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Spanish rail engineering to become more efficient

Spanish manager of rail infrastructure Adif has developed a new working methodology for engineering works using digital technologies. This should make the engineering phase of a railway project shorter and more efficient.

The methodology is called Building Information Modelling (BIM), and the company has tendered an implementation contract for a total budget of 5.9 million Euros. The three-year contract ensures training of technical staff to develop the methodology and to asses projects through specialist software.


In addition, Adif will change contract specifications for civil works and carry out follow-up assessments of running projects. The company wants to change its strategic approach to engineering and upgrade works to achieve operational excellence.

With the BIM methodology, Adif establishes an information-only network, minimising mistakes due to misinformation. It cuts project timeframes in the design phase and minimises unforecastable problems and budget slippage. Productivity increases and financial control on civil works and life cycle of the works and infrastructures is also improved, the company explained.


Author: Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez is RailFreight's correspondent in Spain.

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