Implementing bim for conventional tunnels - A proposed methodology and case study: Journal of Information Technology in Construction

A. Mitelman, U. Gurevich

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The topic of Building Information Modelling (BIM) adoption by public organizations has become a central subject of research, and a significant amount of BIM documents, guidelines, and standards have been created to meet different organizational purposes. Compared to the building industry, the application of BIM tools for tunnel project management is lagging far behind. This paper proposes a methodology for integrating BIM tools for conventional tunnelling. A fundamental distinction is made between the tunnel internal architectural domain and the external structural domain. For the former, BIM methodology can be applied similarly to the building industry. For the latter, it is suggested that a BIM model be built according to the essential information generated during tunnelling excavation. The proposed methodology was put to test for an actual tunneling project. A routine was established where the supervisor on behalf of the owner was responsible for gathering and reporting essential data in tabular form. Via REVIT's Application Programming Interface (API), a code was developed so that a BIM model was built and updated automatic to data insertion. Ultimately, the final BIM model allows managing up-to-date qualitative and quantitative information visually. Thus, human understanding and interpretation are enhanced for future uses, such as maintenance, future renovations and project post-analysis. © 2021 International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-656
Number of pages14
JournalJ. Inf. Technol. Constr.
StatePublished - 2021


  • Application programming interfaces (API)
  • Construction industry
  • Information theory
  • Knowledge management
  • Project management
  • Tunneling (excavation)
  • Tunnels
  • Building industry
  • Building information modeling adoption
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Case-studies
  • Modelling tools
  • NATM
  • Public organizations
  • Tunnel maintenances
  • Tunneling
  • Architectural design
  • BIM Adoption
  • Knowledge Management
  • Tunnel Maintenance
  • Tunnelling


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