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USA / Balfour Beatty JV wins contract for LAX people mover

A joint venture (JV) including international infrastructure construction company Balfour Beatty has been awarded a contract worth EUR 1.56 million (USD 1.95 billion) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new automated people mover at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The design and build element of the contract has been awarded to the LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) JV comprising Balfour Beatty (30%), Fluor Corporation (30%), Flatiron West (20%) and Dragados USA (20%). The design and build works will include a 3.62 km overground airport transport system connecting the LAX central terminal area to the consolidated rental car facility, which is still under construction, as well as six stations and a vehicle maintenance facility.
Source: Balfour Beatty press release 16.02.2018

United Kingdom / DfT calls for end of diesel-only trains by 2040

On 12th February 2018, the British minister of state with the Department for Transport (DfT) Jo Johnson called for the withdrawal of diesel-only trains by 2040 to decarbonise rail traffic. The government plans to replace the diesel trains with bimodal (electric and diesel-electric) vehicles, which are more expensive than conventional electric multiple units (EMU). The measure will also build on the use of alternative fuels, especially hydrogen. With this, the ministry has returned to its previous position opposing electrification of the rail network.
Source: DfT press release 12.02.2018

China / CR tenders almost 8,000 freight wagons

Chinese state railway CR has tendered the delivery of 7,998 freight wagons of type C80b. The open freight wagons made from stainless steel are intended for coal transport. The documents to participate can be submitted until 24th February 2018 in Beijing.
Source: CRIC press release 12.02.2018

Russia / RZD pilot run for Kaliningrad - Moskau rolling-road service

Russian state railway RZD has started a pilot project to establish a Contrailer connection from Kaliningrad to Moscow. On 10th February 2018, a first Contrailer wagon loaded with a truck semitrailer was hauled by a freight train from the station Kaliningrad-Sortirovocnyj on its way to the Russian capital. After around 76 hours, the train reached its destination at Moscow Kuncevo-2 station. Thus the truck semitrailer needed only half as long for the journey as by road, and rail transport is also 30% cheaper. This pilot project was primarily to clarify technical details and for the first time to carry out all necessary customs formalities at the border crossings. RZD has for some time considered developing a rolling-road system in Russia. Other such test journeys have been carried out on lines including the line from Moscow to Novosibirsk.
Source: RZD press release 13.02.2018

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Strategical analysis of the freight wagon market in Ukraine

In order to prepare the decision of an investor, SCI Verkehr analysed advantages as well as disadvantages of two main opportunities in the Ukrainian

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Strategical analysis of the freight wagon market in Ukraine

Customer: Leasing company

In order to prepare the decision of an investor, SCI Verkehr analysed advantages as well as disadvantages of two main opportunities in the Ukrainian market: Selling a freight wagon fleet or, on the other hand, continuing operations of a leasing company. For this analysis, SCI Verkehr applies a tried and tested methodology for calculating market value of the fleet as well as a forecast for the perspective development of rail freight transport in Ukraine.

Market analysis of freight transport and logistics

In this project, the flow of European goods from important companies in five selected sectors were analysed in terms of sources, destinations,

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Market analysis of freight transport and logistics

Customer: Freight wagon leasing company

In this project, the flow of European goods from important companies in five selected sectors were analysed in terms of sources, destinations, volumes and types of goods. A customer analysis regarding the transport process and transport demands was also carried out. Prognoses concerning market developments in specific sectors of rail freight transport were then compiled and, on the basis of the flow of transport, new potential customers for railway transport were identified.

Commercial Due Diligence

On behalf of a financial investor, SCI Verkehr conducted a commercial due diligence on a globally active railway supplier. Focus was put on the

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Commercial Due Diligence

Customer: Financial investor

On behalf of a financial investor, SCI Verkehr conducted a commercial due diligence on a globally active railway supplier. Focus was put on the analysis of future development potential of the core markets as well as the future expected competitive situation of the target. Moreover, a business plan entailing the assumptions of the management regarding the target’s development opportunities was examined.

Market Analyses Examples

The Railway Market in Russia 2009-2014

For the second time since 2006, SCI Verkehr GmbH presents a comprehensive description of the Russian railway market. The study provides an in-depth

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The Railway Market in Russia 2009-2014

Customer: SCI Verkehr GmbH

For the second time since 2006, SCI Verkehr GmbH presents a comprehensive description of the Russian railway market. The study provides an in-depth description and assessment of the transport services, market volumes for vehicles and products, providers and their strategies and political and social environment. The study focuses in particular on the leasing market for rolling stock which is especially relevant for freight wagons in Russia.

Product analysis electric rolling stock components

On behalf of a leading rolling stock component manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analyses the market for on-board energy systems. Relevant technical details

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Product analysis electric rolling stock components

Customer: Component manufacturer

On behalf of a leading rolling stock component manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analyses the market for on-board energy systems. Relevant technical details of the components were summarised in a product matrix and evaluated for market analysis.

Concept for a trimodal site

The region represented by the client is a focus of investments for logistics investments in Germany. In order to prepare for further investments

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Concept for a trimodal site

Customer: Regional authority in Northern Germany

The region represented by the client is a focus of investments for logistics investments in Germany. In order to prepare for further investments while at the same time develop these in an orderly manner, three main sites were defined. Thanks to its advantageous location, one of the main sites provides the possibility of a trimodal transhipment hub, featuring a combination of road/rail/inland waterway options. To secure these possibilities for the trimodal orientation of the new site, an economic feasibility study was compiled on further site development including a concept for implementation. Both, planning and demand-related (market-related) conditions had to be taken into consideration.

Value Appraisals Examples

Market analysis of the European railway market

In order to develop a strategy process for an international financing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the present and future of the European railway

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Market analysis of the European railway market

Customer: International financing company

In order to develop a strategy process for an international financing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the present and future of the European railway market. This extensive study focused on identifying demand potential for vehicle financing and rolling stock leasing in rail passenger and freight transport in the leading European markets. The report additionally includes up-to-date market information about transport markets, important transport and leasing companies and the vehicle industry.

Value analysis of modernized diesel locomotives

Comparative study of new and second-hand vehicles in relation to their rail service and value stability. Assessment of the potential use and sale of

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Value analysis of modernized diesel locomotives

Customer: Industry

Comparative study of new and second-hand vehicles in relation to their rail service and value stability. Assessment of the potential use and sale of second-hand and modernised diesel locomotives as basis of a value analysis across their life cycle. Provision of the value so determined as asset security for financing.

Asset valuation of a diesel locomotive portfolio

On behalf of an international financing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the current value of a diesel locomotive portfolio using the capitalised

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Asset valuation of a diesel locomotive portfolio

Customer: International financing company

On behalf of an international financing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the current value of a diesel locomotive portfolio using the capitalised earnings method. SCI Verkehr analysed the current and expected lease rates and new vehicle prices, as well as costs for maintenance and general inspection.

Public Consulting Examples

Cost-benefit study RRX

On behalf of the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy, Building, Housing and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MBWSV) and CP

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Cost-benefit study RRX

Customer: State of North Rhine-Westphalia

On behalf of the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy, Building, Housing and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MBWSV) and CP Compartners, SCI Verkehr developed a cost-benefit study for the Rhein-Ruhr-Express (RRX). For this, SCI Verkehr assessed the macroeconomic benefit of the RRX for NRW based on the areas of mobility, economy, environment and social affairs. In addition to evaluating existing data regarding e.g. transport and population development, experts from various institutions were interviewed. The results were published in a study and further discussed with the experts.

City-compatible location- and area conception for transport- and distribution trade in the region of Hamburg

Idea and concept study on behalf of the Hamburg city development authority. The working group was composed of: Institute for Local and Regional

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City-compatible location- and area conception for transport- and distribution trade in the region of Hamburg

Customer: City development authority

Idea and concept study on behalf of the Hamburg city development authority. The working group was composed of: Institute for Local and Regional Transportation Research e.V. (ISRT), Coast Planning Institute (PIK) and SCI Engineer Services GmbH (SCI).

Advice on a logistics initiative

With the intention of implementation, at the beginning of 2006 joint cluster management for innovation transfer, location marketing and an economic,

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Advice on a logistics initiative

Customer: Hamburgische Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung mbH (Hamburg Company for Economic Development)

With the intention of implementation, at the beginning of 2006 joint cluster management for innovation transfer, location marketing and an economic, scientific and research network is to be established with partners from the general economy. The following primary aims were pursued within the framework of this logistics initiative: a. assurance and creation of jobs in the logistics sector and logistics-related sectors, and an increase in competitiveness (14,000 by 2015; EUR 6 billion added value) ¬ creation of competitive advantages for existing companies, ¬ relocation of companies in logistics-related fields b. creation and expansion of existing logistics competence in the region through networking the market players as a location factor in the region c. utilisation of synergy effects with the competence clusters ?multimedia, IT and telecommunications? and ?aviation?

Profitability Analysis Examples

German urban railway systems

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German urban railway systems

Customer: Private industry

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Benchmarking of production techniques and construction materials

On behalf of a supplier of sub-systems, SCI Verkehr has benchmarked different production methods and construction materials for a component.

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Benchmarking of production techniques and construction materials

Customer: Supplier of sub-systems

On behalf of a supplier of sub-systems, SCI Verkehr has benchmarked different production methods and construction materials for a component. Especially the comparison between railway technology and other mobile applications is supposed to illustrate adaptation possibilities of solutions from other areas.

Environmental criteria in short-distance passenger rail transport competition

On behalf of Allianz pro Schiene, SCI Verkehr is analysing the importance of ecological-related decision-making criteria within the German

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Environmental criteria in short-distance passenger rail transport competition

Customer: Allianz pro Schiene

On behalf of Allianz pro Schiene, SCI Verkehr is analysing the importance of ecological-related decision-making criteria within the German competition market for short-distance passenger rail transport. For this, environmental criteria are going to be analysed with regard to completed awards of short-distance passenger rail transport services and their future importance.

Process optimization Examples

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Preparation of bidding documents for tenders in eastern Germany

SCI Verkehr supported the transport company in the conceptual and practical preparation of two commuter rail bids in eastern Germany. The services

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Preparation of bidding documents for tenders in eastern Germany

Customer: Commuter rail operator

SCI Verkehr supported the transport company in the conceptual and practical preparation of two commuter rail bids in eastern Germany. The services ranged from the development and assessment of a vehicle concept to conceptual, technical and editorial support to operational and organisational support.

Coordination of offer drafting for an SPNV- tender

SCI is accompanying the drafting of an offer in the context of an SPNV-route tender for an expanding transport company. Consultation on project

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Coordination of offer drafting for an SPNV- tender

Customer: Transport company

SCI is accompanying the drafting of an offer in the context of an SPNV-route tender for an expanding transport company. Consultation on project coordination and support for the development of a general organizational, structural and operational model for future tenders are a part of the project. In addition, SCI Verkehr has elaborated the marketing and personnel structures as well as elements of the business concept.