Infrastructure, Energy & MaterialsOctober 12, 2021

A fruitful collaboration helps expand China’s railways

The following article is excerpted from Infrastructure Lifecycle Management Through Virtual Twins, a…
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The following article is excerpted from Infrastructure Lifecycle Management Through Virtual Twins, a whitepaper developed by Dassault Systèmes. To read more and learn more about the business story behind China Railway Design Corporation, download the full whitepaper here.

China Railway Design Corporation: A Fruitful Collaboration


China’s rail industry is experiencing considerable growth, driven by a soaring economy with rising demands for fast transportation from China’s population. China Railway Design Corporation (CRDC) is competing for leadership in this growing market. It is one of China’s top railway design companies, and the only integrated Class A survey and design institute affiliated with China Railway Corporation, owner of China’s national railway. Class A certification means CRDC meets very specific levels of engineering capabilities and also requires providing software support.


Since 2015, CRDC has been leveraging Dassault Systemes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform for its large-scale railway projects, including CATIA for the design of subgrade, bridges, tunnels, electrical systems and all railway-related components. Dastech, a Dassault Systèmes business partner, implemented the 3DEXPERIENCE platform at CRDC and provided training and on-site support. CRDC leverages the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s specific industry applications tailored for civil engineering design, steel structure, electrical systems, and water drainage, all needed by the rail industry.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform ensures digital continuity because all applications are integrated.


CRDC and Dassault Systèmes are working together to implement global railway standards based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. They signed a partnership agreement, in which CRDC will provide technical requirements so that Dassault Systèmes can adapt its applications for the specific needs of the railway industry. Already, some of the BIM standards developed by the China Railway company and destined for use by the railway industry have been incorporated into the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Excerpted from Infrastructure Lifecycle Management Through Virtual Twins, a Dassault Systèmes whitepaper. Download to learn more.

This white paper is presenting industry trends in Construction, Cities & Territories covering infrastructure lifecycle management through virtual twin. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is currently taking over the traditional methods for infrastructure developments, operation and maintenance. Using BIM and virtual twin allow collection, analysis, and aggregation of data and enhances collaboration between different stakeholders, from design to operation and maintenance.

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