Endless possibilities

The BrIM process is similar to building information modeling (BIM), which is widely used in the building industry. BrIM may be described as the collection and documenting of bridge geometry and data from the beginning of the project design phase, through construction, and continuing on into the service life of the bridge, in a complete and continuously updated data-centric, 3D model. The BrIM model would include items such as bridge geometry, section properties, material types, welds, bolts, quantities, maintenance issues and so on.

With the power and potential of 3D modeling for steel bridges and structures, we are able to provide deliverables far beyond the 2D shop drawings. The comprehensive Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) database can be leveraged to create an efficient and accurate fabrication and erection process, some of which include:

  • CNC data to control fabrication equipment
  • Data to control robotic fabrication and welding equipment
  • Data to control scribing and marking equipment
  • Files to interface with fabrication management software
  • Weld quantities
  • Weld traceability
  • Customizable Bill of Material (BOM) data in Excel for import to any steel fabrication management software
  • Laser scanning
  • Complex cutting of HSS, TUBE or PIPE shapes
  • Surface areas for coating calculations
  • Centers of gravity for individual pieces and assemblies
  • Tracking and linking RFI’s and Change Orders to members in the model.
    Merging the 3D model of the steel with the models from other disciplines such as HVAC, plumbing, window wall, fire suppression, concrete etc, allowing a complete virtual model to be created before construction starts
  • Streamline RFI/change management with real-time collaboration and review of models
  • Share and revise data throughout the early stages of the bridge lifecycle to reduce or minimize risk of design issues or on-site construction issues
  • Perform bridge clash detections with other trades in the 3D model to mitigate risk and eliminate errors
  • The model can also be used for ‘Virtual trial erection’
  • CNC data to control fabrication equipment
  • Data to control robotic fabrication and welding equipment
  • Data to control scribing and marking equipment
  • Files to interface with fabrication management software
  • Weld quantities
  • Weld traceability
  • Customizable Bill of Material (BOM) data in Excel for import to any steel fabrication management software
  • Laser scanning
  • Complex cutting of HSS, TUBE or PIPE shapes
  • Surface areas for coating calculations
  • Centers of gravity for individual pieces and assemblies
  • Tracking and linking RFI’s and Change Orders to members in the model.
    Merging the 3D model of the steel with the models from other disciplines such as HVAC, plumbing, window wall, fire suppression, concrete etc, allowing a complete virtual model to be created before construction starts
  • Streamline RFI/change management with real-time collaboration and review of models
  • Share and revise data throughout the early stages of the bridge lifecycle to reduce or minimize risk of design issues or on-site construction issues
  • Perform bridge clash detections with other trades in the 3D model to mitigate risk and eliminate errors
  • The model can also be used for ‘Virtual trial erection’

The Evolution of BrIM

With a range of BrIM tools, we can leverage the power of intelligent, data-driven 3D models and create real-time realistic animations and visualizations to simulate the erection and construction process.

These 3D animations enable the team to identify key areas of concern regarding design intent and constructability in the design process, fabrication or erection of a project. Our findings can help eliminate costly fixes and schedule delays and enable prompt and cost-efficient construction.