Detailed design: Better solutions for common bridge modeling

Dec. 16, 2020

December 16, 2020 | 2 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Central


The process of modeling even simple bridges can become tedious and error prone after engineers complete several design and analysis iterations. Engineers and drafters are faced with analysis coordination, complex diaphragm placements, reinforcement detailing, clash detection and more.

Design calculated using parametric modeling is an advanced and efficient method of 3D building information modeling (BIM) which yields information that makes for a highly viable yet optimally economical design. It provides a real-world geometric representation of the final structure, increasing the accuracy of the analysis associated with load, wind, weather, expansion and contraction. This allows the designer to provide a safe and stable design that does not incorporate unnecessary features or materials.

A parametric model also enables the engineer to develop several detailed bridge concepts for a given project in a short period of time, which helps to identify the most cost-effective design for the job.

Finally, if a change becomes necessary during the design phase, the model need not be scrapped and reworked. Instead, 3D parametric modeling calculates how the modification will affect the entire design and makes the appropriate changes to the model itself, ensuring that the pre-established parameters are preserved.

After this webinar, you will understand:

  • Benefits of a 3D approach to bridge design
  • Modeling of a multi-span bridge
  • The importance of 3D visualization to avoid clashes
  • How to unlock project design efficiencies on your next project

Company Profile:

ALLPLAN is a global provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions for the AEC industry. For more than 50 years ALLPLAN has pioneered the digitalization of the construction industry. Always focused on our clients we provide innovative tools to design and construct projects - inspiring users to realize their visions. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, ALLPLAN is part of the Nemetschek Group. Around the world over 400 dedicated employees continue to write the ALLPLAN success story.

Allplan Bridge is a groundbreaking solution for 4D parametric modeling and structural analysis of bridges. The software supports all design phases, from concept, through structural analysis to final design and deliverables.

Speaker Profiles:

Jalpesh Patel
Senior Technical Consultant, Allplan, Inc.

Jalpesh has a Master’s in Civil Engineering with over 6 years of industry experience. In previous roles, he’s worked on a variety of infrastructure projects focused on design and analysis of bridges and their supporting structures. As a structural engineer he’s been involved with multiple design teams which have delivered all range of projects from concept development to construction completions with deep understanding of infrastructure projects and their workflows.

Frank Holz
Senior Technical Consultant, Allplan, Inc.

Frank has a Master’s in Civil Engineering with over 9 years of industry experience. Primarily focusing on precast, he has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects. As an industry expert he helped to write and program precast software, as well as train other engineers on usage and best practices.

David Loughery
Business Development Manager, Allplan, Inc.

David has a Master’s in Structural Engineering with over 5 years of industry experience. As a practicing engineer in China his work focused on fiber composites (FRP) in civil infrastructure, including bridges and powerplants, before he transitioned into the AEC software industry upon returning to the United States. As an engineer he’s faced many of the same challenges which confront Allplan’s customers each day, an understanding which enhances his ability to help overcome them.