RB Rail selects Esri’s GIS software for project management

Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail has entered into a corporate agreement with Esri for the integration of Geographic Information System (GIS) software into all project units.

This decision will help engineers to better plan, build and manage maintenance tasks for the 870 km Rail Baltica line which will integrate the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania into the European rail network.

Esri’s ArcGIS software will serve as the connection hub. It will store and process asset data in a unified spatial database.

In addition, the system will contribute to the implementation of the Rail Baltica digital twin, a virtual model of the entire operational infrastructure of the railway.

The geographical approach offered by the new GIS system will allow railway personnel to make the necessary adjustments in near real time, as well as to plan routes with the least environmental impact.

Raitis Bušmanis, Head of Virtual Design and Construction Department at RB Rail, said: “GIS technology is universal and allows integration of various data formats and easy sharing of information with project partners, e.g. , to review design data, monitor construction progress, track deadlines, and manage and maintain asset records.

“We believe that collecting design and construction data during these stages will have a huge benefit during the operation and maintenance phases, making them more efficient and cost-effective.”

In June this year, RB Rail announced a public contract for the design and construction of the Rail Baltica energy subsystem for the complete Rail Baltica line.

The energy subsystem will be installed in a consolidated manner from Tallinn to the border between Lithuania and Poland and from Kaunas to Vilnius.

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