Lecture    CI1529
Bridge Information Modeling: Opportunities, Limitations, and Spanning the Chasm with Current Tools
Francesca Maier
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With 3D structural analysis being the norm and with a rapidly growing implementation of bridge asset management systems, the market is poised for an explosive adoption of Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM). However, there is no single black-box information model that incorporates hydraulic and structural analysis, geometric design, and plans production—and much less structural detailing! This class will create a process map for bridge design that identifies data exchanges from conception through construction. It will look at owners' bridge management information needs and what data should flow to the operation and maintenance (O&M) phase. Taking into consideration appropriate Autodesk® tools for bridge design and analysis, such as AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software, AutoCAD® Revit® Structure software, and their various extensions and analysis modules, the class will offer best practices for creating a workflow to meet the owner's, contractor's and designer's needs. We won't necessarily have all the answers, but we'll contemplate some thought-provoking questions.

Key Learnings

  • Identify software products that fit into a bridge information modeling workflow
  • Develop bridge information modeling process maps to fit your bridge projects
  • List the component processes to bridge design
  • Identify the data exchanges that occur in the bridge asset lifecycle


 Francesca Maier
Francesca Maier
Francesca is a civil/utilities modeling expert in PB’s Virtual Design and Construction group, providing civil modeling support, implementation planning and model management on VDC/BIM projects throughout the US. Francesca is an Autodesk® Approved Instructor with experience in applying Autodesk® technology on transportation, bridge, tunnel, water resources and other infrastructure projects. She provides instruction on AutoCAD® and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software in support of the Autodesk® Authorized Training Center at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Francesca is committed to sharing knowledge within Parsons Brinckerhoff and the wider community. She leads Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Civil 3D user group and coordinates monthly webinars for her global colleagues on VDC/BIM topics. Francesca has been published in AUGIWorld magazine and has taught undergraduate students in an ABET-accredited engineering program about CADD and BIM.

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