Railway Room



The purpose of the Railway Room is to accelerate and exploit new digital opportunities for railway systems and create a comprehensive and applicable digital representation of the entire railway ecosystem that will support all phases of the lifecycle. This provides the basis of interoperable support systems, reduced complexity, secure and safe solutions and reduced costs for all stakeholders.

Steering Committee

The steering committee is led by representatives from ÖBB-Infrastruktur, SBB, Trafikverket, CRBIM, MINnD, SNCF, FTIA, and RFI.  The steering committee facilitates the project and activities of the room, including overseeing the IFC Rail workshops and online meetings of the domain groups and technical services, leading the room sessions at buildingSMART Summits, interacting with the Standards Committee and ensuring the buildingSMART Process is followed.

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Key Objectives

  • Develop interoperable support systems
  • Reduce the complexity of the rail ecosystem
  • Assure secure and safe solutions
  • Reduce project cost and delay for all partners
  • Work with buildingSMART, rail owners and operators, and other stakeholders to:
    • Extend the IFC Infrastructure Schema for the rail domain, construction and maintenance
    • Contribute to IFC Common Schema development
    • Build on international consensus
    • Take into account iterative works with complementary data and IFC deployments
    • Support early deployment and testing by making the deliverables publicly available and open

Learn More

To learn more about the Railway Room and the activities here, or contribute in the work, please contact us.


Current Project and Activities

  • The activities of the IFC Rail Project are divided into several initiatives supported by a Project Management Office and a Technical Services team. The groups are developing requirements, user cases, Information Delivery Manuals (IDM), UML models, and process maps in order to progress IFC Rail. These initiatives include:
    • Track Domain
    • Energy Domain
    • Signaling Domain
    • Telecommunication Domain
    • Technical Services
  • Common Schema project: Collaboration with the Infrastructure Room on the common schema project which crosses infrastructure domains such as rail, road, bridge and others.
  • IFC Rail Tutorial: To provide a self-contained comprehensive tutorial for education and communication with the rail industry.
  • IFC Rail Pilot: To evaluate IFC data modeling and progress to date.