• Arup

    Civil BIM Implementation for Campus Projects


Project Summary

To modernize the delivery of civil engineering projects in its Madrid office infrastructure department, Arup implemented BIM methodologies—which are more commonly used for plant and architectural projects. Starting with USD 30 million in projects in Doha, Qatar, Arup used BIM processes to achieve cost and time reductions while improving quality and information accessibility.

Arup integrated all engineering disciplines using Bentley applications. Applying the BIM methodology to the civil engineering market — specifically, campus projects under development in Qatar — the Madrid office performance improved significantly.

The rollout of the first projects in the Middle East where the company employed its new civil BIM technology strategy has already produced a 30% time and cost savings. Information quality and accessibility also have improved. Using the BIM strategy has also reduced the risk of missed delivery deadlines.


Arup Madrid uses Bentley software to design 90% of its installations: AECOsim Building Designer for structures, buildings, and utilities; InRoads for road design; and SewerCAD and WaterCAD for sanitary sewer and water distribution network modeling. All of Bentley’s software products use a common engine, MicroStation, which allows Arup to work with different programs in the same environment. The products also interface well with third-party software.

  • Arup’s Madrid office realized significant improvement in performance with the implementation of BIM processes.
  • Bentley software is now used to design 90% of Arup Madrid infrastructure projects.
  • BIM methodology produced a 30% savings in project delivery time and cost.
User Quote:
  • “Arup has already produced the first projects using Civil BIM strategy, saving 30% of costs.”

    Oscar Julián BIM Manager, Infrastructure Department Arup