Conduct of Value Engineering / Value Analysis for the Panay River Basin Integrated Development Project (PRBIDP)

Value Engineering / Value Analysis

Value Engineering/Value Analysis (VE/VA), as defined by the Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE International), is the systematic application of recognized techniques by a multi-disciplinary team that identifies the functions of a product or service to ultimately generate alternatives with higher value through the use of creative thinking. The PRBIDP is a multipurpose project in Capiz Province, Western Visayas, proposed by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) that aims to irrigate farmlands and increase rice production, mitigate flooding in frequently inundated...

Feasibility Study for the Pasig City Transit System
Feasibility Study for the Pasig City Transit System

Transport Planning & Feasibility

Pasig City, located in the National Capital Region (NCR) of the Philippines, is one of the highly urbanized cities in the country and home to several prominent developments, most notably Ortigas Center, a premier central business district in the region. Its geography is a natural inter-city connection being surrounded by other urbanized cities of the NCR in almost all directions. The Pasig City Transit Express (PCTEX) is a proposed intra-city urban transit system that is intended to decrease traffic congestion...

Dryport project
Feasibility Study of the North Philippine Dry Port Container Rail Transport Service

Transport Planning & Feasibility

The North Philippine Dry Port Container Rail Transport Service is a freight rail service which aims to connect the Port of Manila to a dry port in North Luzon. The rail line will run along the PNR right-of-way. It will have two freight terminals on each side of the corridor – one in Manila Port and the other in Balagtas, Bulacan. The dry port will provide services for containerized cargo and agribulk going to and from Northern Luzon. The Joint...

Feasibility Study for the Northeast Commuter Line

Transport Planning & Feasibility

The Greater Capital Region (GCR) is composed of three (3) regions, Metro Manila, Central Luzon and CALABARZON. The Northeast Commuter Line is a transit system intended to provide connectivity between Makati City (Metro Manila) to Cabanatuan City (Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon). As such, it will not only address traffic congestion in Metro Manila, but also support the rapid economic growth of the northeastern section of the GCR. The transit line will utilize multiple existing rail alignments such as part...

Common Station Alternative Design (Integrated LRT1 and MRT3 Station at Trinoma)


The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) awarded in 2014 a project extending the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) to Cavite, a distance of approximately 12 kilometers, and 8 stations.  Together with said extension, DOTC proposed to interconnect the LRT1 and MRT3 systems in the general vicinity of Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. In its terms of reference, the DOTC committed to construct a Common Station allowing for a seamless passenger interconnectivity and proposed a conceptual design known as...

Mass Transport and Toll Road Studies in Greenfield – Sta. Rosa

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility

The Mass Transport and Toll Road Studies were undertaken to assess the viability of implementing a mass transport system within the Greenfield-Sta. Rosa Development site and establishing the Mamplasan Road as a toll road connecting residential and commercial developments owned or controlled by Greenfield Development Corporation in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and nearby areas.For this assessment, SYSTRA was given 4 months by by MVA Hong Kong Limited to perform the following:Coordination with the Principal in conducting the studies, particularly...

Feasibility Study for Davao People Mover System

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility

This Feasibility Study was prepared for the extension of Line 1 of the Davao People Mover Project from Bajada Interchange to the Davao International Airport.Specific deliverables include:Complete design criteria; Plan and profile of the whole Project; Basic results of borehole test surveys and basic design of substructures; Preliminary design of all superstructures to include spacing of piers, technology (AASHTO girders, box girders, super T, others); Preliminary design of stations; Preliminary design of all electro-mechanical components such as rolling...

Feasibility Study for Boracay Island Transit System

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility

The Boracay Island Transit System or BTS is a people mover transport scheme that is foreseen to provide a more efficient, environment friendly, reliable, and safer mode of transportation within the island.This study assesses the transport demand potential in the island for a people-mover transit system to determine its viability.   Included in the study are the transport demand forecast over a period of 30 years, technology selection, alignment study, concept design, operations and maintenance, preliminary environmental and social impact...

Feasibility Study for Caticlan – Boracay Aerial Ropeway Transit

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility

Boracay is a small island in the municipality of Malay, Province of Aklan. It is one of the world’s top tourist destinations thanks to its fine white sand beaches, varied leisure activities, and pulsating night life.The Caticlan – Boracay Aerial Ropeway Project is a top-supported cable propelled transit system that will connect Caticlan (mainland) to the island of Boracay crossing the Tabon Strait.  It is a modern, reliable and high-quality transportation system foreseen to move people in and out...

Fort Bonifacio – Makati Skytrain Feasibility Study

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility

The project consists of a 1.873-km public transit system between the vicinity of the Line 3 Guadalupe Station and Fort Bonifacio (Uptown Mall area). It generally follows the existing roads within the vicinity i.e., J.P. Rizal Avenue, Lawton Avenue, 8th Avenue, and 38th Street. The technology adopted for this project is an Automated People Mover (APM) with two (2) stations at each end and operating at a maximum speed of 40 to 50 km/h.SYSTRA Philippines was tasked by its...

Feasibility Revalidation and Preliminary Design of PNR East-West Rail

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility

The East-West Rail Project is a metro rail system that will address the huge ridership demand along Quezon Avenue-España Boulevard (formerly MRT9 project proposal), and provide interconnection with the Metro Manila urban rail network (LRT1, LRT2, MRT3, and the planned MRT7).  The line intersects with PNR at its Antipolo Station with the aim to attract passengers taking sub-urban and long-distance trips using the PNR.Detailed services provided by SYSTRA Philippines include:Attend weekly consortium coordination meetings and provide vital technical...

Manila LRT1 – North Avenue Temporary Transfer Platform Preliminary Design

Design, Operation and Maintenance

SYSTRA Philippines was requested to develop two (2) alternative concepts for an LRT1 – MRT3 transfer platform in the vicinity of the EDSA-North Avenue Station, integrating the current MRT3 Station and existing structures such as Trinoma Mall.This task entailed the preparation of schematic diagrams, structural concepts and cost estimates for the 2 alternative concepts.

Manila LRT1 – ESR 1 (Tracks)

General Consultancy, Operation and Maintenance

Relative to the claims of Light Rail Manila Corporation versus the grantors (government) of the LRT 1 South Extension Project, SYSTRA Philippines was tasked to:Review of the LRTA Maintenance Records Accomplishment Reports in comparison with the LRTA Maintenance Plans, and identify anomalies and shortfalls; Determine if identified faults requiring corrective maintenance were indeed promptly repaired; and, Identify where preventive/corrective maintenance has not been carried out because of insufficient spares.

Manila LRT1 – South Extension: Assistance to Adjustment of Claims Based on Independent Consultant’s (IC) Revised Certification

General Consultancy, Operation and Maintenance

As complement to SYSTRA Philippines’ assistance to the LRT 1 South Extension Concessionaire (Light Rail Manila Corporation or LRMC) in their claims versus Grantors (Government of the Philippines) for non-compliance with Concession Agreement provisions,  SYSTRA was also requested to perform the following activities:Preparation of responses to the Independent Consultant’s (IC) certification, to reiterate and justify the bases for calculation of LRMC’s claims, especially those that were contested by the IC Identification of inaccuracies between certifications issued, as well...

Manila LRT1 – Claims Assessment

General Consultancy, Operation and Maintenance

SYSTRA Philippines provided technical assistance to the LRT 1 South Extension Concessionaire (Light Rail Manila Corporation or LRMC) in their preparation of claims versus Grantors (Government of the Philippines) for non-compliance with Concession Agreement provisions on key performance indicators (KPIs) and the Terms of Reference/Maintenance Plan.  Specifically, it entailed the assessment of capital costs required to return the existing LRT1 system to its April 2014 condition, particularly, the 106 minutes cycle time and 87 LRVs availability.Specific tasks performed by...

Manila LRT1 – System Assessment

General Consultancy, Operation and Maintenance

SYSTRA Philippines provided technical assistance to the LRT 1 South Extension Concessionaire (Light Rail Manila Corporation or LRMC) in the review of the LRT 1 system.  This review is meant to serve as the basis of  monetary claims the concessionaire was to make versus the Grantors (Government of the Philippines), for non-compliance with Concession Agreement provisions on key performance indicators (KPIs) and the Terms of Reference/Maintenance Plan.This task was carried out over 20 days, and involved the following sub-tasks:...

Manila LRT1 – Southern Extension: Grand Central Station

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility

SYSTRA’s scope of work for said project was to assess the viability of a joint LRT1 – MRT3 – MRT7 station in the vicinity of the EDSA/North Avenue intersection, thereby eliminating the need to build two stations to comply with the complexities of the concession agreements signed for the MRT7 and LRT1 South Extension Projects.The common LRT1-MRT3 station is to be located some 350 meters north of the current MRT 3 North EDSA Station, and is linked to the...

Manila-Calamba Freight Line Rehabilitation-Reconstruction Preliminary Study

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility

The Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal (LGICT/ICX) is an inland container depot located in Calamba, Laguna that has been projected to handle the increasing demand of operations in the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), providing a regional logistics hub in the provinces of Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Aurora, and Quezon. Currently, ICX is operating and able to receive laden containers from MICT. However, transport between terminals is done via traditional trucking.MRail Incorporated (MRAIL) signed an agreement with the International Container...

On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Capacity Building on Value Engineering/Value Analysis (VE/VA) of Infrastructure Projects Phase 2

Value Engineering / Value Analysis

SYSTRA Philippines was awarded this contract by the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) in October 2016.  Under this contract, SYSTRA capacitated representatives from NEDA Regional Offices (NROs) and from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through training, mentoring, and active participation in the Value Engineering / Value Analysis (VE/VA) process, as provided in the NEDA VA Handbook of 2009 and following the guidelines of SAVE International.  This includes compliance with the 6-Phase Job Plan (Information, Function...

Program Management of Construction Management and Capacity Building for PNR Capital Improvement Projects

Project / Construction Management

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) launched a rehabilitation program with the goal of re-opening the PNR’s Bicol Express service. Below are some of PNR’s capital improvement projects:Track Rehabilitation from Tutuban to Los Baños Laguna Double Tracking from Sucat to Alabang Track Ballasting for Hondagua Division Railway Bridges Repair and Rehabilitation Station Development and Station Yard Fencing Reconstruction/Renovation of Station Buildings including platform and passenger shelter improvements Repair of Nine (9)...

Owner’s Engineer Consultancy Services Contract for the MRT Line 7 Project

General Consultancy

The MRT7 Project involves the financing, design, construction, testing, commissioning, and operations & maintenance of an integrated transportation system consisting of the Metro Rail Transit System (MRTS), including Depot and Rolling Stock, the Highway, and the Intermodal Transportation Terminal (ITT).  The MRTS shall consist of approximately 22 km with 14 stations from North Avenue in EDSA, Quezon City, to San Jose del Monte.  The Highway will be at least 6 lanes and approximately 22 km from the Bocaue interchange...

Project Management Support Team (PMST) for Northrail Project Section 1 Phase 1

Project / Construction Management, Value Engineering / Value Analysis

Section 1 Phase 1 of the Northrail project is a 32.12-km, double-track, narrow gauge railway line running in a north-south direction, which shall be constructed within the existing PNR right of way.  It starts from Caloocan to Malolos, Bulacan.  Northrail has engaged the services of a consultant to serve as the PMST.The joint venture between SYSTRA, ESCA and SYSTRA Philippines performed the following consultancy services from February 2007 to October 2011:Programme/Project Management Construction Supervision Review of the following...

Value Analysis on Rail Gauge and Train Type

Value Engineering / Value Analysis

The National Economic and Development Authority resolved to procure consulting services to undertake the Value Analysis for the Rail Gauge and Train Type with the objective to define the long-term strategy in the selection of the most appropriate rail gauge and train type for the Inter-Urban Philippine Railway System to ensure seamless connectivity in railway lines.Preparation of the general and detailed work plan which includes timetable/ schedule for each of the activities Review of the pre-feasibility study and/or...

Value Analysis (VA) on the Cebu Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) Project

Design, Transport Planning & Feasibility, Value Engineering / Value Analysis

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) resolved to procure consulting services to undertake the Value Analysis for the Cebu BRT Project to develop the best value alternative/configuration for the project to attain the desired objective of providing increased mobility within the influence area. The proposed Cebu BRT, being one of the major projects in the Visayas, is envisioned on a 23-kilometer corridor traversing Cebu City’s Central Business District.SYSTRA Philippines, together with SPACEM Design and Associates, was involved, from...

Feasibility Study (F/S) on DOST’s Automated Guide-way Transit (AGT) System

Transport Planning & Feasibility, Value Engineering / Value Analysis

The National Economic and Development Authority resolved to procure consulting services to undertake a feasibility study for an AGT System (as developed by the Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Centre or DOST-MIRDC) in order to “establish the viability of the AGT system vis-à-vis other modes of transportation and economic aspects” and “ensure that value engineering/value analysis (VE/VA) is undertaken in establishing the AGT System as a viable alternative mode of mass transportation”.SYSTRA’s services...

Development of an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for Metro Manila

Transport Planning & Feasibility

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ITS Study includes the design, development and introduction of a new, upgraded, Information Technology (IT)-based traffic control system for the MMDA.  It is meant to serve as a comprehensive road map for the envisioned renewal and upgrading of the existing Metro Manila Traffic Signal System and related facilities and equipment and associated works into latest cutting-edge technology in ITS, that is multi-disciplinary, multi-functional, and holistic.The actual services provided by SYSTRA Philippines staff are:...

Mumbai Metro Project

General Consultancy

The Mumbai Metro is a rapid transit system being built in Mumbai, India, which is intended to provide a designed to reduce traffic congestion within the city.  The first phase of the project spans 63 kilometers and will be implemented through a 35-year Build-Operate-Transfer scheme.  As of date, the 11.07-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor, which is the first of three high-capacity lines in this initial phase, is under construction. Still within Phase 1, this line will later be followed by...

Midterm Review of the Northrail Project (Section 1 and 2)

General Consultancy

Following instructions from the Office of the President, the DOTC issued Department Order 2010-26, creating a Task Force for the Midterm Evaluation/Review of the NORTHRAIL Project, of which the SES-Joint Venture was appointed as the Consultant Team.  This involved the technical, legal and transactional due diligence review of the Northrail Project Phase I Section I (Caloocan to Malolos) and Section II (Malolos to Mabalacat) was “in light of allegations of exorbitant pricing and non-viability”.  The study was to also...

EDSA MRT 3 Rail Project: Technical Assistant

General Consultancy, Operation and Maintenance, Project / Construction Management

Manila MRT 3 is a rail transit system servicing 420,000 passengers daily along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), the most loaded highway of Metro Manila, a conurbation of 13 Million inhabitants. The maximum capacity of 24,000 passengers per hour per direction is achieved during peak hours by 20 3-car trains at 3-minute headway.The guideway of MRT 3 System, mostly elevated on a viaduct is located in the center of the EDSA has a length of 17 kilometers with...