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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Engineering for Bridges and Roads, December 2010

Assessing the future value and current limitations of bridge information modeling (BrlM) programs

By Jerry Pfuntner, P.E.

Bridge information modeling (BrIM) represents a major leap forward for the bridge design and construction industry. Like its close cousin, building information modeling (BIM), BrIM synthesizes and infuses 2D and 3D CAD drawings with “intelligent” data that allows designers, contractors, and owners to access and manipulate a structure’s components more quickly and efficiently through all phases of the bridge’s life cycle.

Information modeling systems for civil engineering projects, including bridges, have lagged those of the building trades. However, BrIM is rapidly developing and catching up to its predecessors, offering vast promise for the future. Read more…

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