8 APRIL 2018: Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants (RMTC) was awarded the project management and construction supervision contract for Lines 1, 2 and 3 of the Riyadh Metro in August 2013, bringing together the combined might of three world-leading transit program and construction management consultants in Parsons Corporation (US), Egis (France) and Systra (France).
The joint venture is overseeing work of the design-build contractors (DBs) in the BACS and ANM consortia (who are collectively responsible for some $17 billion of the total $23 billion Metro project investment), as well as providing design review and construction oversight for the ADA.
“We are a resource for the client [ADA], the oversight engineering consultant for the DBs,” explains RMTC Project Director John Rinard. “Essentially, we make sure the DBs deliver what the ADA has contracted, whether from a technical, commercial or other perspective.”
Rinard, who has managed billions of dollars-worth of infrastructure, railway and metro projects in his career, says RMTC’s priority pillars are quality and safety. The JV’s rules of engagement with the ADA, the DBs and subcontractors is geared to achieve exactly that.
“This project is being built with a design life of 100 years,” he summarises. “So, we work with the DBs to determine quality in the supply chain, from the billions of dollars’-worth of heavy civil infrastructure to the glazing, tiling, wallboarding and other things the public will see and touch.
“RMTC has approval on everything, from materials procurement to subcontractor assignments for the DBs, and safety. That’s sometimes where the friction points are: as an engineer we cannot fail to deliver quality, and only when we are satisfied will we issue Code A, or ‘good to go’, to the contractor.”Subscribe to continue reading...