SICE’s flagship tunnel control system keeps WestConnex moving

The nation’s most advanced Motorway Control Centre is now operational, with RA member SICE’s Operations Management Control System (OMCS) SIDERA managing over 26km of combined tunnels on Sydney’s WestConnex.

The M4 and M8 Link opened in January – two months ahead of schedule – and SICE has delivered its comprehensive OMCS in-house solution, SIDERA for this latest stage of the project. Together with SICE’s Integrated OMCS (IOMCS) system, this allows for the seamless and simultaneous operation of WestConnex’s entire tunnel network.

In the Motorway Control Centre, a 15.5m x 5.2m video wall, fed by more than 2,400 CCTV and Automatic Vehicle Incident Detection cameras along the motorway enables operators to monitor vehicle and systems activity 24/7 and, with SIDERA at the heart of this complex body of subsystems.

SICE’s team of more than 160 engineers from Spain and Australia worked closely with the project’s joint venture partners – WestConnex Transurban and Transport for NSW – to achieve this significant milestone nearly two and a half months ahead of schedule. This included undertaking more than 120,000 hours of testing on over 14,300 tunnel devices during the commissioning stage of the project.

Manuel Gonzalez Arrojo, Managing Director for SICE ANZ said:

“SICE is honoured to have played a key role in the successful delivery of this landmark project, which will transform Sydney’s motorway network for generations to come.”

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