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(BIM-2340) Use of BIM for Asset Management in North American Airports

Primary Author: Dr. Tamera L. McCuen
Co-Author(s): Dr. Dominique Pittenger

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Research
Venue: 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada

Abstract: Airports are facing shrinking budgets, limited resources and aging asset/infrastructure issues. Asset Management strategies are increasingly being implemented by airports to address these issues by enhancing the cost effectiveness and efficiency of managing assets over their lifecycles. Although building information modeling (BIM) is being used by some airport operators to facilitate the Asset Management process, there is very little available literature regarding the related challenges, opportunities and benefits. Therefore, a goal of this study was to gain an understanding about BIM use for Asset Management in North American airports. The effort included an online survey designed to gather information about current BIM implementation, users’ experience level, BIM use across the lifecycle, and future plans for implementation. In addition to the survey, case study participants were interviewed. This paper reports study results that illuminate the use of BIM for airport asset management. Results from the study revealed that airport owners are realizing benefits by having a model representing existing conditions and assets, along with the information available for developing a single inventory repository for managing assets.