Task Group 5.6
BIM in Structure Management


Mission Statement/Objectives

The Task Group aims to connect BMS (Bridge Management Systems) with existing BIM solutions, based on Open BIM standards. The complexity of maintenance/inspection requires organised, automated, open and transparent digital processes, which should consider both - structure and asset management data. The BMS (Bridge Management System) aims to complete digital storage and exchange of data, cost as well as deterioration, optimisation and analysis models and their interoperability with existing BIM solutions.


The vision includes 3D/4D/5D/6D software and hardware independent data exchange between different software technologies during life cycle and beyond, considering also monitoring, sensor equipment and damages on the structure along time axis. Open BIM technology for the interoperability from technical, semantic and organisational point of view is of main interest.

Scope & Limitation

As template for further structures, only bridges will be focused on. Conceptually the connection of BIM model to BMS and vice versa should be focused on. Therefore the existing documents, researches and current open BIM standard capability will be used.


Existing software solutions and BMS providers should be invited to present their possible consideration resp. realisation of BMS connection in their established BIM workflows and BIM viewers.


The final goal is the IDM (Information Delivery Manual) – explaining how to connect BIM model with BMS and vice versa – in form of SED.


Expected Project Output

The Task Group proposes to deliver the following results:

  • Organisation of Webinars (2) with Topics BMS&BIM
  • Development of Special Session at IABSE events in 2022 (IABSE Symposium Prague May 2022 & IABSE Congress Nanjing September 2022);
  • Collect the most relevant papers from organised Special Session(s), and others, and invite the authors for a co-organised Special Issue of SEI on a related topic (planned for 2023).
  • SED in printed and online format, which includes concept beside IDM (Information Delivery Manual) also Guidelines and vision for BMS to connect with Open BIM and vice versa (planned for December 2022).


Start Date: December 2020
Target Date of Completion: December 20, 2022




  Vanja Samec, Austria
  Vice Chair
  Changsu Shim, Korea

Ketil Aas-Jakobsen, Norway

Édouard Berton, France

André Borrmann, Germany

Mário Coelho, Portugal

Paweł Hawryszków, Poland

Jörg-Martin Hohberg, Switzerland

Dusan Isailovic, Serbia

Philip Jackson, UK

Sachinand Joshi, India

Guido Morgenthal, Germany

Eetu Partala, Finland