Project details

Stuttgart railway junction, Germany

Train overpass
Tunnel construction
Ariel shot of railway
Ariel view of rail line construction

Going digital with EPLASS CDE

Throughout 2014 and 2015  DB Projekt Stuttgart – Ulm GmbH decided to take the next step on their journey to digitalisation by digitising their entire drawing management process using EPLASS CDE. Their old paper-based system has now been replaced with a streamlined, automated process. This switch to digital took place during normal planning and working, and was prepared over several months by a team of DB PSU employees as well as experts from DB International, THOST Projektmanagement and EPLASS CDE.

All planning approval sections of the project defined its own, tailor-made workflows for the checking processes, which were subsequently then implemented in EPLASS CDE. These digital workflows now control the highly complex inspection processes fully automatically.

Via the DOWEBA interface to the Federal Railway Authority included in the EPLASS CDE software, planning documents are now transferred to the EBA with a qualified digital signature.


Reorganisation of the Stuttgart railway junction

This transport and urban development project aims to create three new passenger stations and 57 km of new lines. Of these, almost one third will be for the new high-speed line to Ulm. The existing terminal station will be converted into a through-station and connected in all directions with a rail ring. With shorter journey times, more direct connections and capacity for more trains, the project will create a future-oriented rail system.

Railway, federal government, state, city and region are participating in this major project together with the EU and the airport.

The new (NBS) Wendlingen-Ulm rail line

Together with Stuttgart 21, the infrastructure designed for 250 km/h creates the basis for a more attractive travel times throughout Baden-Würrtemberg, Germany and Europe. The Filder area, with the airport and state fair, will also be ideally accessible by rail. Half of the 60 km long route leads through nine tunnels and follows the parallel A8. Around 40 railway and road overpasses will be built, including the two outstanding bridges over the Neckar, near Wendlingen, and over the Filstal near Mühlhausen im Täle. The construction of the new Wendlingen-Ulm line is a project of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan (Bundesverkehrswegeplan), co-financed by the EU.

 "What we like very much about the EPLASS CDE system in terms of operation is the logical and comprehensible interface as well as the possibility of individually calling up and thus also being able to control every piece of information stored via own filters. EPLASS's advice and participation was always professional, motivated and highly focused". 
Dr. Florian Bitzer Head of Technical Services (I.GT(T))
 "EPLASS was helping us to optimise the coordination of the planning and to fasten the approvals. It was definitely a key to master all the complex challenges of an inner-city grand project." 
Michael Ditandy Team leader Los 2b - HP Feuerbach


The EPLASS CDE integrated checking options (via redlining) and the omission of the postal route have significantly reduced the checking times with it comes to drawing documents for these important upgrades. The possibilities of deadline management according to individual inspection periods and milestones guarantee reliable information about the planning status for the planning managers and the deadline controllers as well as special reports for the management.

Facts & figures

7.7 billion total project cost
57 km Stuttgart rail length
59.6 km Wendlingen-Ulm rail length

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