The Paradigm Shift in Bridge Design and Visualization

Originally Aired: December 5, 2017

Participants earn one PDH

Despite the absence of industry standards for Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM), Pennoni has developed their own BrIM procedure for their bridge design projects.  Their approach incorporates various software components to develop interoperable 3D design models and can use the models for analysis, design, plan development, visualization and many other design tasks. The models are utilized in every phase of design and in construction.  The models are developed early in the concept and proposal phase – with the added benefit that the same model can evolve with the project as it is advanced through TS&L and subsequent milestone submissions and construction. Developing 3D design models has provided Pennoni engineers and designers with a tool to visualize the entire design.  This allows their engineers to better identify problems during design, instead of being uncovered later in construction, where costs from unforeseen delays can escalate. This approach streamlines preliminary designs and produces higher quality visualizations and proposals, resulting in more project wins. Post award, the efficient use of the same models reduces project man-hours and improves project budgets.  Additionally, the BrIM process also acts as secondary quality control – helping to reduce errors and increase overall level of quality in the project deliverables. 
Attendees will learn:

  • How to identify uses of information models in bridge design
  • What to consider when developing a BrIM workflow
  • How BrIM reduces errors and improves quality
  • How BrIM enhances visualization workflows

Bentley is a global leader dedicated to providing engineers, detailers, constructors, and owner–operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure.  Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2008 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.   

Pennoni is an ENR top 100 Firm that has received numerous awards for their work and corporate culture. Pennoni employs more than 1,200 professionals in offices strategically located to serve a growing list of clients around the world. As a multidisciplinary firm, their breadth of services include transportation, bridge, civil/site, construction services, environmental, geotechnical, structural, water, wastewater, and more. Committed to providing the best solution for their client’s needs, Pennoni utilizes the latest technology to meet project and client requirements.
Michael Alestra, PE
Project Engineer
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Joseph Spadea, PE
Senior Engineer. Project Manager
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