London, United Kingdom
Crossrail is a cross-London rail link being developed to serve London and
southeast England. The $24.5 billion project will address London’s heavy traffic
congestion, providing modern trains to bring an additional 1.5 million people
within a 60-minute commute of key financial and leisure centers. The project
includes twin-bore 21-kilometer tunnels under central London with interchanges
to the existing rail network.
To integrate the extended design team, Crossrail implemented a customized
workflow and common CAD standards for every user. This controlled,
coordinated approach encourages design teams to share data within the
collaborative environment. The connected project teams will create a common
information model for use during design, construction, operations, and
maintenance. By reducing on-site risks resulting from missing or poor-quality
data, Crossrail expects to produce an overall cost benefit of at least 10 percent
of the contract sum.
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To overcome the size and complexity of the project, Crossrail’s integrated
project team standardized on Bentley products. All of these software
applications share a common software platform and contribute to a fully
coordinated 3D model. The distributed project team is connected across
multiple locations by the Project Wise collaboration platform to deliver
significant time and cost savings. Currently there are more than 1,300
Project Wise users involved in the project.