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BIM in SNCFR Digital Transformation: Engineering, Integration, and Operation

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    Building information modeling (BIM) is part of a broader dynamic of digital transformation of railway systems operation. Therefore, BIM implementation goes further than intelligent modeling. Railway systems requirements are shaping BIM goals. Railway systems are made of multiples subsystems, managed using various technologies. Information flows between different tools, and their traceability and validation are critical for railway systems integration. SNCF set up a different initiative. The Minerve project is funded by French authorities, and launched with the main French railway players. Its aim is to enable BIM requirements for railway subdomains. SNCF participates in the IFC Rail project for interoperability between subdomain for systems integration. SNCF is working on overall railway systems architecture to specify required railway’s function and information flow for systems integration both in its geometric and functional dimension.

    Key Learnings

    • Learn about the importance of railway requirements management in BIM use cases.
    • Learn about the role of data and interoperability for rail systems integration.
    • Become aware of the importance of the place of data transfer in relation to geometry and CAD.
    • Better understand railway challenges for BIM software.