WES Corporate Partners Meeting



Earlier this month, representatives from various WES Corporate Partners met to discuss the different types of mentoring programs employed by companies, and how they’re used in organisations to support women in engineering careers. The meeting, facilitated by Past-president, Petra Gratton, was hosted by Transport for London at their Victoria Station House offices. The newly appointed WES COE Elizabeth Donnelly also attended this meeting.

The resulting comments and experiences will be used to generate a report, and to develop MentorSET Corporate, an extension of the current WES scheme.

Hitachi Infocon at InnoTrans 2018



The Sales and Marketing team have just arrived back from an extremely busy week at InnoTrans in Berlin. This bi-annual event provides a great opportunity to showcase our product range and capabilities to a captive international audience of railway professionals over a four day period.

The international trade fair, occupying all of the Berlin Messe exhibition grounds, welcomes on average 130,000 trade visitors filling 40 exhibition halls and two outdoor areas. Once more we had the opportunity to exhibit alongside Hitachi Rail Europe, Hitachi Rail and Ansaldo STS, demonstrating global expertise in rolling stock, maintenance and signalling plus digital innovations such as smart ticketing and dynamic headway. We also launched dessan Design which was very well received and generated a lot of interest from potential clients in Australia and India.

Amongst the many visitors to the stand we were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Transport the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP. He was given a short tour of the stand by Tim Gray and Karen Boswell (MD HRE).

The Sales and Marketing team would like to say a huge thank you to Paul Jones, Suleman Qazi and Oliver White who worked tirelessly throughout the show and provided invaluable technical support.

Hitachi to Launch New Signalling Design Software



London, September 12, 2018 --- Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Ltd. (HICSE) today announced that the company will launch an exciting new Railway Signalling Design tool ‘dessan Design’ in September. This intuitive new software enables signalling designer’s to easily create and edit new signalling layouts using an integrated library of signaling components.

It can be used to create design sketches during the option selection phases of a new project, and provides graphical outputs for the assessment of new design options. This integrated tool helps to reduce errors with its in-built validation and improves productivity for signalling designers. Less time spent manually transferring data between tools will improve efficiency and accelerate the design process.

dessan Design is part of the dessan Rail portfolio – a comprehensive suite of products that can increase efficiency throughout project lifecycles, via scheme optimisation, design validation, operational modelling and simulation, through to operator training.

Tim Gray, HICSE Managing Director, commented:

dessan Design is a great addition to the HICSE portfolio of software and data products designed for use in the railway industry. It draws on our excellent software expertise, but coupled with a real-world understanding of the signalling design process, so it also offers our clients opportunity to work more efficiently in delivery of projects. It is also a further step within Hitachi’s Digital Railway ambitions and our drive to become ‘An Innovation Partner for the IoT Era’.


InnoTrans 2018 – Berlin, Germany

HICSE will be demonstrating the new software on Hitachi Rail’s stand at InnoTrans on September 18-21. 


About Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Ltd.

Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe brings together many years of experience in delivery and support of simulation, control and traffic management systems. In the U.K. our products form an essential part of Network Rail’s operational infrastructure, enabling safe and efficient performance via our training simulator and automated route setting systems.

To meet rail sector challenges, our team are driving industry-changing innovations in full lifecycle modelling and simulation, including automated data validation and design optimisation solutions. We are now combining our products and experience with those of our parent company, Hitachi Limited, to deliver market leading information and control solutions such as the Tranista Traffic Management platform and related Digital Railway solutions.

For further information about the company, please visit:  www.hitachi-infocon.com

Or contact Denise Watkins, Business Development Manager: Tel 07872 147616 email: denise.watkins@hitachi-infocon.com

Victory at RailSport Games 2018



For the second year in a row Hitachi Infocon has won the Rounders Championship title in the RailSport Games UK. The event, organised by Rail Media and held across two days at Loughborough Endowed Schools, was celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Participants included top rail industry companies, like Network Rail, Siemens Rail, Knorr-Bremse Railservice, Thales etc.

Hitachi Infocon participated in 5-a-side football, 100 mile cycle race and defended the Championship title for Rounders gaining gold medals for the team – Well done all!!

Hitachi Annual Golf Day 2018


The Hitachi Annual Golf Day was held on the 11th July at Dalmahoy golf course, a beautiful setting just outside Edinburgh. This event is co-sponsored by HICSE and HRE and the guest list included representatives from some of the main players in the UK rail industry such as Atkins, Angel Trains, Porterbrook, Alstom, OSL and Unipart. It is a good opportunity to network with clients and suppliers as well as Hitachi colleagues from around the UK. HICSE MD Tim Gray hosted an enthusiastic four ball team and was close to a lucrative hole in one…. but not close enough!

golf day

Following a lively afternoon on the course the guests enjoyed an evening of world cup football (England v Croatia) and dinner hosted by Pete Graves (Sky Sports) with guest speakers Emile Heskey who during his 18 year career made more than 500 appearances the Football League and Premier League and represented England in international football, and Scott Hastings, a Scottish Rugby Union player. He won 65 caps at centre for Scotland from 1986 to 1997.  It was certainly interesting to watch the England v Croatia game with those guys and hear their views about the end result.

It would be great to have more involvement from the HICSE side though, players and guests, so if you do know one end of a golf club from the other why don’t you join one of the teams at next year’s event?

golf day

Partnership with Women’s Engineering Society


The Women's Engineering Society is a charity that inspires and supports women and girls to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and technical leaders. By becoming a Company Partner with WES, HICSE hopes to demonstrate its commitment to its female employees and to the WES vision of a better and more diverse world.

The Partnership Programme enables organisations to help WES with the important work that they do in supporting women engineers and encouraging girls to see engineering as a career option.

Diversity in HICSE means that we appreciate and value differences. It also means seeking to achieve a mix of people that reflects society today. Hitachi regards personal differences — gender, nationality, work history, age, sexual orientation, and philosophy — as facets of people's individuality. By respecting our employees' individualities and positioning them as an advantage, Hitachi frames its diversity and inclusion as conducive to both the individual's and the company's sustainable growth. With strong teamwork and broad experience in the global market, we will meet our customers' needs.

Women in Engineering

Presenting to the WWU3A Group


Suleman Qazi, a Project Engineer working on the Thameslink Traffic Management project, was asked to prepare and give a presentation about Traffic Management Systems (TMS) (Introduction and Architecture) to the West Wiltshire U3A (WWU3A) Science and Engineering group in Trowbridge on the 8th May 2018.  


The WWU3A was launched in Trowbridge in June 1989 and has approximately 610 members who participate in over 60 group activities.  The Science and Engineering group focus on a large diversity of subjects from railways (including model railways), to refurbishing canals and old mills.  They meet once a month to either listen to a speaker or take a visit to a different site. 

Suleman's presentation included a high level of architecture of the TMS systems and how it will be changing the Railways of the future.  Suleman made sure that his audience was engaged in the presentation and in return there was a half an hour questions and answers session.  Some of the group members have a good understanding of railway control systems which made the questions more interesting, however this didn't phase Suleman who, like the true professional he is, was able to answer all of the questions asked whilst promoting Hitachi's TMS systems.  


Dominic Choi, a Data Engineer also working on the Thameslink Traffic Management project, accompanied Suleman during the afternoon and spoke to some of the group after the presentation.

There was a lot of positive feedback following the presentation.  One member of the group said 'The presentation was very interesting with loads of questions from our members'.


The group leader Yvonne Doonan added 'The group were very pleased that Suleman was given time to do a presentation to this group of WWU3A retired people who mainly have backgrounds in the Science or Engineering fields.  The purpose was to enlighten them to the advancements in this particular technology and its advantages.

The presentation was well received and was considered well planned, pitched at the right level for the attendees and informative.  It was agreed that Suleman answered the varied and probing questions succinctly showing great technical knowledge.

We will follow the future development with great interest.'


We also had great feedback from an ex-HICSE employee, Bob Page, who said 'Suleman had obviously done a lot of preparation and collated numerous slides, graphics and videos, all very impressive and the timing of his presentation was precise to the minute.  Suleman faced some challenging questioning, none of which fazed him and where he didn't have a ready answer, he responded like a true politician.'

Suleman's final words were 'I thoroughly enjoyed my presentation and am looking forward to further such opportunities to promote Hitachi's TMS systems in the UK'.