Esri cohorts with RB Rail AS to build sustainable rail infrastructure in EU

Raitis Bušmanis, Head of the Virtual Design and Construction department at RB Rail AS

The 870kms of Rail Baltica are divided into several sections across each of the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. An ongoing electric rail infrastructure project in the region, Rail Baltica’s purpose is to provide sustainable passenger and freight service between participating countries and improve rail connections between central and northern Europe.

How integral is Esri’s technology in the project?

To help engineers plan, construct, and manage maintenance tasks to make improvements, RB Rail AS and Esri, the global location intelligence firm, have signed an enterprise agreement to integrate geographic information system (GIS) software across all project units.

Esri’s ArcGIS software will be used as a connection hub, and all asset data will be stored and handled in a unified spatial database. The system will serve as a foundation for implementing the Rail Baltica digital twin, a virtual model of the railway’s entire operational infrastructure.

The holistic geographic approach that the GIS system will bring also allows railway personnel to make the adjustments in real time and plan routes to be less environmentally impactful.

What were the executives’ thoughts on the project?

“As the project progresses, the amount of data to be managed grows significantly, as do the needs of its GIS users, so the Esri Enterprise Agreement was a natural choice to ensure strengthening the capabilities of GIS in the Rail Baltica project,” said Raitis Bušmanis, Head of the Virtual Design and Construction department at RB Rail AS, the Rail Baltica joint venture.

“GIS tech is universal and allows integration of various data formats and easy sharing of information with project partners—for example, to review design data, monitor construction progress, track deadlines, and manage and maintain asset registers,” continued Bušmanis.

“We believe that collecting the design and construction data during those stages will have a huge benefit during the operations and maintenance phases, making them efficient and cost-effective. Good quality and structured data is key for assuring sustainable operations of the Rail Baltica digital infrastructure, and Esri’s ArcGIS solutions can help us get there.”

“We are proud to sign this agreement with RB Rail AS, representing the application of GIS across its enterprise as the foundation of a system of systems,” commented Ian Koeppel, Esri’s international business development lead for transportation markets in Europe.

“Enabling these large international projects to create location-intelligent digital twins is a big step toward building a sustainable European infrastructure network,” Koeppel further said.

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