WATCH – Deutsche Bahn set sights on their goal of “nationwide implementation of BIM”

Credit: Deutsche Bahn
Credit: Deutsche Bahn

Last week, we took a look at Arup and Deutsche Bahn‘s Building Information Modelling infrastructure project – Tunnel Rastatt.

This week, Deutsche Bahn have released two videos explaining their reasons behind utilising BIM, and also how it has enabled them to reap major benefits on their Tunnel Rastatt job.

In the first video posted above, the German rail company explain how BIM can be of instrumental importance in five separate lifecycle stages – Early Stage, Planning, Approval Phase, Execution and Operation.

“All in all, these things contribute to meet deadlines and cost and to increase public acceptance of the building project,” notes the visual.

The clip concludes with a superb way of defining what BIM is all about: “BIM – From the first idea to the operation of the finished building. Economical, ecological and social.”

The second new video hosted to Deutsche Bahn’s official YouTube channel is a superbly shot insight into the Tunnel Rastatt project. The tunnel is in fact one of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure‘s four pilot projects, which is utilising BIM becuase of the ministry’s recommendation for an “increased usage of digital methods such as BIM” to halt “a marked deterioration of public perception and acceptance of such projects”.

Why has BIM worked so well for the Tunnel’s team? Sascha Björn Klar, BIM Project Lead explained: “Through the use of BIM in the pilot project Tunnel Rastatt, we have already been able to increase the quality of planning considerably. Based on the existing models, we are able to simulate building processes and costs and, as a result, prevent conflicts and risks in the execution phase. By using a common information and data environment, we connect all involved parties and promote communication.

“Our previous experiences with the pilot project Rastatt are positive throughout. DB Netz AG sees BIM as an excellent approach for sustainable improvement of the project business. We are currently creating standards based on the findings we have obtained thus far. Our goal is a nationwide implementation of BIM throughout the entire life cycle of our railway infrastructure.”

Equally as positive about this trial development was Thomas Grundhoff, Project Team Lead. Explaining what the team can achieve with BIM, he said: “The consequent implementation of BIM in the execution phase allows for up-to-date recording of the status quo of the building project. Performance reports are made using mobile end user devices such as tablets.”

More information on the project can be found here.

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