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Leading the BIM Way: Implementing BIM and Asset Lifecycle Management As a Contracting Authority in Road Infrastructure Projects in Flanders, Belgium

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    For infrastructure managers, up-to-date asset data is crucial to meet the expectations for qualitative and safe roads. Using BIM (Building Information Modeling) helps us build our infrastructure more efficiently and collect the asset data we need. As the “information management” aspect is essential for an efficient asset management, our vision leads the way on how we can evolve toward a more data-driven organization, how we can implement BIM, and what we consider to be our role as a contracting authority in standardizing the BIM implementation. By providing a standardized Object Type Library (OTL) and uniform BIM specifications in our contracts, we encourage all stakeholders to start implementing BIM. Moreover, a general BIM protocol and uniform BIM execution plan for every project help us standardize the level playing field in our BIM projects. Different software packages and tools such as Civil 3D software, Revit software, Navisworks software, and BIM 360 software help us deliver and verify intelligent models following our specifications.

    Key Learnings

    • Look beyond the visual impression of intelligent models.
    • Value the importance of the information included in the model to cover the whole lifecycle of an asset.
    • Learn about the importance of a standardized language in intelligent models.
    • Learn how to apply data standards and different levels of geometry to match BIM requirements in a contract with the project's needs.