Foster international collaboration and sustainability solutions – Lessons learned from international high-speed rail projects


Sofia Nyholm


High Speed Rail Technology is globalized, but it is not unique and must be adapted to the country it is being built in. Two Authority and Program teams, one in California and one in Sweden, are responsible for the next step in their countries transport history: introducing sustainable High Speed Rail to the transport system. During an international transfer from Sweden to California, knowledge was shared and bridges of collaboration were built between the two countries and teams. This is a story about the lessons learned. Transportation development and project management is in many ways facing the same challenges around the world. The largest differences are a result of our history, demography and geography. By using agile methods for collaboration, knowledge and experiences can be shared efficiently. With respect to dissimilarities, the two teams can share top class knowledge about technical features, how to make a rail system attractive, and approaches to maximizing reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaker Biography

Sofia has a master's degree in Environmental Risk Analysis and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Management. She has several years’ experience of working with sustainable development as a project manager in an international environment.

Sofia has worked at WSP since 2014, mainly with assignments in infrastructure projects, and as a technical expert in the fields of sustainability management and international collaboration. Completed assignments have been conducted on behalf of both the private and public sectors.

Before she started her career at WSP she worked at the Swedish Transport Administration as an environmental and sustainability planner. She made complex analyses and studies for reducing the environmental impact of railways and roads through the planning process.

Talent Triangle

Technical project management