The CDE will enable the use of a building information management (BIM) system on the project.

The contract includes software development, implementation and maintenance along with training. The funding for the contract has been allocated from RB Rail’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget.

Bentley will supply licensing, support and maintenance of the system. It is estimated that at the peak of construction, there will be up to 370 users on the system daily, exchanging and updating the technical project documentation including design models, drawings and other technical information. The system will meet the highest cyber security standards to ensure the secure and fast exchange of technical documentation and information.

“The digital Rail Baltica is as important as its physical infrastructure,” says RB Rail CEO, Mr Timo Riihimäki. “Using BIM in a complex rail project such as Rail Baltica will help ensure effective collaboration between people, processes and technology, helping to minimise rework, delays and unexpected costs. During the operational phase of Rail Baltica, BIM will provide all the necessary information to the maintenance companies and infrastructure manager to ensure uninterrupted, safe and cost-effective operations.”

Five companies submitted bids for the tender: Bentley Systems International, Civilpoint, a Graitec - Sudop Brno partnership, Asite Solutions, and a DCS Finland and Pirkanmaan Mittauspalvelu partnership. Bentley submitted the most economical bid.