In addition to facilitating the design and coordination of complex building projects, BIM is also being used by engineers to better monitor the heath of vital pieces of infrastructure such as bridges.

Zhigang Shen, a professor at the University of Nebraska’s School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, has combined expertise acquired from a master’s degree in computer science and a Ph.D. in construction management to develop a BIM-style software program for the express purpose of monitoring the condition of bridges. The program creates a 3D…