Development of BIM-based bridge maintenance system for cable-stayed bridges

  • Shim, Chang-su (Department of Civil Engineering, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Kang, Hwirang (Department of Civil Engineering, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Dang, Ngoc Son (Department of Civil Engineering, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Lee, Deokkeun (Long Span Bridge Management Center, Korea Infrastructure Safety & Technology Corporation)
  • Received : 2017.03.06
  • Accepted : 2017.11.12
  • Published : 2017.12.25


Maintenance plays a critical role in the bridge industry, but actual practices show many limitations because of traditional, 2D-based information systems. It is necessary to develop a new generation of maintenance information management systems for more reliable decision making in bridge maintenance. Enhancing current work processes requires a BIM-based 3D digital model that can use information from the whole lifecycle of a project (design, construction, operation, and maintenance) through continuous exchanges and updates from each stakeholder. This study describes the development of a data scheme for maintenance of cable-stayed bridges. We implemented the proposed system for a cable-stayed bridge and discussed its effectiveness.


bridge maintenance;BIM;3D digital model;data schema;cable-stayed bridge


Grant : Research on Standard Development for BIM Based Special Bridge Maintenance

Supported by : Korea Infrastructure Safety & Technology Corporation (KISTEC), Chung-Ang University


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