Innovative Approach called BIM Saves Time, Money and Cost on Infrastructure Projects

Source: U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration

Building Information Modeling (BIM) to Improve the Delivery of Infrastructure Projects

The use of data throughout a transportation construction project’s lifecycle can improve efficiency, save time, and cut costs.  The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Global Benchmarking Program led by the FHWA Office of International Programs has launched a video that describes and highlights benefits of Building Information Modeling or BIM when used on infrastructure projects.  

BIM, which many are now saying also stands for Better Information Management, uses collaborative digital processes to collect, organize and move data and information efficiently through all transportation construction project phases such as Planning, Project Delivery, Operations and Maintenance, and Asset Management.

 Benefits include:

  • Improved staff effectiveness with less errors
  • Better clash detection prior to construction
  • Increased worker safety on projects
  • improved project communications
  • increased ability to better predict cost
  • improved schedule performance and optimizes design
  • Improved access to data for better decision making

The BIM video is on FHWA’s YouTube channel and provides an overview of what it is and the various ways it can be integrated into infrastructure projects and programs to create a more safer and efficient transportation system.

BIM Video: BIM

BIM Website: Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure – BIM – Infrastructure – Federal Highway Administration ( 

Website: Global Benchmarking Technologies and Best Practices.

For more information on BIM, contact: Katherine Petros (FHWA) or Lori Porreca (FHWA)