help prepare students for transportation careers.
Recognized as one of the premier higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI’s research and development program has resulted in significant breakthroughs across all facets of the transportation system. TTI research is widely known as an excellent value with a proven impact of saving lives, time, and resources. For more information on TTI, please visit http://tti.tamu.edu/.
Vehicle Design, Fabrication, and Guideway Switches
ZAMTEK is responsible for the Freight Shuttle vehicle design, guideway switch design, and prototype vehicle and guideway fabrication.
ZAMTEK provides design, engineering, and fabrication of custom equipment for the offshore exploration, manufacturing, and transportation industries. The principal engineer has over 25 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of large, custom-handling equipment that include 200-1,000T cranes, 600T BOP transporters, 50-300T rotary and traction winches for 3.00 inch and larger rope.
ZAMTEK has a creative team to dream, design, and develop new original equipment. We use 3D modeling, simulation and computer analysis backed up by hand-calculation methods for sanity checks. We are small enough to quickly respond to the design and manufacturing changes on serial number one equipment to ensure a reliable product. For more information on ZAMTEK please visit www.zamtek.net.
Figg Bridge Group
Guideway Design and Quality Management
Figg Bridge Group (FIGG) is a nationally recognized family of companies exclusively specializing in the design, management, and construction of bridges for over 38 years. FIGG is responsible for the overall design of the elevated guideway for the FSS.
The company pioneered elevated bridges for rail and motorists in medians and existing right of way using precast segmental box girders on single piers.
With over 29 miles of precast segmental rail bridges in the United States, FIGG has built more than all other firms combined. FIGG designs have received 360 Awards, including the highest award for rail – the prestigious Dr. W. W. Hay Award for Excellence from the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association for the JFK Airport AirTrain project in New York. FIGG has also won three Presidential Awards through the National Endowment for the Arts for bridges.
FIGG is recognized as a leader in design, engineering, and inspection of pre-stressed, concrete, segmental bridges and comprises the largest and most experienced concrete segmental bridge team in the United States. The Figg team has studied, designed, or built bridges in 42 states and six nations with construction values of over $14 billion. For more information, please visit www.figgbridge.com.
Electrification and Substation Design
Wells Engineering is providing the electrification for the FSS that includes the high-voltage electrical power substations and the 1500VDC electrical power distribution.
Wells Engineering was founded in Florence, Kentucky in 2004, and has since established itself as a nationally recognized engineering firm specializing in the planning, design, control, and analysis of electrical power systems. Wells Engineering works with a variety of industries including industrial power consumers, electrical power providers, and transportation electrification systems.
Wells Engineering has a professional team of employees, including a diversified mix of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, electrical designers, and CAD personnel. Wells Engineering’s professional engineers are licensed in multiple states. Their staff of multi-disciplined talent allows a seamless, horizontal flow of project management to project execution. This provides the latitude necessary to enable superior project scheduling, coordination of disciplines, and the implementation of a project “Wells Done.” For more information, please visit www.wellsengineering.com.
Communications, Command, and Control Design
Kapsch TrafficCom Group is designing and integrating the Communications, Command and Control System for the Freight Shuttle System in their US facilities.
Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the Kapsch TrafficCom Group comprises subsidiaries and representative offices in 33 countries. The over 3500 employees generated revenues in the fiscal year 2014/15 (1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015) of EUR 456 million.
Kapsch TrafficCom supports the transit market with fully integrated hardware and software solutions that provide transportation operators with enhanced process visualization, real-time control, and automation of traction power substations and related subsystems.
From Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) to SCADA for substation automation systems, Kapsch TrafficCom has helped agencies like MARTA (Atlanta), BART (San Francisco), New York City Transit, and Toronto Transit Commission to improve system performance, reliability and maintainability of their rapid transit systems through the application of open-source technology and network-based distributed architecture. For more information, please see http://www.kapsch.net/ktc.
Jones|Carter is responsible for FSS terminal design and the design and engineering of the Freight Shuttle Test and Evaluation Center.
Jones|Carter is an Engineering News-Record Top 500 National Firm offering full-service engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients. Jones|Carter’s depth of services is comprehensive, and their knowledge is unmatched in the industry.
With 544 employees in 9 offices across Texas, Jones|Carter organized their firm around 8 market practices to better serve clients and projects from concept to completion, with full-service capabilities and the most dedicated and responsive teams. Jones|Carter can leverage its resources across the firm, deliver expertise-driven teams, increase responsiveness to client specific needs, and individualize project solutions. Jones|Carter projects address major issues that affect us all: water, government infrastructure, municipal and district services, community development, site development, land planning, surveying, and construction services. Jones|Carter recognizes and values their involvement in creating the foundation for the spaces in which we, as a society and as communities, live and work. For more information, please visit: www.jonescarter.com.