About the research
This project is a task order under the main Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-sponsored project, “Technical and Support Services for the FHWA Construction Management Team.”
BIM for Infrastructure (previously known as Civil Integrated Management or CIM) encompasses many innovative engineering technologies, which are making their way into the mainstream of infrastructure management and project delivery. These technologies revolve around the use of automation and enhanced processes for gathering, analyzing and managing digital data for tasks and decision-making throughout the lifecycle of an asset. Collected data are represented by the implementation of modeling, sensing and data management technologies, like 3D/xD models, intelligent compaction, e-Construction, Lidar, and many others and produce significant amounts of electronic data. Incorporation of the data into the transportation projects has proven to be very challenging particularly due to implementation of BIM for Infrastructure. FHWA has strategic initiatives to implement BIM for Infrastructure to include all these aspects which was defined as the collection, organization, managed accessibility, and use of accurate data and information throughout the life cycle of a transportation asset. The concept and practices of BIM support improvements in how agencies can accomplish with planning, environmental assessment, surveying, construction, maintenance, asset management, and risk assessment. This research will support the FHWA’s ability to provide strategic support needed for the deployment of BIM for Infrastructure in the United States transportation industry.