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Building Information Modelling (BIM) for road infrastructure: TEM requirements and recommendations

Building Information Modelling (BIM) for road infrastructure: TEM requirements and recommendations

The construction and maintenance of road infrastructure is an important area of most countries’ national economies, but also one of the least digitized sub-sectors. It suffers from the presence of systemic shortcomings including an insufficient level of cooperation, inadequate information management, and limited investment in technology, research and development. These shortcomings often result in lower efficiency and higher financial risk for investors due to various inconsistencies in project documentation, as well as failure to adhere to planned costs and deadlines.

There is significant potential for improvement through the digitalization of processes and application of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach, a methodology suited to improving efficiency in the road sector.

BIM emphasizes the integration of processes – specifically the creation and distribution of digital information by all stakeholders throughout the life cycle of the infrastructure asset. The benefits of using BIM technology have been recognized by the Trans-European North-South Motorway (TEM) Project, which has commissioned this report.

The aim of the report is to provide relevant information for the application of BIM approaches and technology in the road infrastructure sub-sector, with an emphasis on motorway construction and maintenance projects. For this purpose, the report examines BIM tools and technology, the benefits of their implementation, the most important stakeholders, and new roles and documents that arise from the application of the BIM approach. The report also summarizes the current status of BIM implementation in TEM member countries, with recommendations for further implementation of the BIM approach in the TEM Network.