Railway engineering

Create end-to-end workflows for your entire rail system.

Highway and tunnel in the Alps, Austria

Enhanced efficiency in every mile

Railways form and facilitate a central network for accessing education, healthcare, and employment. However, it takes holistic planning and the right tools to maximize value. Autodesk rail solutions provide an end-to-end workflow for the entire railway structure, from project planning to station operations. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and cloud-based workflows offer complete toolsets that connect multi-disciplinary teams, workflows, and data.

Rail and transit solutions

Maximize resources with digital project delivery

Connect people, data, and processes across the project lifecycle in a cloud-based, common data environment. Expand beyond the office; work together anytime, anywhere. With transparent workflows, you can reduce distractions and errors, and increase capacity. And with a centralized source of truth, you can eliminate siloes, improve access to data, generate insights, and enjoy a comprehensive project view.


Accelerate productivity with BIM for civil

BIM transforms your rail design workflow and delivery time. With BIM, you can maximize digitalization,  manage project complexity, and improve collaboration across teams from design to handover. It also helps you generate insights that empower sound, real-time decision-making. By combining and accessing accurate data from multiple teams into a single source of truth, BIM enhances workflows across all project phases.


Why Autodesk tools for rail design

Reduce overall design time

BIM simplifies the delivery of models and data across teams and project phases. Improve design quality to reduce the time it takes to design every element of a transit system.

Enhance data handover

Having access to the same data and designs makes it quicker and easier to coordinate across all domains, stakeholders, and project phases.

Improve Collaboration

Give teams the tools they need to efficiently collaborate from across disciplines and time zones. Create, visualize, automate, and instantly modify designs with the most up-to-date models.

Manage project complexity

Allow teams to seamlessly communicate, collaborate with the same data, minimize rework, and meet complex project requirements.

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Autodesk products for the rail industry

Powerful BIM and CAD tools for designers, engineers, and contractors, including Revit, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Autodesk Forma, and more


Cloud-based design co-authoring, collaboration, and coordination software for architecture, engineering, and construction teams. “Pro” enables anytime, anywhere collaboration in Revit, Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Plant 3D.


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Civil engineering design and construction documentation


Reality capture and 3D scanning software and services


Plan, design, construct, and manage buildings with powerful tools for Building Information Modeling.


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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is railway engineering?

Railway engineering is an engineering discipline relating to the design, construction, and operation of rail transport systems. It includes many engineering disciplines such as civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. In relation to the civil engineering industry, railway engineering involves the geometric design, construction, and operation of the railway alignment and track structure.

What are the benefits of railway engineering software?

Railway engineering software aids in designing the precise and accurate geometric details of the rail corridor and evaluating the impacts of new or revised railway alignments on the existing terrain. Engineering software helps engineers create dynamic and intelligent models. It helps engineers and contractors reduce errors and rework during construction while mitigating risk. The tools and features in the software help improve design quality, efficiently communicate design intent, and facilitate communication between project stakeholders.

Who uses rail engineering software?

Owners, surveyors, and planners use rail engineering software to determine existing conditions, establish rail alignment layouts and dimensions, and evaluate maintenance operations and expansion needs and alternatives. Engineering service providers and general contractors also use engineering software to determine efficient design solutions and construction details for implementing the design intent for rail infrastructure.

What Autodesk software is used in railway engineering?

The AEC Collection and the Autodesk Construction Cloud are excellent offerings for railway projects. The platforms within the AEC collection help ESPs and owners review, design, and maintain the railway corridors and systems features in all the lifecycle phases (plan, design, build, operate). The AEC Collection provides tools and features to create detailed design models, and the Autodesk Construction Cloud acts as the central storage location for design files, project criteria, and corridor models. The Construction Cloud also accommodates design review cycles, comment and issue tracking, and critical project-related communication between team members and stakeholders during the project lifecycle.

Does Autodesk software support 3D modeling and visualization for rail design?

Yes. Civil 3D, Revit, InfraWorks, and several other design platforms allow designers and owners to create and view detailed project models in 3D. These models can combine all related disciplines together to review the model for potential conflicts prior to construction and to determine how the model will function once completed. The tools available help improve interdisciplinary coordination and avoid errors and rework during construction.

Why is digital project delivery important in rail and transit solutions?

Digital project delivery allows the stakeholders, owners, and designers to create a compete digital model of the rail assets. This model can be used for information purposes with all necessary metadata included. The model acts as the basis for the construction plans and can be included as a reference during design review cycles. This information can also be published to ArcGIS (US Site) as reference models and documents for infrastructure maintenance and for future projects.

 

Digital project delivery (US Site) allows all the stakeholders to be connected during the entire lifecycle of the project. This accommodates better communication in review cycles and better implementation of design intent.

How is AI used in railway design?

Autodesk is looking for ways to implement AI in the railway design process. One critical area is to make the design automation processes easier and more efficient. Dynamo for Civil 3D (US Site) and Revit allow engineers and architects to run routines much faster and with greater accuracy. AI will help make these processes even more efficient to reduce design time and improve overall efficiency.

What trends are shaping the rail and transit industry?

Many trends that are shaping the rail industry include the move to BIM, creating more intelligent and efficient models. Many owners are trying to digitize their entire rail network. The geometric details and metadata contained within the digital model help evaluate asset conditions and improve asset maintenance. As construction is completed and details are provided about the exact location of specific details, as-built drawings and details can be published to GIS (US Site) for future use and reference. Many owners are moving to implement these processes to improve the quality of their asset maintenance and communication of asset details to project stakeholders.

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