Macro understands how to manage the complex challenges of train control and critical communications systems. We specialize in designing and overseeing the construction and commissioning of control centers and the systems that go into them. Our expertise includes strategic planning for rail agencies as well as assisting our clients in preparing competitive bid documents, facilitating contract negotiations, and overseeing the subsequent design, installation and acceptance testing.
Many of our seasoned, field-tested systems engineers have hands-on experience, both as designers and operators of rail control systems. Because our staff has a deep understanding of rail operations, we can effectively communicate with an agency’s control center staff and support the re-engineering of the operations to take advantage of the new system functions that will be provided with the upgraded system. Our field-proven competencies include centralized traffic control (CTC), traction power supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), integrated communications switch (ICS), and passenger information systems.
Steve joined Macro in 1984 as a systems engineering consultant and project manager for design, specification, procurement, and implementation management of real-time SCADA and Energy Management control systems for the electric utility industry. Steve’s career at Macro evolved over the years to applying this real-time central control system expertise to the transportation industry. Steve has experience in all phases of implementing real-time transportation management projects for both bus and rail, from project inception studies, through implementation and testing, specializing in Central Office system architecture, functions, user interface, process re-engineering, and control center design. Steve is currently Macro’s Director of Rail Transit, leading Macro’s team of engineering consultants in technical services related to Centralized Train Control and Traction Power SCADA office systems and control center design. Steve not only leads the rail transit group, but stays active in projects, currently leading two of Macro’s major rail consulting projects.