Collaborative project between GCU and ScotRail opens doors for students

11 May 2016

The students created a full 3D static model of a Class 158 train carriage

The students created a full 3D static model of a Class 158 train carriage

Eleven students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have teamed up with ScotRail to develop their skills and work as part of a live engineering project to improve the understanding and reliability of a complex system on a Class 158 train.

ScotRail’s Class 158 train door system comprises 101 components, often making it difficult to quickly diagnose any faults. To help combat this problem, final-year students from GCU’s 3D Animation and Computer Games programmes, along with a Mechanical Engineering student, worked with ScotRail to develop a series of videos and animations which could be used as training materials for maintenance engineers.

The students created a full 3D static model of a Class 158 train carriage with specific focus on air-system and underframe components, while the Mechanical Engineering student modelled the complete door of a Class 158, showing all the mechanical and pneumatic components, and their interaction.

The students attended multiple site visits to ScotRail facilities to learn about the door system and assemblies, and utilised design drawings to generate the 3D Animation.

ScotRail was so impressed with the results that the company has expressed a desire to extend the project with a new team of GCU students to develop a more advanced and detailed training model to allow for interactive fault finding and task specific training.

GCU lecturers Dr Mohammed Soheeb Khan (3D Animation and Games) and Dr Babakalli Alkali (Mechanical Engineering) oversaw the project in conjunction with Abhinay Ramani, Senior Continuous Improvement Manager at ScotRail.

Dr Khan said: “This was part of the students’ Industrial Project module. Such projects are great for simulating a working environment to develop the students’ understanding of real-world problem solving.  It further enhances their work experience and develops their skill set by allowing them to contribute to a live project and work with individuals from other disciplines.”

Abhinay said: “It was really encouraging and exciting to work with such young and talented engineers who will be the future of engineering around the world. Their passion and commitment was exemplary and has further strengthened the strong knowledge-sharing bond between ScotRail and Glasgow Caledonian University, which has comprised of several undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students undertaking research and development. This has a direct benefit not only for ScotRail, but also for the university, the industry as a whole and, of course, the students themselves. I look forward to building on the results of this project with the next group of talented engineers.”

The participating GCU students were Austin Nwanze, Steve Sim, Lyle Scott, Aidan Shabazkhani, Kieran McLaughlin, Ray Robertson, Sean McCann, Dale Fraser, Akash Shah, Jordan McPherson and Gary Brown.