Accelerating the Design and Delivery of Bridges with 3D Bridge Information Modeling: Pilot Study of 3D-Centric Modeling Processes for Integrated Design and Construction of Highway Bridges

This Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) project develops and tests a 3D-centric model for an integrated design and construction process for highway bridges. An integrated design of the 3D-centric model was developed and issues with the proposed 3D-centric approach were identified. The work involved building parameter dictionaries for typical medium-span highway bridges, specifying and refining data flow for a completed integrated design, presenting a software demonstration illustrating parameter-driven 3D-centric bridge structure design, and identifying technical and coordination issues. The work also involved detailing of steel plate girders and prestressed precast concrete girders, strands and reinforcement. A prestressed concrete bridge provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was modeled parametrically in 3D and evaluated by a private contractor. The results and feedback should aid in conducting 3D modeling for a real bridge design and construction project. The final report documents requirements for needed standards and "best practices" pragmatics for 3D-centric approaches and accompanying electronic data interchange for streamlining construction and design processes. The project team has worked closely with the AASHTO Bridge Committee as a part of the implementation efforts for this IDEA product.

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  • Authors:
    • Chen, Stuart S
    • Li, Jun-Wei
    • Tangirala, Vamsi-Krishna
    • SHIROLE, A M
    • Sweeney, T
  • Publication Date: 2006-8


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 108p
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  • Accession Number: 01047002
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRB-NCHRP-108
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2007 8:38AM