January 24-28, 2021
Washington, D.C.
TRB 100th Annual Meeting

Evolution of Project Delivery Information Systems: Where We Were and Where We Are Headed

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Convention Center 2020
Aaron Costin, University of Florida, presiding
Sponsored by Standing Committee on Construction Management (Changed to AKC10 on 4/15/2020); Standing Committee on Information Systems and Technology (Changed to AED30 on 4/15/2020); and Joint Subcommittee on Information Systems in Construction Management (with AED30)




Organized as an interactive session, this workshop offers a critical evaluation of the history and evolution of project delivery information systems used for transportation projects. First, case studies from major projects and power users will be presented. Attendees then will break into small groups, each led by a presenter with predefined discussion questions, to have a deeper dialogue and to analyze the case studies. Finally, the results will be reported back to the general workshop, followed by a question-and-answer session by a panel of experts. The goal is to identify lessons learned and best practices from history to develop recommendations for the future generation of transportation projects.


Structured Data: The Future Promise of BIM
Connor Christian, HDR

The BIM process is changing the way we deliver projects. Model based project delivery is being applied on transportation projects across the US with successful results. Individual projects are recognizing the increase in quality and decrease in change orders. But the greatest return from the BIM Process comes from structured data being transmitted seamlessly between stakeholders. In this session we will explore how the BIM process can change project delivery from its current state to a fully realized process of data integration. We will discuss roadblocks and obstacles to this evolution and the places in the BIM Process where evolution is most likely to begin.

Thought Provoking Questions and Ideas
1. To work in a project delivery method with structured data everyone needs to play a part. What can you do to begin creating or using structured data?
2. There is immense value for each stakeholder in creating and using structured data. What do you think is the greatest value that structured data holds for you and your organization?
3. There are many current issues that are holding back the industry from its use of structured data. What are the top three issues you see and would you classify them as roadblocks or obstacles?

Field Data Acquisition, Access, and Analysis
Ron Perkins, Jobsite Tech Group

With an ever expanding list of devices and means of field data acquisition tied to project delivery systems it is growing more important every day to automate or streamline as many of these data paths as possible. The session will discuss technology such as UAV, Rovers, 360 Cameras, Laser Scanners and more. Leveraging these technologies is critical because of the accuracy and efficiency they bring to the project. Incorporating this data in the project workflow while maintaining integrity is only the first step in the process. Maintaining the data and adding functionality to manipulate or run analysis during project delivery is the stage we will further explore during the session.

Thought Provoking Questions and Ideas
1) Identify data acquisition processes required for project delivery that are currently very manual and provide the most efficiency gains if automated or streamlined (Daily reports, etc.)
2) Compare data processing times from current manual state to automated or semi-automated state to measure ROI
3) Suggest best path forward for organizations considering adopting new technology and best practices designed to streamline data acquisition


No More Orange Field Books: Eliminating Siloed Data Through Unified Databases and Integrations
Chad Schafer, Infotech

Data is everything, and everything is data. The way we capture, store, and report that data is rapidly evolving. We used to write letters to communicate news to our friends - now we scroll through Instagram, where every personal status update has been collated for us. Information has never been more accessible, and thus, the need to manage it properly has never been greater. The first step to successful information exchange is moving beyond isolated, disparate systems where data becomes siloed. Unified databases allow data to be captured and exchanged through different business areas with consistent reporting at every stage at both a job and program level. Introducing an integrated system for data exchange vastly improves cross-departmental collaboration and ensures projects are delivered with accuracy and efficiency. This brings some new challenges from the Orange Field Books of how to unify the data, integrate with the different business areas and ultimately data governance.

Enhancing Project Delivery for Earthwork QC/QA Using Intelligent Inspection
David White, Ingios Geotechnics, Inc.

When it comes to compacted geo-materials, Intelligent Inspection (I2) is coming. I2 solves a long-standing industry problem of QC/QA processes having to rely on spare, indirect, and random testing. In the geomaterials world, we live with measuring/documenting < 0.1%. I2 is the data driven processes that assure geomaterials meet design requirements using a combination of advanced testing technologies resulting in 99.9% documentation. The presentation will provide examples from ongoing projects and introduce ideas for implementation.

Thought Provoking Questions and Ideas
1. State-of-practice in the earthwork QC/QA field is falling behind state-of-the-art. How do we close the gap?
2. Can data driven processes in earthwork QC/QA deliver better quality construction? What are the challenges and risks?

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Development of eConstruction Mobile Applications and Software Systems
James Foringer, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

This presentation will share the journey of the in house development of eConstruction systems at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from early conception to Executive Support and deployment. It will include lessons learned, continued development and plans for the future including utilization of all the data being collected.

Thought Provoking Questions and Ideas
1. How will 3D Modeling, and Virtual Reality change construction documentation and eConstruction?
2. How can the data being generated be leveraged to change construction and materials acceptance procedures and drive specification changes?

On the Front Lines of Change
Francesca Maier, Fair Cape Consulting LLC

How we got over the models and learned to follow the data: A look back over a decade of BIM for transportation project delivery, from white papers and alpha software to mature standards. We will identify themes and catalysts for taking a cool idea to widespread use.

Thought-Provoking Questions and Ideas

1)  Best practices and case studies for unification of and collaboration on your data (security, accuracy, where did it come from, utilization).

2)  How the technology advances in construction are changing how we communicate and how people will need to be trained.

Virginia Department of Transportation Construction Division Digital Transformation Strategy
Julia Simo, Virginia Department of Transportation

Technology is changing the way we traditionally have been delivering projects. As more construction personnel embrace technology, Virginia Department of Transportation has dedicated resources to allow the construction division to be more efficient and mobile. This presentation will discuss policy updates, new contractual requirements, business strategies, and various initiatives that will allow VDOT to improve its data analytics capabilities with long term benefits to asset management and maintenance. 

Thought provoking ideas: 

  • The biggest obstacle to innovation and change is human management. What are the lessons learned in managing change as it relates to personnel and executives for a large DOT? 
  • Partnering with industry is the key to a State DOT's success, and in large part the industry innovates before policy does. What are best practices to continue partnering with industry and fostering an innovative environment for project delivery?
  • As an industry we are striving to get to a BIM/CIM environment. Megaprojects and complex projects have started embracing 3D and 4D environments. As these projects continue advancing is this realistic for cookie cutter projects, and if so how long will it take?
  • Silicon Valley has realized that the construction industry is ready for digitization, and more software companies are advancing their technological solutions. An open source environment is vital for transportation industry to provide the right tool for the right person. Will different companies work with a data standard that can be used across all platforms or will it require the transportation industry to continue developing a data standard policy, and how long will it take?