The innovative work by HS2 to unify – and leverage maximum value from – the vast volume of complex data underpinning the ambitious rail project will be outlined at Digital Construction Week.

HS2 Ltd is procuring and managing large amounts of disparate data to form the overarching information model of the once-in-a-generation railway.

Determined to extract maximum value from this data, it went to market last year to source a technology platform which would enable it to integrate the existing design data held in its Common Data Environment (CDE) systems – as well as project controls and health and safety information – and provide a visualisation platform to make it easy to access and navigate up-to-date, reliable information.

Users of the selected platform – GeoConnect+ – can locate and surface data about the railway systems, structures and rolling stock through a web browser and – in one click – related engineering, project control and health and safety data.

Bringing together trusted, reliable and current information in one place in this way, via a series of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), is enabling the HS2 team to identify and solve problems more quickly, speed-up decision making and better communicate important issues to stakeholders.

Its ambition is that the ‘virtual’ railway which is being developed will enable delivery of a ‘digital twin’ for use once the asset is in operation. This will ensure effective maintenance and enhance performance for users.

The GeoConnect+ platform combines the capabilities of a range of SMEs including PCSG, GroupBC and LocLab.

At Digital Construction Week, Adrian Burgess, PCSG’s Technical Director, will give an overview of the ambitious data management work which has been executed to date on the project. He will be joined by HS2’s BIM Director, Dr Sonia Zahiroddiny.

Adrian said: “The key to embracing a data –enabled future and transforming capital delivery performance…​ is not about the headline grabbing technology.

“The big difference will come from the next generation of information management systems which put the connection of data from multiple sources at the heart of its architecture and its capability.”

​Digital Construction Week is one of the highlights of the construction corporate calendar. It brings together professionals and decision makers from across the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sectors to discuss the latest developments in the industry.

Elizabeth Kavanagh, our Senior People and Change Consultant will be presenting at the event as will Mark Stodgell, from our digital team.

Mark is recognised as one of the UK’s leading advisers to the retail, residential and education sectors on property and construction information management and digital transformation.