BIM Applications to Pavements and Railways. Integration of Numerical Parameters

Simona Fontul, Paula Couto, Maria João Falcão Silva

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Transport infrastructures such as roads, railways and runways are under increased traffic loading and their rehabilitation has to be performed in an efficient way, structurally and financially. In this process, monitoring of structural and functional capacity of transport infrastructures using non-destructive tests is performed in a systematic way. It is important to take the advantages of these measurements in order to plan a future rehabilitation. In this paper, four case studies of Building Information Modelling applied to transport infrastructures are presented. In case of road and airport pavements, the integration of structural capacity in the modelling was studied. Regarding the railways, a construction of a transition zone was addressed, as well as its behaviour during the first three years after entering in service. For both roads and railways, rehabilitation of existing infrastructures was modelled using BIM. In this way, it is possible to obtain a model that has information regarding the structural condition resulting from the continuous inspections. The BIM, being a relatively recent and innovative methodology, it is an important tool, with great potential when applied to transport infrastructures study. The main troubleshooting and consideration reached so far are presented herein, identifying the advantages of this approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability and Automation in Smart Constructions
EditorsH. Rodrigues, F. Gaspar, P. Fernandes, A. Mateus
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-35533-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-35532-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameAdvances in Science, Technology & Innovation (IEREK Interdisciplinary Series for Sustainable Development)
ISSN (Print)2522-8714
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8722


  • BIM
  • Non-destructive tests
  • Pavement
  • Railway track
  • Rehabilitation


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