The digital revolution

The rail industry is on a journey towards digitalisation. To achieve its potential to become the preferred mode of travel, rail has to become more competitive in terms of reliability, performance and service models. Digital technology is a key enabler for this step change.

Over the coming months and years, digital technology will help to radically improve network capacity, asset optimisation – and much more – in rail networks across the globe. Closer to home, adopting the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) will propel major growth by assuring safe train operations, increasing efficiency of rail transport and enhancing interoperability across Europe.

Having acquired Verebus’ rail activities last year, Royal HaskoningDHV now has all four ProRail accreditations, enabling it to qualify for large, integrated projects including ERTMS initiatives. We are perfectly placed to work across the rail industry in embracing the digital revolution. 

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Peter Boom
Director Rail Asset Management
and Digitisation
Amersfoort, NL
+31 6 30 15 6885
+31 6 12 47 05 96


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Enhance your insight into digital rail and BIM

Royal HaskoningDHV and partners ProRail, SBB, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education hosted a successful webinar about BIM for Railways. A line-up of speakers commented on a range of aspects of the current and future use of BIM in railway design, construction and maintenance projects. The migration from BIM models to Rail Digital Twins was a trending topic in the webinar and the chat. 

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“We will bring your digital rail strategy to life through our unique combination of engineering know how along with our rail and transportation expertise. Our digital technologies connect all parties within the rail ecosystem, driving better efficiencies and future-proofing rail networks as they evolve.”

Peter Boom, Director Rail Asset Management and Digitisation, Royal HaskoningDHV



Going Digital Today

Our innovative digital solutions drive efficiencies, improve network performance and enhance the passenger’s experience throughout all aspects of the rail ecosystem:

 DESIGN – Our application of automated engineering and parametric design allows us to determine creative design options for our clients in shorter timeframes. Using augmented reality through HoloLens technology for example, we can provide a virtual experience of a design before it’s built, allowing for more effective stakeholder management.

BUILD – All our projects are designed and executed using BIM as standard. which helps avoid errors and reduce rework. By working together based on agreed standards and interfaces, building becomes more efficient and less expensive. We have deployed the use of digital twins in our asset management approach.

FINANCE – By applying advanced data analytics we can predict future revenues and demands, to feed into financial models, assessing variants for life cycle cost optimisation.

MAINTAIN – Asset management will be based on valuable information to examine the use and wear and tear of assets. Maintenance will be based on predictive models using digital twins, multiple sensor inputs, IoT and remote sensing technologies. Smart algorithms will deliver higher availability.

OPERATE – Digital technology will support Europe’s move to ERTMS, boost train operations and extend the performance of rail infrastructure. It is key to autonomous transport, which is already being adopted in rail in the form of driverless metros and people-movers, followed by experiments in heavy haul freight.

Using  open track software we have created a digital twin of the Dutch rail network, enabling us to simulate performance under new timetables, or changes to speed profiles and infrastructure.


Rail’s digital future

Our eyes are also on tomorrow and how digital technology will help rail operators continue to evolve and adapt in the future.

We connect the rail ecosystem through digital ways of working and new digital services. Connecting in this way will be essential in preparing for new standards such as ERTMS and can enable new offerings such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

As cities continue to expand, rail and metro operators must seek new solutions to maximise the capacity of their infrastructure and their fleet to gain more value from rail assets. Our digital solutions, augmented by a team of public transport and planning experts, complement our extensive knowledge in both the engineering and rail sectors. We enable clients to turn data into meaningful insights and action so that they can be more effective and efficient in their operations. This will in turn help resolve the capacity crunch and embed rail more effectively as part of our multimodal transport network in the future.

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Smooth Transit

Growing urbanisation is having a major impact on public transport networks around the world. As a result, our urban rail networks are becoming so crowded that train services often become unstable during peak times.

Our innovative Smooth Transit approach aims to enhance reliability and safety in two distinct ways: keeping people flowing and trains running.

Using our domain knowledge together with data science and service design, we connect the digital and physical worlds to combine people flow measurements and rail asset simulation models in order to predict accurate traffic and passenger conditions.

We transform data and insights into solutions utilising real-time and predictive controls, with the ultimate aim of keeping trains moving and creating satisfied passengers.

To find out more about our Smooth Transit approach, view our video today.

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Championing sustainability

At Royal HaskoningDHV we are always seeking to help society transition to a cleaner and more sustainable economy.

We are keen to help every stakeholder invested in the rail sector to create a more circular economy. From deployment of solar panels and gentle braking to the reuse of water, we provide innovative solutions that optimise resources and eliminate waste.

One example of this is our work with the Municipality of Delft in the Netherlands, a sustainability pioneer. Together with our partners, we have designed the first energy neutral station.

The transition to greener energy is a major priority in many markets worldwide, and we are guiding our clients to harness the opportunities in efficiency and responsibility so they can adopt more sustainable practices.

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