IET: Rail safety lecture from senior engineer

Carrying over a billion passengers a year means safety is a top priority for London Underground (LU). It is just that topic that will be reviewed when a leading LU engineer gives a lecture about keeping the Tube’s passengers safe on Monday 7 February at Europe’s largest engineering body the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The lecture, open to the public, will be given by Rowan Joachim, a Lead Electrical and Mechanical Engineer on the Tube. She will talk about how LU ensures the availability of emergency lighting and smoke control ventilation fans. She will be looking at some of the challenges associated with these systems from an availability and maintenance perspective and examine the latest techniques used to overcome key challenges.

Rowan said: “Keeping the Tube’s 1 billion plus customers a year moving and moving safely is a huge challenge for engineers. I hope this lecture will give people fresh perspective on the safety systems that we take for granted or don’t even realise exist.”

Rowan Joachim is a Lead Electrical and Mechanical (E&M) Engineer for LU. Rowan is also a lead E&M operational advisor for LU and subject matter expert for E&M and operational power issues. Her work has a particular focus on emergency power supplies. Rowan is also leading on the re-writing and revising of all LU’s E&M standards.


Notes to editors:
. The lecture, Ensuring Availability and Maintaining Reliability of Safety Systems, takes place on 7 February 2011 at IET London, Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL
. Event registration is from 1800 hrs, with the lecture starting at 1830hrs and concluding by 2000hrs
. The public are welcome to attend and can register their interest at
. Interview and filming opportunities are available
. The IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries
. The IET dates back to 1871 and has offices in Europe, Asia and the US.
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