Optimizing Large-scale Transportation Infrastructure Projects Using Building Information Modelling

New bridges are large investment projects that have long-term significance. In Montréal area, such a project is underway in the form of the new Champlain Bridge. Use of traditional design, scheduling, and process management methods is expected in this project. Whereas such an approach has major drawbacks/limitations: scarce resources in current economy; lack of assurance of long-life design; missing the detailed analysis of the effects on environment; lack of automatic structural design changes in response to other decisions; and only limited capabilities to visualize and adapt the design, processes, and flows of the project. Recent advances in Building Information Modelling (BIM) provide robust, consistent, and complete answers to these issues. In this paper we develop a BIM based model for the new Champlain bridge project. The proposed model is a 5D model that includes 3D visualization, scheduling, estimation, and facility management. We analyse 12 different design scenarios proposed by Infrastructure Canada for this project and demonstrate the efficiency of BIM against the traditional approaches. To our knowledge this is the first time that BIM has been used in Canada for a large-scale bridge project.


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  • Media Type: Web
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  • Monograph Title: Canadian Transportation Research Forum 50th Annual Conference - Another 50 Years: Where to From Here?//Un autre 50 ans : qu'en est-il à partir de maintenant? Montreal, Quebec, May 24-26, 2015

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  • Accession Number: 01605046
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2016 5:05PM