by Jan Nowak
According to a special report published in 2016 by the European Court of Auditors Rail freight transportin the EU: still not on the right track, the sector's share of the total inland cargo traffic in the EU went down from 19.7% in 2000 to 17.8% in 2013, despite enormous money allocated to various rail promoting projects (€28b in 2007-2013).
The industry, therefore, needs to come up with some innovative solutions to reverse this pitting trend.
The EU Horizon 2020-backed INTERMODEL project (www.intermodeleu. eu) intends to incorporate the Building Information Modelling (BIM) methodology into the process of designing and operating multipurpose rail cargo terminals - so that the end investment can be as well-thought-out as possible to benefit the economy, environment, and society alike.
The nearly €3.0m-worth INTERMODEL project kicked off on 1 September 2016, scheduled for completion on 31 August 2019.Download PDF