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BIM Plan to Execute—Adding Tunnel/Road Capacity to Existing Thimble Shoal Tunnel

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    This presentation will go over the initial planning and execution stages of a Building Information Modeling (BIM)-driven project to create a new 2-lane tunnel under Thimble Shoal Channel in Virginia. When complete, the new tunnel will carry 2 lanes of traffic southbound and the existing tunnel will carry 2 lanes of traffic northbound. The project design is quite a challenge, as it's meant to connect to an existing highway and tunnel system in such a way as not to disturb the flow of traffic during construction. Using AutoCAD Civil 3D software, Revit software, Navisworks software, and additional Autodesk software, we were able maximize our use of the model data, not just for construction documents, but also for analysis. Coordination of not just the design data, but also the various teams and interests on the project, were integral to making it successful.

    Key Learnings

    • Learn how to properly put together a BIM Execution Plan for a large infrastructure project
    • Learn how to design, coordinate, and execute a modeling plan that takes into account multioffice collaboration
    • Discover the use of BIM for construction documentation, visualization, and analysis using AutoCAD Civil 3D, Revit, and 3ds Max
    • Learn about coordinating models across a large infrastructure site from multiple disciplines using Navisworks