The Paradigm Shift in Bridge Design and Visualization

November 07, 2017
Bridge design

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2 p.m. Eastern

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Webinar overview: 

Despite the absence of industry standards for Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM), Pennoni has developed their own BrIM procedure for their bridge design projects.  Their approach incorporates various software components to develop interoperable 3D design models and can use the models for analysis, design, plan development, visualization and many other design tasks. The models are utilized in every phase of design and in construction.  The models are developed early in the concept and proposal phase – with the added benefit that the same model can evolve with the project as it is advanced through TS&L and subsequent milestone submissions and construction. Developing 3D design models has provided Pennoni engineers and designers with a tool to visualize the entire design.  This allows their engineers to better identify problems during design, instead of being uncovered later in construction, where costs from unforeseen delays can escalate. This approach streamlines preliminary designs and produces higher quality visualizations and proposals, resulting in more project wins. Post award, the efficient use of the same models reduces project man-hours and improves project budgets.  Additionally, the BrIM process also acts as secondary quality control – helping to reduce errors and increase overall level of quality in the project deliverables. 
Attendees will learn:

  • How to identify uses of information models in bridge design
  • What to consider when developing a BrIM workflow
  • How BrIM reduces errors and improves quality
  • How BrIM enhances visualization workflows

BrIM Composite


Michael Alestra, PE
Project Engineer

Mr. Alestra serves as a Project Engineer in Pennoni’s Newark, DE office. He is a Professional Engineer and has more than 20 years of combined experience as both a bridge engineer and CAD Technician/CAD Administrator. For Pennoni, he performs bridge analysis and design and he developed, implements and manages the Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) procedures and standards used on bridge design projects. Mr. Alestra’s understanding of bridge design and analysis, fabrication and construction, structural detailing, and plan development combined with his proficiency in CAD and 3D modeling techniques, CAD administration, and structural analysis and visualization software bring a unique skill and understanding to the engineering world.

Joseph Spadea, PE
Senior Engineer. Project Manager

As a leader of Pennoni FX Studios—Pennoni’s in-house Design Visualization service, Mr. Spadea oversees the development of 3D renderings and animations for active projects, concepts, visual impact assessments and public involvement efforts. Mr. Spadea integrates visualization as part of the BrIM process.  As a registered engineer with more than 16 years of experience in bridge engineering, he has been involved in the design and FEM analysis of many signature bridges, major river crossings and visualizations for the public involvement effort. His expertise includes 3-D modeling and animation, and highly detailed photographic rendering composites. With more than 12 years of experience in transportation visualization, Joe understands the value of delivering stunning, high quality 3-D computer visualizations for our clients.  Many of his visualizations have been featured in prominent industry magazines, including Roads & Bridges Magazine.

Company Profiles

Bentley is a global leader dedicated to providing engineers, detailers, constructors, and owner–operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure.  Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2008 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Pennoni is an ENR top 100 Firm that has received numerous awards for their work and corporate culture. Pennoni employs more than 1,200 professionals in offices strategically located to serve a growing list of clients around the world. As a multidisciplinary firm, their breadth of services include transportation, bridge, civil/site, construction services, environmental, geotechnical, structural, water, wastewater, and more. Committed to providing the best solution for their client’s needs, Pennoni utilizes the latest technology to meet project and client requirements.