Implementing BIM for Infrastructure – The Road Ahead..!!!


February 04, 2015  Gaurang Trivedi

We are all aware of how today BIM has become the most talked about technology induced process across construction industry. While the approach towards BIM implementation for building and construction projectshas remained affirmative, and its adoption rate is high and consistently growing in this vertical, it has still to gain a similar foothold for infrastructure projects.

BIM Adoption For Infrastructure And Civil Projects

One of the reasons for this slow adoption rate might be the long and tiring procedures that an infrastructure development project has to undergo before it is approved and budgets are sanctioned.

Besides the common perception that BIM is only for buildings is also one of the reasons why it wasn’t quickly accepted and implemented in such projects.

However, now the scenario is changing and the adoption of BIM for infrastructure is rapidly increasing. This is because engineers, and infrastructure developers have started realizing the deep rooted benefits BIM can help execute a project in the most lean and efficient manner. The industry today has realized that BIM is beyond just 3D visualization and provides the most equipped and suitable approach to not only construction of buildings but also for development of infrastructure and civil projects.

Benefits of BIM implementation for infrastructure development projects include:

  • Improved communication and hence clarity of design intent for all the involved stakeholders, thus enabling them take better and informed decisions
  • BIM Highlights the importance of information and uses it across the project lifecycle. Accurate information, enables improve the quality of work and productivity of all teams and disciplines

The Next Decade Belongs To BIM For Infrastructure

All development projects whether they are for buildings or for infrastructural development projects like construction of bridges, railway tracks, roads and highways - the parameters of measuring the success for business are always primarily the quality followed by efficient execution, less time to market, less waste generation, low cost and lean development and ultimately the best ROI.

BIM helps plan, design, build and manage your project well. Hence when it comes to infrastructure development project, the next decade belongs to BIM, as this is the key to expedite project delivery, ensure the best quality, conduct project execution as planned and further ensure that every penny is worth its investment.

Leveraging the ‘I’ in BIM and Getting the Best Returns

It has been now said over and over again that BIM is as good as the information that is fed in it. What goes in comes out, so if you put in garbage, the outcome will also be garbage. One can gain insights only when the right and consistent information in fed into BIM across the stages of planning, design and operations. When highly accurate information is put into the model, it generates the best results and provides access to consistent model vies to all stake holders.

  • This supports an increased control over the project execution and management, further enabling clash detection and visual analysis
  • Costs and schedule risks can hence be mitigated with real time assessment of data and the interdependencies
  • Visual representations that are easy to understand and analyze, and an expedited delivery process enables fast approvals and better stakeholder coordination
  • Additionally BIM also enables and ensures detailed and positively better documentation for infrastructure projects for further maintenance, rework and repair.
  • BIM documentation, scheduling and cost estimation also supports supply chain management and logistics.

Outsourcing BIM services for infrastructure development projects helps architects, engineers, town planners and developers to plan, design, execute and manage their projects from ‘pre-bid’ stage to ‘as-built’ infrastructure and beyond. Besides, BIM also helps cut down a lot of rework, by helping detect possible faults and clashes thus also reducing the amount of risks and liabilities on the stakeholders.

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