Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Bridges and Structures

The pooled fund project will provide the primary funding mechanism for American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcomittee on Bridge and Structures (SCOBS) T-19 to perform the duties of governance and stewardship of Building Information Management (BIM) for Bridges and Structures. The objective of this proposal is to provide technical support for the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Bridges and Structures under the direction of AASHTO COBS Technical Committee on Technology and Software (T-19) and the Transportation Pooled Fund TPF-5(372) Technical Advisory Committee (AASHTO COBS T-19/Pooled Fund). BIM has been widely used in the commercial sector for vertical construction to manage projects from conception through design, fabrication, construction and future asset management and maintenance. Although some fabricators who perform work on both building construction and transportation structures have begun employing BIM tools in the fabrication of bridge components, BIM use in transportation infrastructure is severely limited due to the lack of standardization. To take advantage of the efficiencies associated with the use of BIM in transportation structures, a comprehensive strategic plan by AASHTO COBS T-19 is needed. As a first step, AASHTO COBS T-19 initiated a study that was funded by NCHRP. The NCHRP project 20-07 Task 377 titled “Standardized Format for Bridge and Structure Information Models” presented a framework for BIM implementation roadmap and provided AASHTO COBS T-19 a list of actionable items. Following the conclusion of the NCHRP study and after extensive deliberations, AASHTO COBS T-19 identified a path forward for BIM implementation for bridges and structures. The initiative involved the following key decisions: (1) Identity: The initiative is being named BIM for Bridges and Structures, as the name encompasses the goal of this endeavor without potentially violating trademark rights. (2) Governance and Stewardship Framework: The BIM implementation roadmap involves the identification of a governance structure. The selected framework will be overseen by AASHTO COBS T-19 in collaboration with the AASHTO Technical Joint Committee on Electronic Standards, FHWA, and other various stakeholders. (3) Data Exchange Schema: Multiple schemas for the governance framework of BIM for Bridges and Structures were discussed, with the decision being made to develop a Model View Definition (MVD) compliant with Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data models. IFC is the industry standard in the vertical industry and is well established. BuildingSmart International, the global organization with IFC oversight, also has global initiatives working toward implementing BIM for roads and bridges in other countries, making a natural alignment with IFC the most appropriate approach. (4) Funding Mechanism for Support: It became evident through the discussions that the initiative to move BIM for Bridges and Structures into standard practice would require much more effort than could be taken on solely by T-19 members. The committee agreed that the use of a consultant/contractor would be necessary to accomplish many of the tasks needed to move forward. The committee discussed several funding options, ultimately deciding on two sources: FHWA and pooled fund study.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $2595000
  • Contract Numbers:


    Iowa DOT Addendum 644; ISU Proposal 141215

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    Georgia Department of Transportation

    600 West Peachtree St
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30308

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764

    Indiana Department of Transportation

    Indiana Government Center North
    100 North Senate Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN  United States  46204-2249

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010

    Kansas Department of Transportation

    Eisenhower State Office Building
    700 SW Harrison Street
    Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754

    Michigan Department of Transportation

    Van Wagoner Building
    425 W. Ottawa Street
    Lansing, MI  United States  48909

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building
    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155

    Mississippi Department of Transportation

    P.O. Box 1850
    Jackson, MS  United States  39215-1850

    Nebraska Department of Transportation

    1500 Highway 2
    P.O. Box 94759
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68509-4759

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    Keystone Building
    400 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA  United States  17120

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483

    Utah Department of Transportation

    4501 South 2700 West
    Project Development
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380

    Vermont Agency of Transportation

    1 National Life Drive
    Drawer 33
    Montpelier, VT  United States  5633

    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building
    Olympia, WA  United States  98504

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    PO Box 7910
    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 104
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910

    Delaware Department of Transportation

    800 S Bay Road
    P.O. Box 778
    Dover, DE  United States  19903

    Oklahoma Transportation

    200 NE 21st Street
    Oklahoma City, OK  United States  73105

    North Carolina Department of Transportation

    P.O. Box 25201
    1 South Wilmington Street
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27611

    New York State Department of Transportation

    50 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY  United States  12232

    New Jersey Department of Transportation

    1035 Parkway Avenue
    Trenton, NJ  United States  08625

    Florida Department of Transportation

    Research Center
    605 Suwannee Street MS-30
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450

    Alabama Department of Transportation

    1409 Coliseum Blvd.
    Montgomery, AL  United States  36130
  • Managing Organizations:

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Project Managers:

    Clute, Khyle

  • Performing Organizations:

    HDR Engineering

    4435 Main Street
    Suite 1000
    Kansas City, MO  United States  64111

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Institute for Transportation
    2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664

    National Institute of Building Sciences

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hallmark, Shauna

  • Start Date: 20171201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240430
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 42307

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01651458
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(372), Iowa DOT Addendum 644; ISU Proposal 141215
  • Created Date: Nov 22 2017 3:58PM