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CFL sets sights on integrated rail network digital twin

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Luxembourg national rail company CFL has become the first company in the country to achieve ISO 19650 certification, paving the way for the firm to develop an integrated digital twin of the entire rail network.

The certification recognises the firm’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) expertise and CFL hailed the BIM approach to construction planning as an archetype for future growth. The firm has made BIM a standard work process for new construction projects in recent years and expects it to become even more integral going forward.

“By obtaining this certification, we anchor our qualitative and standardised approach to the exchange of information between the stakeholders associated with the project. This coordination is crucial for the success of a project carried out using BIM”, Gilles Pignon, Head of the Building Information Modelling Division within the Infrastructure Projects Department at CFL, said.

CFL predicts that greater use of BIM will allow simplification of construction project processes and the creation of a wide variety of 3D digital twin assets, representing all the diverse components of the national rail network.

Relying on laser scanners and 3D modelling software, CFL has already implemented BIM in the development of the Pulvermühle viaduct, the passenger buildings of Luxembourg and Rodange stations, and the new P+R of Mersch. The first building entirely designed and built using the BIM method in Luxembourg was the Wasserbillig in 2021

“BIM leads to a new paradigm by introducing real-time understanding of the consequences of the choices made when designing a building, for example,” says Marc Wengler, CEO of CFL

The firm has targeted the completion of an integrated digital twin of the entire Luxembourg rail network and its buildings by 2035.

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Author: Malcolm Ramsay

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