Train builder Alstom Transport has revealed plans to consolidate on a single project lifecycle management (PLM) system for 3500 users worldwide.
The company, which holds rolling stock contracts including for Melbourne's X'Strapolis suburban trains and Adelaide's Citadis trams, is standardising on version six of Dassault Systèmes' Enovia software.
The single PLM system is expected to enable employees to collaborate on projects more efficiently.
It replaces a number of PLM systems worldwide, including Siemens Teamcenter and Enovia version four.
The project has been going since at least March 2010.
"We are now faced with a new, highly competitive landscape where we need to improve our 'tender to delivery' process," Alstom Transport's chief operating officer Jean-Louis Ricaud said.
"This, compounded by the heterogeneous software solutions installed at our different manufacturing sites, made sharing information and working together rather challenging in the past."
In Australia, Alstom is expected to use the new platform to support engineering collaboration with its various suppliers and partners.
In addition to light and heavy rail rolling stock, the company also makes train control systems and signalling technology.