Rail Baltica Signs Agreement with Esri to Integrate GIS Software

The Rail Baltica joint venture, RB Rail has signed an enterprise agreement with location intelligence software provider, Esri to integrate geographic information system (GIS) software across its projects.

This will help engineers to plan, construct and manage maintenance tasks along the 870-kilometre network that will cross Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Rail Baltica collaborates with Esri to build sustainable rail infrastructure in EU
Rail Baltica collaborates with Esri to build sustainable rail infrastructure in EU

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 also serve as a foundation for implementing a digital twin, providing a virtual model of the railway’s entire operational infrastructure. This will enable railway personnel to make necessary adjustments in near real-time and plan routes to be more environmentally friendly.

Raitis Bušmanis, Head of RB Rail’s virtual design and construction department, said:

“As the Rail Baltica project progresses, the amount of data that needs 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.

“GIS technology 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.

“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 more efficient and cost-effective.

“Good quality and structured data are key components for assuring sustainable operations of the Rail Baltica digital infrastructure, and Esri’s ArcGIS solutions can help us get there.”

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