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(BIM-2558) Building Information Modeling for Infrastructure Projects–Emphasis on 4D, 5D and 6D

Level: Intermediate
Author(s): Jignesh S. Shah, PE CCP EVP
Venue: 2017 AACE International Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

Abstract: Building Information Modeling has been widely used in the building construction industry for nearly a decade now, but in the civil infrastructure industry it is not that widespread due to many reasons like massive scale, differences in geometry involved and the types of software available currently. This paper will discuss how the BIM technology is being used in civil infrastructure sector specifically taking a detailed look at the 4D Scheduling/Sequencing, 5D Cost Estimating and 6D Visualization. Introduction to different types of software available in market, the process to perform these functions, benefits of using BIM and limitations, difficulties and lessons learned. It is absolutely certain that the currently underused BIM techniques for civil infrastructure will develop and overcome all the limitation. All the stake holders of the infrastructure projects will have to realize that BIM adoption for their projects is more about cultural change than technological enablers to maximize profit.