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Smart Structures and Systems
  Volume 13, Number 3, March 2014 , pages 407-418

Applications of bridge information modeling in bridges life cycle
Mohamed M. Marzouk, Mohamed Hisham and Khalid Al-Gahtani

    The purpose of this paper is to present an Integrated Life Cycle Bridge Information Modeling that can be used throughout different phases of the bridge life cycle including: design, construction, and operation and maintenance phases. Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) has become an effective tool in bridge engineering and construction. It has been used in obtaining accurate shop drawings, cost estimation, and visualization. In this paper, BrIM is used as an integrated tool for bridges life cycle information modeling. In the design phase, BrIM model can be used in obtaining optimum construction methods and performing structural advanced analysis. During construction phase, the model selects the appropriate locations for mobile cranes, monitors the status of precast components, and controls documents. Whereas, it acts as a tool for bridge management system in operation and maintenance phase. The paper provides a detailed description for each use of BrIM model in design, construction, and operation and maintenance phases of bridges. It is proven that BrIM is an effective tool for bridge management systems throughout their life phases.
Key Words
    project management; bridges construction; Building information modeling; bridge life cycle phases
Mohamed M. Marzouk and Mohamed Hisham :Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
Khalid Al-Gahtani: Department of Civil Engineering, King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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