After working for Atkins in England for 15 years, Graham Stroud, chartered engineer (CEng), has transferred to Atkins’ North American transit and rail practice as project director of asset management services.

In his new role, Stroud will advise asset-intensive transit agencies and administrations on sustainable and effective approaches for asset management. He previously led infrastructure asset management for Atkins’ rail business in the United Kingdom and is one of the founding members of SAMNet (Strategic Asset Management Network), Atkins’ global resource network for asset management professionals.

“Organisations are recognizing that economic constraints, growing demands on performance, and emerging legislation require improved asset management strategies,” said Stroud.

During his 30 years in the transit industry, Stroud has developed rail signaling, systems engineering, and asset management programs on three continents. He has played a pivotal role in rail projects for clients such as Docklands Light Railway, London Underground, and Network Rail in the United Kingdom; Dubai Roads and Transport Authority in the United Arab Emirates; and New York City Transit Authority in the United States.

Stroud has helped clients develop asset management frameworks, processes, and prioritized plans; and has performed organizational assessments and gap analyses in conformance with recognized asset management standards—including the current PAS 55 standard in the U.K. and the upcoming ISO 55000 standard, an international standard slated for release in February 2014.

“Graham’s extensive knowledge and vast experience in transit and rail will expand the quality of work we bring to our clients,” said Larry Boatman, Atkins’ principal project director for transportation management. “We’re excited to have him join our North American practice.”

In addition to his CEng designation, Stroud is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and a Member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (MIRSE). He completed his Master of Science degree in rail systems engineering at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. Stroud works out of Atkins’ Edison, New Jersey office