Curriculum Vitae - Paul Steane
Full Name: Paul John Steane BTech CEng MIET
Location: Altrincham, Cheshire, UK
Born: September 1957
Marital Status: Single
Nationality: British - Full British Passport held
Own home owned
Clean Driving License held
Web Page: http://www.steane.com
At the end of March 2018 I set up my own company
Paul Steane Engineering Limited
offering my services as a freelance/consultant electrical and electronics engineer.
from February 1998 to March 2018:
Solutions Engineer/Electronics Engineer, Alstom Transport, Preston, UK (was
Customer Services, GEC ALSTHOM Traction Ltd. until 21 June 1998)
from 1989 to February 1998: Senior Design Engineer, GEC ALSTHOM
Traction Ltd., Manchester, UK
Major Projects (in reverse date order; detail omitted for confidentiality reasons)
- 2015-2017: lead engineer on a project to design, build and install an updated safety monitoring system on a fleet of d.c. e.m.u. trains
- 2014-2015: update the Class 319 traction control software to suit operation on the higher overhead line supply voltages found in North West England
- 2013-2014: further application of the data acquisition equipment to a different fleet of trains.
- 2011-2013: development of data acquisition equipment for
monitoring and downloading live data from a fleet of trains. Hardware design
and embedded software design.
- 2009-2010: further development of diagnostic capabilities
of Class 319 equipment.
- 2007-2008: development of reliability improvements and extra
diagnostic capabilities for Class 456 traction control software.
2005-2006: development of reliability improvements and extra
diagnostic capabilities for Class 319 traction control software.
2003-2004: development of improved diagnostic software for
1980s/1990s GEC/Alstom traction equipment.
2000-2002: continuing development of camshaft control system for d.c.
trains, including application to UK Class 442 e.m.u. and fitment to train
442409 (photo available).
1998-1999: final design of hardware and software for refurbished
camshaft control system for d.c. trains, including commissioning in
Melbourne, Australia (photo available).
1997-1998: design and supervision of design of items to allow the
Traction and Auxiliary Convertor equipment of Alstom's Juniper train to more
easily obtain its Vehicle Safety Case.
1997: design of PWM Encoder Unit - a self-contained unit to read the
position of the driver's Master Controller, or the demand level from an
Automatic Train Operation system, and transmit this Tractive Effort demand
information as a PWM signal down a pair of train lines:
standardised design - used on many different contracts, using Lattice
EPLD for control logic;
fully compliant with new BS EN 50155:1996 requirements
used on contracts such as Arlanda Airport Express (photo
design of new propulsion control electronics for refurbishment of Kowloon
Canton Railway (Hong Kong) vehicles (photo
available), with the following features:
functionally identical to equipment provided some 15 years earlier, for
single PCB, compared to original rack-based system, giving large cost
use of more modern components and techniques, for example to eliminate
actual reliability figures for 60 units as at August 1999: 2.5 million
km between failures
1992-1994: design of hardware for Train Management System for Seoul
Subway Lines 4, 7 & 8 in South Korea:
design of two Actel Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices as
peripherals for ARM610-based microprocessor PCB;
design of Actel FPGA device as the peripheral controller for Input and
Output Interface PCBs based on the Manchester Metrolink design but
adapted for the new bus;
three visits totalling two months were made to South Korea to assist
with commissioning trials.
1989-1991: design of Programmable Logic Controller for Manchester
Metrolink Light Rail Vehicles:
hardware design of Input and Output Interface PCBs interfacing
proprietary 8086-based bus system to the electrically noisy vehicle
software design of the Application Programme, including Fault Logging
and Reporting (written in PL/M and 8086 Assembly Language).
- 1980-1989: Design Engineer, GEC Industrial Controls Ltd., Rugby,
- 1976-1980: Student Apprentice, GEC Industrial Controls Ltd., Kidsgrove,
Areas of expertise
Analogue control system design.
Digital logic design, including:
- 4000 series, 74HC series etc. logic families;
- complex Programmable Logic Devices such as Actel, Lattice & Xilinx.
Interfacing with electrically noisy equipment:
- RIA, IEC and EN standards;
- EMC requirements.
- Microprocessor system design, including:
- 8086, 8051, 8096/80C196 and ARM family devices;
- dedicated peripheral device design.
- Software programming, including:
- Assembly language for 8086, 8051, 8096/80C196 and ARM family devices;
- Basic, PL/M, C, C++, C#, PHP.
- 1980: Bachelor of Technology 2.2 (Hons) Electrical & Electronic
Engineering (‘Thin sandwich’ course with industrial training at GEC Industrial
Controls at Kidsgrove)
- 1976-1980: University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK
- 1976: 4 'A'-levels:
- Grade A: Mathematics.
- Grade B: Further Mathematics, Physics.
- Grade C: General Studies.
- 1973/4: 8 'O'-levels:
- Grade 1: Mathematics, Physics.
- Grade 3: Chemistry, Additional Mathematics, English, French, Latin,
- 1969-1976: Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall, West Midlands, UK.
- 1990: Member of Institution of Electrical Engineers
- 1990: Chartered Engineer
- Advanced knowledge of DOS and Windows.
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Good knowledge of HTML and CSS.
- Familiar with UNIX.
Interests and Hobbies
- Preservation and restoration of AC Electric Locomotives (active member of
The AC Locomotive Group)
- Railways in the UK and Europe:
- Travelling by Train;
- Locomotives and rolling stock;
- Study of closed railway routes;
- Signalling systems;
- Safety and Accidents.
- Listening to Classical Music.
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