The first phase of High Speed Two (HS2) railway under development in the United Kingdom will run 200 kilometers between London and Handsacre in the West Midlands at a design speed of 400 kilometers per hour (kph). The most complex portion of the project occurs at the Delta Junction in Birmingham, where the main line coexists with branches to Birmingham and Leeds. The design requirement at this junction includes full speed movement of trains in every direction every three minutes as well as a rail turnout allowing speeds of 230 kph. Ineco assigned distributed working groups to complete this GBP 350 million project.
Engineering and design of the Delta Junction relied on Power Rail Track, which provided the required versatility to design sections with walls and platform junctions in order to achieve the optimal model for the rail junction. The preliminary design also sustained the protected areas along the 200 kilometer corridor. The smooth slopes applied in fills and cuts will make it possible to reestablish agricultural use once construction is complete. ProjectWise provided document management and collaboration capabilities ensuring efficient transfer of information between Ineco’s four working groups and HS2.
The combination of Power Rail Track, ProjectWise, and MicroStation reduced the resources used in the project by 30%. For some tasks, Ineco noted that just one person was able to do the work that previously had required a large staff to complete using other tools. Power Rail Track ensured that all team members – at offices in London, Wales, Madrid, and Seville – worked with the same standards as required by the owner, HS2.
Power Rail Track’s comprehensive 3D rail design capabilities enable users to optimize horizontal and vertical track geometry to reduce project costs. Comprehensive functionality with built-in design checks promoted adherence to project standards. ProjectWise maintained document standards across distributed teams and included delta file transfer capabilities to significantly reduce the time required to share information.