BIM for Road Construction

Is BIM (building information modeling) just for buildings? The acronym may suggest the process is intended for buildings, but more contractors on transportation projects are using similar technologies and processes to plan what-if scenarios on roads, bridges, and other construction infrastructure.

This week, CADsoft Consulting, www.cadsoft-consult.com, Tempe, Ariz., a consultant for 3D design, BIM, PLM (project lifecycle management), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and 3D design visualization, announced it is now offering services and solutions specifically targeting the transportation segment of the construction market.

The company announced it is offering a new product to its customers looking to improve its transportation portfolio. The product, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014 from Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., is an analysis and design solution for civil engineers and designers. This particular product is based on the technology Autodesk recently acquired from Savory Computing Services.

With the technology, construction companies working on road projects can better design and layout roads, bringing BIM processes to transportation projects.

Using technology such as Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014, construction companies can evaluate what-if scenarios in the process of designing roundabout intersections and loading bays, as well as predict vehicle movements. This can help save time and money, while conducting interactive simulations to better understand project performance related to traffic turning movements.

For the construction industry, BIM allows companies to better design and do conflict resolution earlier in the construction project, saving both time and money down the road. The use of such processes and technology in the transportation segment of the business can provide big benefits as well, enabling firms to design better roads.