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Join us April 9, 2021 to hear Ahmad Abu-Hawash, P.E., Chief Structural Engineer at Iowa DOT, talk about the adoption of BIM for transportation infrastructure as a life cycle management strategy.

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The Infrastructure Technology Resources Consortium (ITRC) Seminar Series on “Resilience and Sustainability of Urban Transportation Infrastructure”  occurs every 2nd Friday.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) for managing infrastructure has been widely used in the commercial vertical industry, however, its use in the public transportation infrastructure has been limited due to the lack of standardization. To overcome this challenge, significant research through NCHRP and FHWA has been done leading into national initiatives such as pooled fund projects and AASHTO resolution to adopt Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) as the schema for BIM.

This presentation will discuss the ongoing efforts for the adoption of BIM for transportation infrastructure as a life cycle management strategy. Also, the benefits of BIM in design, fabrication, construction, and asset management will be discussed.

Ahmad Abu-Hawash, P.E.

Ahmad is the Chief Structural Engineer for Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) responsible for overseeing structural design activities on major bridge projects and the review of design policies. He oversees research and coordinates the implementation of innovations in the Bridges and Structures Bureau.

Ahmad received a BS degree from the University of Iowa and MS degree from Iowa State University in Civil Engineering and Structures.

Ahmad serves as the Chair of AASHTO Bridge and Structures Technical Committee on Software and Technology and as the Vice Chair of AASHTO Technical Committee on Construction, and is a member of AASHTO Technical Committee on Electronic Engineering Standards (JTCEES). Ahmad also chairs TRB Joint Subcommittee on Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), is a member of TRB AKB10, AKC40, NCHRP IDEA Program Panel, ABC-UTC Advisory Committee, Iowa Highway Research Board, and is the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) State Coordinator. His primary research interests include BIM, UHPC, ABC, and SHM.

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