Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Bridges and Structures - Phase II

The AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures has been working on a comprehensive plan to advance the use of BIM specific to bridges and structures. In 2017, TPF-5(372) BIM for Bridges and Structures project provided the primary funding mechanism for developing the foundational elements to implement openBIM data standards to support BIM for Bridges and Structures in the U.S. This multi-year effort focused on developing the openBIM data standards for enabling digital exchange from design to construction for workhorse bridges using the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) schema. A significant amount of progress was accomplished through this effort, which resulted in an implementable AASHTO guide specification to exchange 3D model-based information for workhorse bridges to execute construction. Specifically, the resulting standard was adopted by AASHTO COBS on June 22, 2022, as the AASHTO Information Delivery Manual: Guide Specification for Design to Construction Data Exchange for Highway Bridges. Additional products from this effort included foundational elements necessary for implementing openBIM standards at the project level, including (1) U.S. Bridge Data Dictionary, (2) Model View Definition Extension and Documentation for Software Providers, (3) Unit Test Suite Documentation and Testing Criteria for Software Certification, (4) Educational Kit and Implementation Guide for AASHTO Members, and (5) Updated Bridge Lifecycle Map and Prioritization of Data Exchanges. While the progress was significant, there are many other needs that still need to be addressed to facilitate the use of model-based data exchanges to support the bridge asset lifecycle. This pooled fund project will provide the primary mechanism for AASHTO COBS T-19 to expand and refine the outcomes of TPF-5(372) and developing additional guide specifications for openBIM national data standards to support model-based exchanges of workhorse bridges.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $1945000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    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

    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

    Montana Department of Transportation

    2701 Prospect Avenue
    P.O. Box 201001
    Helena, MT  United States  59620-1001

    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

    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

    HDR Engineering

    4435 Main Street
    Suite 1000
    Kansas City, MO  United States  64111
  • Project Managers:

    Clute, Khyle

  • Performing Organizations:

    HDR Engineering

    4435 Main Street
    Suite 1000
    Kansas City, MO  United States  64111
  • Principal Investigators:

    Tondl, Matt

  • Start Date: 20231201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20290131

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01895962
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(523)
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 12 2023 5:32PM