Aecom to develop BIM strategy for Baltic railway network project

Aecom has been selected to develop the detailed BIM strategy for the Rail Baltica project, one of the biggest transport projects in Europe, which will integrate the Baltic states into the current European railway network.

The initiative will link Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and indirectly Finland thanks to its BIM methodology experience. Aecom will take advantage of the benefits of a digital approach for the design, construction and operation of the infrastructure. The plans, processes and technologies will be detailed from a BIM point of view.

As part of the strategy, the team will detail the BIM delivery workflows and standardise the content of the information to create a Common Data Environment, as well as a BIM data-driven methodology for the life-cycle of the project’s infrastructure. Aecom will also prepare an education and training plan for the project’s administration and local production chain.

David Philp, global BIM/IM consultancy director at Aecom, said: “Aecom has pooled together its global BIM, rail and digital expertise with teams from Spain, the UK and Latvia working collaboratively to deliver this important project.

“Our BIM teams support both internal and external clients with our world-class expertise not only across geographies but also across sectors. On this particular rail scheme, we have brought some of our learning from major projects such as the SGP Paris Metro in France, as well as Crossrail and Scottish Futures Trust in the UK.”

Construction of the completed project is scheduled for 2026. In May the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, Ministry of Transportation of Latvia and Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Lithuania approved the design guidelines for Rail Baltica, the common design standard mandatory for design, construction and operation of the Rail Baltica infrastructure.

The design guidelines manual was prepared by the French company SYSTRA S.A., a consulting and engineering group which previously awarded the task of developing unified design guidelines for the Rail Baltica Global Project.

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