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SMRT Launches Maintenance Engineering Centre at Kim Chuan Depot

Images: SMRT/Facebook, S Iswaran/Facebook and SMRT/Facebook.

Co-developed with the Land Transport Authority (LTA), rail operator SMRT Trains launched the new Maintenance Engineering Centre (MEC) at Kim Chuan Depot (KCD) on Friday (Apr 28).

The KCD began operations in 2009 and has the Guinness World Record for the largest underground train depot in the world, and will soon be capable of housing 133 MRT trains when expansion works are complete in 2025.

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Launch of SMRT’s Maintenance Engineering Centre

Evolution from the Integrated Maintenance and Diagnostic Centre

"Mr Ye Chenghao, Head, Maintenance Engineering Centre, shares how the centre manages maintenance works across the island and uses data to enhance maintenance processes and rail reliability." (Image: S Iswaran/Facebook)

“Mr Ye Chenghao, Head, Maintenance Engineering Centre, shares how the centre manages maintenance works across the island and uses data to enhance maintenance processes and rail reliability.” (Image: S Iswaran/Facebook)

Transport Minister S Iswaran, who officiated the launch of the new centre, said the MEC is jointly developed by SMRT and LTA to coordinate and manage data-driven maintenance across all SMRT train lines.

SMRT currently operates the North-South Line (NSL), East-West Line (EWL), Circle Line (CCL), the new Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) and the Bukit Panjang LRT.

The new MEC is an evolution from the Integrated Maintenance and Diagnostic Centre (IMDC), and leverages engineering and data analytics to enhance and improve rail reliability.

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Visit to CCL Operations Control Centre and Alstom Office

"Mr Lim Kuey Wah, an Engineering Maintenance Manager, shares about his typical work day. It involves vigilant monitoring and swift responses to alarms and faults." (Image: S Iswaran/Facebook)

“Mr Lim Kuey Wah, an Engineering Maintenance Manager, shares about his typical work day. It involves vigilant monitoring and swift responses to alarms and faults.” (Image: S Iswaran/Facebook)

Apart from launching the new MEC, Mr Iswaran also visited the Operations Control Centre (OCC) of the CCL and the office of signalling system supplier Alstom.

“During the visit, I witnessed how the Operations Control Centre for the Circle Line is alerted to incidents and works to ensure services are resumed swiftly and safely,” said Mr Iswaran.

SMRT said in a Facebook post that Mr Iswaran was briefed on the operator’s vigilant monitoring and swift response to alerts from the alarm monitoring system to minimise train delays and impact on commuters.

It added that it also highlighted to the Minister the close partnership between SMRT and Alstom to investigate and resolve technical issues.

“Minister also spoke with SMRT staff who shared their first-hand experience in managing rail incidents,” said SMRT.

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“#SMRT is honoured and delighted to have hosted Minister S Iswaran’s visit at Kim Chuan Depot (KCD), on 28 Apr! 👍 #DidYouKnow: KCD is the world’s largest underground depot! 💪” – SMRT/Facebook [Accessed 29 Apr 2023]
“Pleased to launch the Maintenance Engineering Centre at SMRT’s Kim Chuan Depot yesterday – the world’s largest underground depot.” – S Iswaran/Facebook [Accessed 29 Apr 2023]


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