As transit agencies wrestle with how to do more with less, their need for vigilance when it comes to safety measures will not diminish. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) identifies the following principles of risk management. According to ISO, risk management should create value, explicitly address uncertainty and take human factors into account, as well as be:
- An integral part of organizational processes
- Part of decision making
- Systematic and structured
- Based on the best available information
- Transparent and inclusive
- Dynamic, iterative and responsive to change
- Capable of continuous improvement and enhancement
When designing the MTA’s new fire management system, the MTA followed those principles from start to finish. What’s more, because the creative team paid particular attention to making the system capable of continuous improvement, future iterations of the system will be able to utilize today’s (and tomorrow’s) new media to keep passengers and staff informed of service changes almost instantly.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the premiere council of “experts in the field of engineering” has decided to award the MTA its National Recognition Award for 2012.
The award will be presented during special ceremonies at the ACEC’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Convention and Legislative Summit on April 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The ACEC’s award gala has become the engineering industry’s highest profile event, and attracts more than 600 members, guests, national industry leaders and members of Congress and the Administration.
While the MTA is excited to be receiving the National Recognition Award from the ACEC, and pleased to add it to the three awards the MFSMS system has already earned, the system itself is the real star. The entire project was completed within budget and six months ahead of schedule.