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Updates from EMD, ARCADIS, Alstom, InteliSum and Guardium


• Electro-Motive Diesel Inc.’s (EMD) Class 66 locomotive has achieved homologation in France. The driving capabilities of the locomotive’s radial steering bogie achieved homologation for tracks down to Demoux Group 2 — something usually granted only to much lighter locomotives, EMD said. The company is delivering the homologated locomotives as part of a 60-unit order from French railway operator Euro Cargo Rail, which will use the motive power for cross-border operations between France, Belgium and Germany. Introduced in 1998 in the United Kingdom, the Class 66 locomotives will be equipped with required safety systems and radios for all three countries, and be capable of automatic switching from one country to the other.

• Consulting and engineering firm ARCADIS has created Program Management/Construction Management (PMCM), a new U.S. division in the company’s infrastructure division. PMCM will work closely with the infrastructure and environment divisions, enabling ARCADIS to provide a complete service offering, the company said. ARCADIS named Chuck Dahill, formerly chief executive officer of ARCADIS subsidiary PinnacleOne, president of the PMCM division. The company also named Paul Dalida a vice president in the infrastructure division. He will be assigned to the New York City office and help manage MTA Long Island Rail Road’s East Side Access Project as director of Manhattan projects. Most recently a senior project manager with Hatch Mott MacDonald, Dalida has more than 30 years of experience in transit, road and commercial project design, construction and management.

• Alstom has appointed Ruth Ravitz Smith vice president of government affairs and Timothy Brow, director of communications. Most recently a principal at Brown Rudnick in Washington, D.C., Smith has more than 25 years of government relations experience. Brown most recently was director of strategic communications for Exelon Generation. He previously held senior-level communications and public affairs positions in the energy industry.

• InteliSum Inc. is helping engineering firm Wilbur Smith Associates design the TRAX light-rail project for the Utah Transit Authority. The firm is using InteliSum’s Life Dimensional 3D (LD3) tools to create a visually and dimensionally accurate model of portions of the project. Wilbur Smith Associates used the InteliCamera, a LD3 scanner, to create a model of power lines and sites where new track will be placed.

• The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has implemented Guardium’s real-time database security and monitoring system to help safeguard cardholder data. Guardium also will help WMATA simplify enterprise security by automating and centralizing various controls, such as by protecting stored data, maintaining secure systems, and monitoring and restricting access to cardholder data.

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