Idox and Catenda power digital modelling for France’s €3.8bn railway project

SNCF, France’s national railway, has extended its use of Idox’s FusionLive to support a Building Information Modelling (BIM) strategy on the country’s largest construction project – EOLE (East-West Express).

As the commitment to digitise the French construction industry gains momentum, SNCF is making BIM mandatory on its projects and has implemented FusionLive BIM functionality – an integration between the cloud-based document management solution (DMS) and the collaboration platform Bimsync by Catenda – on EOLE.

The €3.8 billion scheme, intended to extend the RER E west of Paris, comprises multiple sub-projects, including additional train stations, a central building to coordinate transportation, bridges and new and refurbished railways – making the transition to a BIM-compliant DMS essential. With such functionality deployed, the team will be able to drive further efficiencies, while enhancing profitability and information sharing.

The system expansion sees SNCF build on its eleven-year relationship with Opidis, with FusionLive already instrumental in enabling its 300 partner companies to work collaboratively, granting access to 1,500 active users a day.

Xavier Gruz EOLE-Nexteo Project Director at SNCF said “After evaluating the market, we extended the use of FusionLive to support our expanding BIM strategy. It was the only solution that met our needs, allowing us to benefit from the combined experience of a strong cloud document management solution in FusionLive, and a specific BIM solution with Bimsync by Catenda. As a result, we’ll be able to receive BIM 3D models from all our vendors, saving significant time and money.”

Steven Bruce, Product Director at Idox said: “We’re delighted the SNCF team have extended their relationship with us, maximising the new capabilities available through the FusionLive and Bimsync by Catenda integration. As BIM models uploaded to FusionLive are automatically available in the Bimsync portal, users can visualise, review, merge and resolve issues – simplifying access and collaboration, and removing the need to manually upload the model to multiple information silos.”

Idox is dedicated to accelerating engineering capital projects for EPCs and Owner Operators. To find out more about BIM and FusionLive, or the SNCF contract, email

Published on: 8 January 2019

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