BIM - dreams of the future or reality? DB Netz AG as an innovator

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a process in which an intelligent 3D model of the construction project is first created using BIM software. This 3D model enables the coordination and simulation of processes and construction phases throughout the entire life cycle of a project - from planning and design to construction, ongoing operation and maintenance.

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DB Netz AG has realized a BIM-Lab of over 600 sqm at the Karlsruhe site with DEKOM. In order to be able to work with the BIM method for the major project "Expansion of the Karlsruhe-Basel line section", this BIM Lab was planned, built and equipped with the help of DEKOM.

»For me, BIM is another big step toward digitizing our working world: the targeted communication of all project participants to a model accelerates workflows and reduces interfaces." Stefan Fehringer, DB Netz AG, work area manager StA 8 ABS, major project Karlsruhe-Basel.«

Stefan Fehringer, DB Netz AG, work area manager StA 8 ABS, major project Karlsruhe-Basel.

DB Netz AG is a pioneer in the application of BIM working methods for major projects in Europe. At the Karlsruhe site, a customized concept was implemented in the form of the BIM Lab, which optimally supports collaboration between project participants and digital work processes. Flexible workstations as well as meeting and creative rooms were realized on 600 square meters of space, which are divided into two areas: concrete content and models are created in the project area, while in the meeting and presentation area the specialist models are coordinated and presented and discussed as overall models.

With StA 8 Ausbaustrecke (ABS), a complete section of the line was planned and realized exclusively using the BIM method for the first time. In StA 8 ABS, the existing Rhine Valley railroad between Teningen and Buggingen is upgraded and expanded. The double-track section is around 45 kilometers long, includes 14 traffic stations and 112 road and rail overpasses. In StA 8 ABS, the use of BIM was evaluated in early service phases, starting with the basic investigation and inventory.

In the process, massive survey data was produced, modeled, and merged into an overall model with all information from various sources and qualities, including all referenced documents. Thanks to a highly automated, quality-assured and intelligent workflow, the overall model can be used for the further planning phases without any loss of information.