With the integration of GIS and BIM at the center of infrastructure projects – houses, schools, roads, inter-modal transit facilities, drainage and energy networks, etc. – are no longer planned, designed and built in isolation of everything around it. Infrastructure assets can be better viewed in relation to how that asset fits and interacts with the surrounding ecosystem. More tightly connected GIS and BIM workflows aid stakeholders involved in planning and design to better understand how the natural and existing built environment connects with the new assets to be built.
The promise of more tightly integrating GIS and BIM is to empower AEC firms and project owners to focus not only on what to design and build, but also better understand where and why, helping them to deliver more sustainable and resilient infrastructure through more economical, social, and environmentally responsible practices.