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3Squared and East Midlands Railway sign five-year extension agreement

3Squared, the Sheffield-based rail technology specialists, has announced that it has signed an extension with East Midlands Railway (EMR) for the train operator to continue to use its innovative RailSmart Employee Development System (EDS), which reduces the administrative burden of employee competency management, to help proactively manage and improve the capabilities of its staff. 

EMR is dedicated as a business to bring in wide-ranging improvements to its services, trains and stations.  EDS will be intrinsic to this as it actively enables users, at an organisational level, to drive efficiencies whilst contributing to overall safety and environmental measures.

East Midlands Railway and its predecessor, East Midlands Trains, has been using EDS for six years and helped to develop the ground-breaking system alongside 3Squared.  This new extension guarantees the further usage of EDS for a further five years.

3Squared will offer the EDS cloud-based platform for EMR which features the continuous monitoring and improvements of employee competencies, candidate profiling, improved visibility of employee competency data including medicals, incidents, support plans and previous assessments and a reporting tool provides business insight and better visibility of competency information.

3Squared supply expert consultancy and digital solutions developed to tackle known and emerging rail system challenges. The tools are dynamic and help customers generate actional insight from a suit of intuitive apps which can help inform decision making on the move.

3Squared business engagement director Lucy Prior said: “We are delighted to sign an extension with EMR. EMR and its predecessor, East Midlands Trains, helped to develop EDS so it is particularly pleasing that the train operator will be able to continue to the reap the rewards of using EDS for years to come.”

Head of Operational Standards at East Midlands Railway Trevor Parkin added: “3Squared’s Employee Development System has been a step change in the way we manage and assess our Drivers’ competence. Assessments can be planned more robustly and are carried out with all information for the Driver immediately to hand.

“Feedback is delivered instantaneously and signed for in real time. It is also possible to profile a driver’s (and also the assessor’s) performance across their competence cycle. For identifying and managing risk areas within our driver team and therefore reducing the potential for operating incidents, EDS brings huge benefits to our business.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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