Extending BIM to InfrastructureAECbytes Archived Article (June 3, 2014)

Now that BIM has conquered the building industry and is here to stay, this article explores the application of the same “information modeling” concept to infrastructure, where all the individual components making up a city’s infrastructure are represented by intelligent data-rich 3D models that carry information about themselves and their relationship to other components. It also looks at Autodesk’s infrastructure modeling products, in particular at AutoCAD Civil 3D and the newer InfraWorks, a conceptual urban modeling tool that has the potential to create intelligent city models that can support analysis and evaluation of different urban design criteria.

About the Author

Lachmi Khemlani is the founder and editor of AECbytes. She has a Ph.D. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, specializing in intelligent building modeling, and consults and writes on AEC technology. She can be reached at lachmi@aecbytes.com.

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