Digital planning and construction
Building information modeling (BIM) is a collaborative method of working where all data on rail infrastructure facilities is fed into an optimized planning, construction and management process that covers the entire life cycle and is available digitally. DB Group has successfully started using BIM. DB Engineering&Consulting GmbH (DB E&C) has already successfully completed numerous BIM projects. It is currently applying the BIM method in about 100 DB Group infrastructure projects and is implementing the most modern digital technologies for data acquisition, planning and construction monitoring to this end. DB Netze Stations has been using BIM to plan and construct all of its new station projects since January 2017. DB Netze Track has successfully completed the pilot phase. The Federal Government also found that the use of the BIM method generally has no effect on financial contributions. New complex and standardizable projects will therefore be planned with BIM in the future. DB Netze Track therefore meets the requirements of the Federal Government’s tier plan. With the DB BIM strategy, the guidelines for further development and dissemination of the method were set. The long-term objective is to create a so-called digital twin of the DB Netze Track facilities, which will be used for simulating plan, construction and operating scenarios.