3-D Model of Buchanan County, Iowa Bridge

Check out this 3D Model of the Buchanan, Iowa bridge that was developed by US Bridge when detailing the bridge. It’s known as “BrIM”, Bridge Information Modeling.  According to Dennis Gonano of US Bridge, the BrIM was converted from AutoCAD to an Adobe PDF file. (Note: eSPAN140 was used to create the first iteration of the bridge design.)

Download and open the PDF file linked here and to the image below and you will be able to manipulate the model to view different bridge details such as beams, deck, railings, etc or turn off various bridge components, or change colors of things. Pretty cool tool.

USBridge_3D_IowaBridgePDFNote: This PDF file will work with any Acrobat Reader.

The bridge was built quickly, using local crews. Check out the video from the Buchanan County, Iowa live webcam.

About Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder is director of the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA), where he works with SSSBA members to educate, inform and promote the many advantages of using steel for short span bridges including cost-effectiveness, time-saving bridge designs and life cycle analysis advantages. He is a digital marketing enthusiast, appreciating both the creative side of the process as well as the science behind it, and provides regular updates via his Pull Marketer blog at https://www.pullmarketer.com/. Dan can be contacted at dsnyder@steel.org.
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