BIM for Bridges and Structures Case Study: Outcomes and Lessons Learned from the Steel Bridge Industry

The recent push to adopt building information modeling (BIM) for bridges and structures in the transportation industry has encountered major barriers due to the lack of standardization. Unlike the building industry that has the U.S. National BIM (NBIMS) standard as a formal standard and guide for the development of interoperable BIM software, the transportation industry does not currently have a similar standard to enable the creation of interoperable BIM software to serve the needs of transportation stakeholders. The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of the research that developed the one of the first use cases of adopting the National BIM standard for the transportation industry. A subcommittee of the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) Steel Bridge Collaboration was formed to conduct a pilot study in the creation of information delivery manuals (IDM) for steel bridges. This study serves as pilot for the development of future IDMs in the transportation industry. As a result, the current “IDM for Steel Bridge Detailing and Fabrication” serves as the starting point of the TPF-5(372) BIM for Bridges and Structures development of the Design to Fabrication Model View Definition (MVD). Finally, this study provides the outcomes and recommendations needed to expediate the development of IDMs for other use cases in the bridge and transportation industry.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p

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  • Accession Number: 01763489
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-03380
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:02AM