Building Information Modeling (BIM) For Infrastructure

About TPF-5(480)

The Transportation Pool Fund Study TPF-5(480): Building Information Management (BIM) for Infrastructure will deliver an agile approach to provide technical guidance for leveraging the concepts of BIM and open data standards to create a guide for information management across all phases of the asset life cycle of the build environment in the transportation infrastructure context.

BIM for Infrastructure is a collaborative work method for structuring, managing, and using an agency's enterprise-wide data and information for transportation assets throughout their life cycles. BIM integrates and leverages digital information found in lidar/UAS surveys, 3D design models, eConstruction data, georeferenced assets and geographic information systems (GIS), to bring profound improvements for project delivery and lifecycle data management. The data capabilities are envisioned to better connect the silos within our agencies towards greater collaboration and real-time, fact-based decision-making in managing our highway assets. BIM is about "liberating" data from siloed systems and making it available in an automated way to anyone who needs it when they need it.


The pooled fund serves as the mechanism for stakeholders to work collaboratively to advance BIM for Infrastructure. This will involve building off the foundational work that was charted out in the BIM National Strategic Work Plan, with emphasis on increasing coordination and awareness of BIM technologies and activities. This pooled fund will coordinate with efforts of TPF-5(372) focusing on BIM for Bridges and Structures.

TPF-5(480) provides technical guidance for leveraging BIM concepts and open data standards and a guide for information management across all phases of the built environment. This includes all phases of project development, construction, operations and maintenance, strategic asset management, and planning for transportation agencies. The framework provided in the FHWA publication Advancing BIM for Infrastructure, National Strategic Roadmap (NSR) and collaboration with similar efforts to advance digital delivery in the development of this guide is a foundation of the study.

Project Status Reports

Year 1 Deliverables (April 2023 - April 2024)

Digital Workflow Infographic (D01)

IFC Overview and Role in BIM (D03)

Importance of Data Governance and GIS and Their Role in BIM – Establishing a Single Source of Truth for Data Management (D04)

Clearinghouse Phase 1 (D05)

Literature Review on BIM State of Practice at State DOTs (D06)

State DOT Tools Report (D07)

Engaging Stakeholders in Implementing a Digital Workflow (D09)

Signing and Sealing a Digital Delivery Model (D15)

Basic Workflow for Digital Delivery (D16)

Information Delivery Manual (DM) for Digital Workflows (D17)

Existing or Desired Tools and Resources Needed to Utilize Models in Field Applications (D18)

Selecting Digital Delivery Pilot Projects and Strategies for Success (D20)

Utilizing Digital Information for Design to Construction and Fabrication (D23)

Leveraging FHWA EDC-6 Digital As-built Efforts (D24)

Establishing Enterprise-Wide Asset Inventories (D26)

Collaborating with Resource Agencies Now and Into the Future (D29)

Best Practices for Contract Administration with the Model as Legal Document (D30)

BIM for Infrastructure Guidebook - Year 1 (D34)