Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
A Growing Trend Toward 3D Digital Deliverables for Bridges and Structures

 

In the United States, a project-delivery revolution that’s been building for years is unfolding. As software continues to “eat the world,” Model Based Design and Construction (MBDC) has been slowly and methodically added to the menu.

MBDC is the use and transfer of digital data and information among design and construction to convey design intent, capture as-constructed data, and provide data for asset management.

MBDC, including the use of 3D models as legal contract documents, is being deployed on a variety of bridges under design and construction by state Departments of Transportation across the nation. How did the industry get to this point, and what’s still needed to facilitate widespread adoption?

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