Virtually There: The Evolution of BIM in Civil Infrastructure


Duration:60 minutes


The civil infrastructure world has always been a step behind its structural counterpart in implementing BIM technologies, but it is starting to catch up. This webinar, featuring owners, contractors, and academics, will explore how transportation practitioners can understand key elements of BIM, how to implement it and how it can benefit their projects.

During this webinar, our panel will address the below questions:

  • How are local governments managing the complex task of implementing BIM? 
  • How are digital assets being managed? 
  • Where are the biggest roadblocks and how are organizations overcoming them?

The content of this webinar is produced and directed by ENR's editorial team.

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Philip Bell

Director, Landscape Architecture Bureau


Director - Landscape Architecture Bureau, Office of Environment
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

Phil Bell is the Director of the Landscape Architecture Bureau and has more than 30 years experience working in design, construction and management including complex transportation improvement projects. He was a member of the new New York Bridge (Tappan Zee) and the Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement Design-Build management oversight teams and is currently involved with the Kew Gardens Interchange, Phases 3 and 4.

Phil is the Chair of the Civil Integrated Management (CIM) statewide working group for advanced technologies in project development, construction and operations. Phil is also the statewide coordinator for the Federal Highway Administration Every Day Counts program and was an adjunct professor for the University at Albany Planning and Geography Department.

Phil is also serving as the vice-chair of the American Association of State Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Technical Committee on Environmental Design and was Chair of the NCHRP update for the Visualization in Transportation Guide.

Ben Constable

Manager, Virtual Design and Construction
Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc.

Ben Constable has been with Kiewit for over 20 years - his experience spans across engineering, survey, and information technology roles. Currently, Ben is a Manager in the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) group.

This group engages VDC processes in the early stages of design to help reduce risk, increase efficiency, and allow projects to benefit from model data throughout the life cycle of construction. Managing a core group of subject matter experts helps Kiewit projects navigate through the complexity of 3D models, big data, and new technology.

Tala Kasim

Lecturer - Construction Project Management
Aston University, UK

Tala is a lecturer in construction project management program at Aston University- UK. She has over 15 years of industrial and academic experience. Her background is civil and structural engineering with a PhD in Information management systems and BIM applications for sustainable construction.

Tala is passionate about sustainable construction and the role of technologies in enhancing construction processes and performance of new constructions, infrastructure and the built environment. She is currently leading BIM modules at Aston University; she is a fellow in higher education academy and a chartered applicant member at CIOB.

George Lukes

Standards and Design Engineer
Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)

George is the Standards and Design Engineer for the Utah Department of Transportation. For Standards, he manages the process for all changes and publications of specifications and drawings.

For Design, he is responsible for managing the design program including, but not limited to, QC/QA, OpenRoads implementation, UDOT’s IDC Program, and the always terrifying Other Duties as Assigned. George has also worked as UDOT’s Region 2 Program Manager, Engineer for Materials and Material Implementation Engineer.

George graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Over his 30+ years, he has worked in the inorganic mineral processing industry, hazardous waste industry and the transportation industry.

Kenneth Sungho Park

Head of ESM

Aston University

Senior Lecturer in Construction
Undergraduate Construction Programme Director
Aston University, UK

Kenneth has over 23 years construction research and industrial experience internationally. His research and expertise lie in the areas of construction management, whole-life management, BIM application, and process improvement.

He is currently developing housing information modelling based on whole-life performance via Scan-to-BIM to improve performance and reduce environmental and financial impact. He is a Chartered Construction Manager and Chartered Surveyor in the UK.

Lance Parve

Sr Project Engineer

WisDOT SE Freeways

Senior Project Design - Construction Engineer/BIM Coordinator, SE Freeways/SE Region
Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)

Lance works as Senior Project Design-Construction Engineer/BIM Coordinator in SE Freeways/SE Region at WisDOT. His work involves planning, design, and construction of mega transportation projects > $500 million and also provides BIM-CAD-GIS, 3D technologies/modeling, LiDAR/reality capture survey coordination, and innovation support.

Lance serves on the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) as Co-Chairperson of the BIM-CIM-VDC Subcommittee of ABJ95 Visualization in Transportation (ViT) Committee. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the International Intelligent Construction Technologies Group (IICTG).

Lance has over 28 years of industry experience - 13 public sector and 15 private sector - involving successful digital project model-based delivery in civil infrastructure planning, design, and construction. His public sector work is over 11 years at WisDOT and 2 years in a local municipality and over 15 years private sector work in site civil and environmental infrastructure in the USA.

He has a MS Engineering degree, MS Certificate Urban Planning GIS degree, and a BS Geological Sciences degree from the UW-Milwaukee.

Aileen Cho

Senior Editor, Engineering News-Record

Engineering News-Record

(Moderator) br Senior Editor - Transportation br Engineering News-Record br br ENR Senior Editor Aileen Cho covers all aspects of transportation infrastructure delivery. She has won Neal Awards for best technical writing and best feature, and has been on several ENR editorial teams that won Neal Awards for coverage of Sandy, the Minnesota bridge collapse, Katrina and many other issues. br br She won the journalism prize in 2006 from the American Association of Engineering Societies. She has also been recognized by the Construction Writers of America for her coverage of airports. Before coming to ENR in 1996, she was the transportation beat reporter for the Greenwich Time in Connecticut. She has been published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Aviation Week.



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