An essential element of FUTREX's strategy is to augment
the capabilities of its management team through a consortium approach.
To fulfill this strategy FUTREX has assembled a consortium of leading
design, engineering, and manufacturing firms to complete the
full-scale development of System 21
. This team will perform the engineering, fabrication, construction and
testing for development and installation while refining resources for successful worldwide
Battelle Memorial Institute
A 7,200 employee independent scientific and engineering
firm, Battelle Memorial Institute
is one of the most respected international organizations engaged
in the development, commercialization and management of technology for
both industry and government. Battelle has a focus to serve industry and
government through the development of new technologies, products and solutions,
while delivering high-quality products and reducing time-to-market. Battelle
is also considered to be one of the nation's foremost authorities in
rail transit safety, rail dynamics, and structural integrity. Battelle
will perform engineering and fabrication of the vehicle suspension and
drive train units, conduct test instrumentation and data analysis of guideway
and other facilities; and conduct laboratory analysis of safety aspects
of System 21 for the first installation.
Charleston Marine Manufacturing
CMMC is one of FUTREX's manufacturing partners providing
capability for the fabrication of System 21's steel guideway,
switch, and station components. CMMC's founder and President is Richard
K. Gregory, a FUTREX Board Member and former General Dynamics executive
who served as General Manager of its Charleston submarine facility from
1989 to 1993. Under Mr. Gregory's leadership, CMMC was successful in winning
the master lease of the former Charleston Naval Complex with a business
plan focused on converting the defense facility to commercial use with
projects like System 21.
(formerly Frederic R. Harris, Inc.)
is an internationally prominent engineering firm which has
worked in all aspects of planning and engineering for large scale urban
and municipal transportation projects. DMJM+Harris is a leader in the planning,
engineering and construction management of air, sea, land and rail transportation
systems, including airports, ports, bridges and highways, bus and surface
transit facilities, downtown people movers and rapid transit systems. Utilizing
this expertise, DMJM+Harris
participated extensively in the quarter-scale model effort, and will serve
on the engineering team for the first System 21 installation,
providing assistance with guideway and facility engineering, site preparation,
structural foundations and construction management.
SYSTRA Consulting, Inc.
, is the result of the merger of LS Transit Systems, Inc. and Rail Transportation
Systems, Inc., coming together to form a 250 employee organization. SYSTRA
is a member of the French-owned Groupe SYSTRA organization, with worldwide
influence for over 25 years in the planning and design of more than 50
rail and transit systems. SYSTRA is an operations-focused transportation
consulting firm which is dedicated to improving passenger and freight
mobility and the quality of ground transportation systems. SYSTRA has participated
in the improvement and development of American high speed rail corridors,
commuter and freight railroads, bus transit systems, rapid transit, light
rail, and automated people movers since 1985. SYSTRA will oversee systems
integration, acceptance testing, and system safety plan formulation for
the System 21 first installation effort.
of Bern, Switzerland, one of the oldest and most respected fabricators
of mountain funiculars and aerial gondolas, and more recently transit
vehicles. Gangloff will be responsible for final engineering, component
integration and fabrication of System 21 vehicle shells and interiors.
Gangloff will be working closely with Battelle, developers of the vehicle
power/suspension modules, and SYSTRA Consulting, the systems integrator.