Civils Assessment Framework Agreement (CAFA)

To aid the management of railway safety for the public, the Civils Assessment Framework Agreement (CAFA) is a five-year Network Rail programme that evaluates structures to provide critical information on their structural integrity.

To aid the management of railway safety for the public, the Civils Assessment Framework Agreement (CAFA) is a five-year Network Rail programme that evaluates structures to provide critical information on their structural integrity. This is vital to support authorisations of future rail advancements, such as increasing train speed on the line or accommodating heavier weight on bridges.

As expert principle suppliers to WSP, the partnered lead consultants, Pell Frischmann provides assessments of structures such as transport bridges, station canopies, and footbridges. These also include additional services to assist Network Rail with their preparation of business plans, and thorough services analyses.

To strengthen and prolong structural service life, we also provide detailed recommendations, from the clearing of vegetations and straightening of uneven surfaces, to investing in elements such as the repairing of reinforcement concretes and identifying critical structures that hold immediate threats to public safety.

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With crucial data running between Pell Frischmann, WSP, and Network Rail, robust time management and a culture of rapid responsiveness was adopted. This allowed the ability to juggle various elements within projects, whilst ensuring a controlled project management system to efficiently micromanage tasks.

Furthermore, having previous experiences through Network Rail’s Civil Examinations Framework Agreement (CEFA), we have exceptional experts that share experiences across the scheme to ensure the meeting of all deadlines at a high standard with effective solutions to create greater value for Network Rail.

The CAFA scheme is a useful practical tool that also provides vital training for junior engineers, as it creates an understanding of service life structures and its implications on health and safety. As a great technical starting point for graduates, the project aids the nurturing of processes such as concrete beam works and potential defects found within assessments, something we are pleased to work with our partners on to build up the next generation of professional engineers.

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