The prototype of the prefabricated plug-in cross-cut element in the Hagerbach Test Gallery.

At the end of October, the Tunnel Digitalisation Center was officially opened in the Hagerbach Test Gallery. For the first time, it allows demonstration and simulation in a realistic environment. Around 40 guests from the construction industry, consisting of partners, clients, planners and suppliers from Switzerland, Germany and Austria, accepted the invitation to the demo center of a digital tunnel. The project is a joint initiative of SCAUT, Amberg Engineering Ltd, Siemens Ltd, Elkuch Group Ltd and HBI Haerter Ltd.

The challenge of simplifying complex processes

The Tunnel Digitalisation Center (TDC) offers the unique opportunity to experience the interaction and transformation from real to digital directly in the tunnel. New technologies and innovative concepts can be demonstrated on a scale of 1:1, which leads to a better understanding of complex processes and procedures as well as a high level of cost-efficiency.

Higher added value throughout the entire product life cycle

The focus is on cross-phase and cross-divisional system solutions that span the entire value chain and life cycle of tunnel systems – from planning with BIM and the subsequent structural work and electromechanical equipment to the operating phase and digital maintenance services. In particular, the interaction between different partners will be demonstrated using shared use cases and presented live on site.

Large amounts of data efficiently processed on-site – that's the underground data centre.

Benefit from digitalisation

In addition to reducing complexity, the Tunnel Digitalisation Center focuses on saving time, optimising efficiency and increasing productivity. This goal is achieved with standardised, efficient engineering and a high degree of automation. As a result, tunnels can be put into operation earlier thanks to virtual commissioning, training and simulations. The high level of safety and optimised maintenance also enable the tunnel to be operated sustainably and permanently.

The "Tunnel Digitalisation Center" project was initiated by the Swiss Center of Applied Underground Technologies (SCAUT). The companies Amberg Engineering Ltd with its expertise in infrastructure construction, Siemens Ltd for automation, Elkuch Group Ltd as the expert for door systems and HBI Haerter Ltd for tunnel ventilation simulations were won as industrial partners.

Convince yourself of the added value of digital system solutions and the interaction with the real tunnel environment and visit our Tunnel Digitalisation Center in the Hagerbach Test Gallery.

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