Several assignments on a high-speed line for SYSTRA in Spain

Inside the JV team, Subterra is responsible for the Site Technical office, Geotechnical aspects of the lot (slopes, embankments, foundations, earthworks etc.) and Tunnels.

The section concerned is approximately 15.1km long and will run between the municipalities of Tafalla and Campanas in the autonomous community of Navarre, northern Spain. The work will be carried out by our client, state-owned railway infrastructure manager ADIF.

The Tafalla – Campanas section is an essential rail link in the ADIF programme, which aims to integrate Navarre into the Spanish high-speed rail network. This project represents a significant success for SYSTRA Subterra and we are delighted that our client has placed its trust in our teams to carry it out.

José Miguel Galera, CEO SYSTRA Subterra

A major national high-speed rail initiative

The Cantabrian-Mediterranean High Speed Railway Corridor is a significant section of Spain’s railway network, intended to connect the Basque Country and the autonomous community of Cantabria with the city of Valencia. It was initially announced in 2004 and later incorporated into Spain’s 2005-2020 Strategic Infrastructure and Transport Plan.

Regional high-speed train at Caudiel station, Valencia, Spain

Benefits for the movement of freight and passengers

The project aims to facilitate the transport of freight and significantly reduce passenger travel times. Once operational, the Valencia-Santander route is expected to take just over four hours, compared with the previous journey time of more than 12 hours.

A tunnel signed SYSTRA for Istanbul

The Sarıyer and Kilyos districts of Istanbul will soon be accessible via a double bypass road tunnel, the underground infrastructure for which was designed by SYSTRA SWS Türkiye on behalf of construction firm IC Ictas Construction. The latest event to take place was the meeting between the excavation teams for two sections: the excavation face of the north portal left tube and adit tunnel.

I would like to congratulate the teams who have been mobilised to assist IC Ictas Construction. This project has benefited from the quality of SYSTRA SWS Türkiye’s design studies, which we began producing at the beginning of 2022. Two years on, the tunnels are taking shape and we look forward to seeing them completed.

Gokay Caglar Memisoglu, Business Development Manager, SYSTRA SWS Türkiye

For this project, SYSTRA SWS Türkiye carried out the execution studies for the entire motorway section, including structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) studies using BIM (LOD 400*), and is currently providing technical assistance during the construction of the work.

BIM Modelling of the project (with Naviswork):

Earth investigation on the side of Sarıyer
Earth investigation on the side of Kilyos

Two construction methods

The twin-tube tunnels in the project were designed to be bored in two different methods:

A better connection

The construction of this new tunnel, scheduled to open in 2026, should cut journey times for motorists while reducing air pollution and noise pollution caused by surface traffic jams. The road network will also provide a direct connection to the Northern Marmara motorway in northern Istanbul, as well as to Istanbul International Airport.

SYSTRA in Türkiye

Present in the country since 2011, SYSTRA employs 125 people in Türkiye and has a leading position in the field of complex infrastructure design, thanks to a dedicated and comprehensive expertise and consultancy offering. The Group, which is located in Ankara and in Istanbul, intends to expand its workforce.

Inauguration of six new stations for the Cairo Metro

The third line of the Cairo Metro now reaches the Ring Road, which is being built all around the city. Financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), this extension will serve the Imbaba district, one of the most densely populated in the world with almost 500,000 inhabitants.

Located to the north of the Giza Plateau, this area now benefits from fast, direct access to Cairo’s historic city centre, international airport, and other lines on the network.

We are proud to have reached this new milestone in the development of the Cairo Metro. Every day, almost 4 million passengers use it. For the inhabitants of the Egyptian capital, the metro is the main means of transport. These new stations will help to reduce surface car traffic and make life easier for local residents.

Faiçal Chaabane, Senior Vice President Egypt & North Africa Executive Director

In 2016, SYSTRA was chosen to act as General Consultant for Phase 3 of Line 3 of the Cairo Metro. Our teams were involved in reviewing the execution studies, before supervising the entire worksite, from civil engineering to the installation of systems, in particular the power supply and signalling systems, and the commissioning of the rolling stock.

Ring Road Station on Line 3 of the Cairo Metro, January 2023

Working alongside the Cairo Metro since 1970

SYSTRA has been working with the Egyptian authorities on the design and development of their metro system for over half a century. We have provided our services for the design and construction of all the lines in the network, the first metro system to be created on the African continent, which came into service in 1987.

The previous inauguration took place in October 2022, when Line 3 crossed Zamalek Island and reached Kit Kat station.

2023 ENR Rankings: SYSTRA among the best engineering firms worldwide in the transportation field

Barely a year after entering the TOP 5 of the Bridges category, SYSTRA continues to climb to the very top of the ENR rankings, taking 4th position. The Group’s growth forecast for 2022 is +20% in this segment, equivalent to that of the top company in the ranking.

In the Mass Transit & Rail segment, SYSTRA remains one of the undisputed champions since the creation of the ranking by retaining its 3rd position, just behind WSP and Aecom, with growth 15% higher than that of the category as a whole (+10% for the category).

These excellent results confirm those published in August for the other categories: SYSTRA moved up to 8th position (+1 compared to the 2022 ranking) in the Transportation category and confirmed its entry from the previous year in the top 225 International Design Firms, moving up to 24th position.

The Top Global Sourcebook Release, which the American magazine has just published, is based on international turnover (excluding France for SYSTRA) declared for 2022 by the world’s largest companies in several categories.

Once again, these rankings confirm our international strategy focused on transport engineering. Each year, SYSTRA consolidates its position as one of the world’s leading players in the mobility sector. This renewed success is to the credit of all our teams who, once again this year, have capitalised on our international expertise to win the confidence of our clients. We can be proud of what we have achieved so far and look to the future with determination.

Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA

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SYSTRA CANADA: An Innovative Driver of Quebec’s Energy Transition

SYSTRA Canada will be responsible for the design of the charging systems, assisting the STTR with calls for tenders, and overseeing the procurement, installation and commissioning of the charging and charge management systems.


The STTR is committed to providing optimal mobility services, thereby promoting the development and vitality of the city of Trois-Rivières. It operates not only urban transit and paratransit services, with a fleet of 62 12-m buses and 15 paratransit vehicles.

As part of its innovative ecological approach, the STTR wants to reduce its GHG emissions by propelling its transition to electrification. Simultaneously, it is grasping the opportunity to modernize its infrastructures to optimize their performance.

This project testifies to our customers’ renewed confidence when it comes to our expertise in supporting them in the energy transition of their bus fleets. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, noise reduction and improved passenger comfort, to name but a few benefits, represent a significant step towards improving the quality of life of citizens and making a positive contribution to preserving the environment. As a team specialized in electromobility, we are proud to play a key role in this sustainable evolution.

Carlos Hernandez, Project Manager Electromobility – SYSTRA Canada


SYSTRA Canada previously assessed the energy requirements, as well as the required number and type of charging stations, to ensure the continuity of STTR’s operation.

This analysis was carried out using our dedicated in-house tools, Wild Turkey and TESS. This in-depth analysis will enable us to design the optimum configuration for the layout of the chargers and electrical rooms, ensuring an infrastructure perfectly adapted to the specific needs of the project.


This electrification project will enable the STTR, over the medium term, to improve the quality of their service whilst significantly reducing operating costs.

SYSTRA wins rail and metro projects in the philippines

IdentifYing expansion possibilities for Manila’s light rail system

SYSTRA is to carry out a feasibility study for the extension of the capacity of LRT2, the capital’s second light metro line (light metro because it runs on elevated viaducts), on behalf of the Light Rail Transit Authority, and in collaboration with the technical services provider TÜV Rheinland.

It will be used to support the approval of the project by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and its validation by the agencies responsible for overseeing it.

The conclusions, expected within six months, will enable the strategic planning to be calibrated, and the necessary measures to protect and manage the assets to be programmed.

A train on the Manila light rail network

A strategic rail project to connect all the regions of Luzon

On the country’s largest island, Luzon, SYSTRA will be taking part in the North Long Haul Inter-Regional Railway Project, alongside Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Isla Lipana & Co. in the Philippines), and on behalf of the public-private partnership (PPP) Center and the Department of Transport.

The North Haul project is one of the Philippine government’s initiatives to boost the island’s economy. It provides for the financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of an inter-regional rail network of more than 800 km connecting the four regions of the island. It also includes passenger stations, freight terminals, maintenance depots, operations and control centres, connections to seaports, and other traffic-related developments.

Our assignment, which will last just over nine months, is divided into three phases:

With these two contracts, SYSTRA is reinforcing its reputation as a leader in the field of engineering in the Philippines and is making a significant contribution to the Manila metro and Luzon train networks. This first collaboration with TÜV Rheinland and PwC in the country paves the way for the development of fruitful relationships between international groups who share the same commitment to excellence.

Hervé Laumond, Director of SYSTRA Philippines
SYSTRA Canada assists the city of Matagami in improving transhipment yard

The City of Matagami, located in the Jamésie territory in the southern part of the Nord-du-Québec region, wishes to offer its population the best possible living environment, namely by creating permanent jobs at its transshipment center.

The city wants to leverage its long-term mining development potential with the gradual commissioning of three lithium mines, thus generating an increase in rail traffic.


As a first step, we developed a trusting relationship with the City and the Matagami Development Corporation during the feasibility phases for required modifications to the transshipment yard. Subsequently, we will be carrying out engineering studies, assisting the City in the selection of the contractor, and ensuring that the works are carried out in accordance with plans and standards.

This is an essential project for the people of Matagami and their future. The transhipment yard should lead to the creation of around 15 to 20 new permanent jobs, which is significant for the scale of this community. Alongside the town and its development corporation, SYSTRA Canada is mobilizing its expertise in heavy rail, one of the areas in which we are most firmly rooted in the country.

Maria-Pia Longo, P.Eng., PMP
Tarek Khoury, P.Eng., M.Eng.


The transshipment yard is located at the end of the rail line and at the beginning of the Billy-Diamond Highway (until 2020, it was known as the James Bay Highway). From this location, the road offers transportation options not available elsewhere, reducing procurement and shipping costs.


  • 15 to 20 jobs will be created
  • Increase from 800 to 8,000 railcars per year
  • 4 additional kilometres of new rail
Major Milestone for VIA Rail & SYSTRA Canada

VIA Rail Canada (VIA), a Canadian Crown corporation mandated to operate intercity passenger rail service, put its brand-new fleet in service in the Quebec City – Windsor corridor last September, providing passengers with a more comfortable, sustainable, and accessible train service, while improving the environmental footprint through advanced energy-efficient technology.

This latest development in VIA’s history marks a major milestone for SYSTRA Canada which has provided consulting services, together with CH2M Jacobs, for all phases of the company’s Fleet Replacement Program since 2017.

The commissioning of the first fleet is a successful milestone for the project teams and VIA, a long-standing client that we have been supporting for decades. The success of our assignment would not have been possible without the experience and expertise of our specialists who were familiar with all stages of design, production, and deployment of the new fleet.

Stephan Krajicek, Project Manager


Having provided assistance in completing the existing preliminary RFP documentation, our experts then supported VIA during the tendering phase. Finally, the Contract Execution Phase consisted in providing project management, administration, and engineering services, risk assessment support, design reviews, pre-service testing and commissioning, and continued support through acceptance and post-delivery.


The new trains are from Seimens with Charger Diesel motors and Venture carriages designed for the North American market.

Photo: Reece Martin


The Quebec-Windsor corridor is the busiest line in Canada, with 36 daily trips and more than 4 million annual passengers. It is also the busiest service on the VIA Rail network, accounting for 96% of its traffic in 2019.

key features: VIA’S NEW FLEET

  • Rolling stock: Siemens Venture trainsets;
  • Estimated life span: 30 years; 
  • Maximum speed: 201 km/h;
  • Braking distance at 160 km/h: 1,430 m (16 football fields);
  • Estimated distance to be covered annually: 320,000 km (8 times around the world);
  • Autonomy in kilometres: 2,113 km, (a little more than the distance between Toronto and Miami).
Tunnels take centre stage

Maximum exposure in Canada

From 24 to 26 September, teams from SYSTRA Canada and SYSTRA SWS took part in the TAC 2023 conference in Toronto, Canada. This major North American event is organised by the Tunnelling Association of Canada (TAC), and this year’s theme was ‘Smart Solutions, Future Growth’. Of particular note this year was a major exhibition showcasing trenchless tunnel excavation technologies, with examples from Canada and around the world.

Edoardo Misano on stage during the TAC 2023 conference

The TAC 2023 conference was an opportunity for Edoardo Misano, SYSTRA SWS tunnel expert, to demonstrate our skills in conventional tunnel excavation methods under the Seine in Paris. In particular, the case study of lot T3a of line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express, in which SYSTRA SWS was involved, was presented, to show how the state of the soil meant that the shafts and horizontal access galleries had to be redesigned, and then the soil had to be treated appropriately to prevent any instability between the water and the ground.

Tunnel boring machine, Line 15 Grand Paris Express

Spotlight on road tunnels in Colombia

The following week in Medellín, Colombia, the ‘ExpoTúneles y Minería Subterránea 2023’ was held, focusing on the underground and mining markets. Representatives from SYSTRA Subterra were on hand to meet our clients.

Rafael Sanchez, Head of the Safety Installations Department, gave a presentation on the inspection and safety of road tunnels.

SYSTRA presents during the conference in Colombia

Tunnels in the City of Lights

Finally, it was in France that the world of tunnels met for the 17th international AFTES (French Association for Tunnels and Underground Spaces) conference, from 2 to 4 October in Paris.

The SYSTRA France stand was the venue for a host of meetings with all those involved in the underground, public works, and tunnel structure sectors, focusing especially on energy, the environment and digital transition.

The SYSTRA stand at the AFTES conference