The Brazilian National Association of Passenger Rail Operators (Associação Nacional dos Transportadores de Passageiros sobre Trilhos, ANPTrilhos) invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the “Proposal”) from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to execute Technical Assistance to develop a passenger rail enterprise asset management plan for six ANPTrilhos member companies. The purpose of the technical assistance is to develop rail enterprise asset management plans to improve the rail operators’ decision-making process. The Proposal submission deadline is JULY 14, 2021. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $730,000 grant to the Brazilian National Association of Passenger Rail Operators (Associação Nacional dos Transportadores de Passageiros sobre Trilhos, ANPTrilhos) from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
About the Grantee
ANPTrilhos is a national trade association representing all the passenger rail operators and industry leaders in Brazil and its objective is to promote the development of rail transportation in the country. The primary members of ANPTrilhos include CCR Metro Bahia, Metro Rio, SuperVia, Metro Sao Paulo, CPTM, Metro DF, CTB, CBTU, Metro Fortaleza, Trensurb, ViaQuatro, ViaMobilidade, and VLT Carioca.
Maintenance of rail assets is one of the highest operational costs for passenger rail companies and the pandemic has further highlighted the need for more efficient planning in order to reduce operating costs. The Brazilian passenger rail operators manage fleets with mixed-aged rolling stock and are interested in developing management plans that can be supported by analytics and technologies, such as enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions. ANPTrilhos has requested USTDA technical assistance to develop a passenger rail enterprise asset management plan for six ANPTrilhos member companies, which could be replicated for all 13 ANPTrilhos passenger rail operators. The technical assistance contractor would review previous operational and maintenance efficiency studies, operational safety and risk reports, as well as any available asset management documentation for all ANPTrilhos member companies, including ridership history, passenger forecasts, rail infrastructure, facilities, rolling stock, equipment, system investment plans, organizational long-term strategic plans and other relevant documents. Based on findings from the contractor, ANPTrilhos will then select six passenger rail member operators to become the focal point of the technical assistance.
About the Technical Assistance
The technical assistance will develop a strategic enterprise asset management implementation plan for selected passenger rail operators that will: (a) provide an objective assessment of the operators’ asset environment in terms of facilities, infrastructure, rolling stock, equipment and systems including inventories and asset condition reports; (b) define asset management goals, policy, governance, and vision for the operators; (c) recommend EAM solutions and supplementary ICT technologies and asset management best-practice concepts and design guidelines to address EAM applications, impacted networks, integration, and technology requirements; (d) recommend policies, standards and industry best-practice in asset management for improved decision-making; (e) recommend guidelines for supporting development of EAM solutions and supplementary asset management technologies that include (at a minimum) asset inventory, asset condition/monitoring/detection/tracking, enterprise resource management, scenario analysis/decision-making, capital programing, and financial/accounting management and; (f) develop a comprehensive and practical plan that recommends EAM solutions and technology acquisitions including a schedule and budget for each of the recommended solution implementations.
The Terms of Reference includes tasks to identify the types of applications and solutions currently in use as they relate to resource planning software, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), traction power control systems, security systems, and other auxiliary systems. The technical assistance would evaluate different technologies (including EAM) and management systems that analyze data in real-time across the entire passenger rail system (train wheels, brakes, energy systems, tracks, etc.) to help predict failures before they happen. The technical assistance contractor would then provide recommendations for the integration of the various existing systems with the recommended EAM solutions. The technical assistance contractor would also develop the technical specifications and project implementation timelines for each of the passenger rail companies selected.