Virtual models optimise HS2 safety

By Leila Steed18 February 2021

Centre for Modelling & Simulation using digital flood prevention tech on UK’s HS2 railway

SFMC digital HS2 image

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) in the UK has announced it is working on a range of digital engineering projects to improve safety and efficiency on the country’s HS2 railway.

Focused on the design and performance of the new high-speed railway, CFMS has created virtual models to predict reservoir breach scenarios.

The digital models are being used to verify earthworks plans for HS2, in order to optimise flood prevention.

Howard Mitchell, HS2’s head of innovation, said “Digital design and analysis tools enable us to design and build better first time, optimising efficiency and the operation of HS2.

“HS2 is working with CFMS to harness its world class modelling capability to help improve the design and performance of the project. We are working together on the optimisation of earthworks for flood prevention, schedule modelling and understanding sound waves around trains and structures, leading to significant savings and improvements across the project.”

Iain Gray, Chairman of the Centre for Modelling & Simulation Iain Gray, Chairman of the Centre for Modelling & Simulation

Bristol-based CFMS said its work on HS2 demonstrates how digital engineering can also improve projects in the infrastructure, energy and net-zero sectors.

Professor Iain Gray, chairman of CFMS, said, “Technology advances mean more industries can now benefit from tools such as complex simulation and modelling. CFMS pioneered digital engineering in aerospace and is demonstrating the benefits across a range of industries. We are excited to be helping HS2 and the rail industry to adopt these tools and gain efficiency.”

CFMS is also is carrying out projects to improve air acoustics of HS2. According to the company, future projects will provide essential data to support the development of the HS2 “virtual railway” concept.

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