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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Civil engineering, Architecture engineering, Construction engineering


The integration of BIM and GIS is the subject of considerable research, particularly as the two coalesce for the purpose of information management. Large scale infrastructure projects require best practice in terms of how information is managed given the volume of information generated throughout the project lifecycle and the numerous parties requiring access to project content. This paper investigates whether the integration of BIM and GIS can enhance information management on large scale linear infrastructure projects. The research comprised a literature review and interviews with a number of BIM/GIS professionals actively working on linear infrastructure projects across the world. Some of the key findings to emerge from this research include the use of GIS web platforms to act as ‘gateways’ to project content, the importance of the CDE for information management, the use of ETL tools for moving data between BIM and GIS and finally the criticality of skilled personnel for ensuring the tools and workflows are applied correctly. The key findings resulted in a proposed implementation strategy for BIM-GIS integration for large scale linear infrastructure projects such as MetroLink. This research demonstrates that BIM and GIS complement each other when it comes to information management and the synergies between them strengthen the case for further integration.