BIM integral to infrastructure of the future
A leading authority on town planning and infrastructure software has said that building information modelling (BIM) will be key to building the infrastructure of the cities of the future, and that surveying equipment like that produced by Leica Geosystems will be crucial to the process.
Writing for industry news source, Construction Digital, Adam Strafaci, from Infrastructure Autodesk, Inc., said that the use of BIM has gradually been transforming the building industry for years, but it is only now that infrastructure specialists are catching on.
"When applied to the city scale, BIM for Infrastructure, or the use of an intelligent, model-based process for gaining project insight, can help city planners, GIS professionals, and civil engineers develop a more holistic understanding of the challenges they are facing," explained Strafaci.
He added that the developing BIM technologies specifically tailored for infrastructure - particularly when it comes to conceptual design - have a key role in the future.
"It is now possible to quickly build 3D models of entire urban environments, including existing above and below ground infrastructure, from readily available GIS, BIM, and CAD data," Strafaci said, adding that the virtual environments can be used by planners and engineers to rapidly construct new infrastructure proposals, in context.
The benefits of this, he explained, would be time saving and error minimising and the visual elements of the process could be used as demonstrations for stakeholders and the public.