March 17, 2016
Innovation of the Month: e-Construction
A paper-based system for construction project documentation requires significant time and money to create, process and store. That’s why many states are turning to e-Construction to manage project documents in a paperless environment.
Through Every Day Counts, the Federal Highway Administration and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials are partnering to help states adopt e-Construction:
- It saves money by decreasing paper use, printing and document storage needs.
- It saves time by providing real-time access to data.
- It improves communication by allowing faster approvals and better document tracking.
- It can foster a more consistent approach to decision making.
To learn more about e-Construction benefits, view recordings in the e-Construction webinar series.
Read a research project report on using mobile technology for project inspection at the Minnesota, Texas and Washington State Departments of Transportation.
Read a pilot project report on evaluating the use of e-Construction technology in FHWA division offices.
Read About EDC-3 Progress
EDC-3 Progress Report #2 reflects the one-year progress of states in advancing selected innovations in the third round of Every Day Counts by December 2015—the midpoint of the initiative’s two-year cycle. Read how transportation stakeholders are implementing the 11 EDC-3 technologies and practices and advancing a culture of innovation.
Arizona Conference Explores Innovative Intersections
Diverging diamond interchanges and other innovative intersection and interchange geometrics were on the agenda at the Arizona Institute of Transportation Engineers—International Municipal Signal Association Conference. Participants also learned about the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. More than 500 city, county and state employees attended the annual conference on March 1 and 2 in Phoenix.
Indiana Common Paths Program Includes EDC Innovations
Road diets and roundabouts are part of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Common Paths approach to roadway planning, design and decision making that balances the needs of various travel modes to ensure safe, efficient and accessible transportation for all users. The Indiana DOT’s Complete Streets Guideline and Policy includes the EDC innovations on a list of countermeasures that promotes safe access for all road users. The agency introduced the road diet concept in fall 2015 during Common Paths workshops for designers, engineers, planners and decision makers at the state and local levels.
Maryland Kicks Off Metropolitan Planning Organization Roundtable
Representatives of Maryland metropolitan planning organizations joined Maryland Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and FHWA staff for the state’s first Metropolitan Planning Organization Roundtable meeting on March 7. The participants discussed metropolitan planning process responsibilities, shared best practices, and identified needs and areas for improvement. The roundtable, an example of regional models of cooperation, plans to meet twice a year.
Maryland Stakeholders Attend Pennsylvania Innovation Council Meeting
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council discussed the future of transportation in the region at its annual meeting on March 4. The council, an example of regional models of cooperation, provides a planning forum to address transportation-related issues and develop regional plans for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. Members reviewed strategies for leveraging transportation investments to support the region’s growth and adopted the Unified Planning Work Program for fiscal year 2016-2017. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx delivered keynote remarks at the meeting.
Innovation on Display at Massachusetts Conference
About 730 people attended the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Innovation and Tech Transfer Exchange Conference on March 8 and 9 in Worcester to learn about new ideas and see technology demonstrations. Sessions showcased innovations in construction, safety, maintenance, operations, planning, design and materials. The Massachusetts State Transportation Innovation Council held its quarterly meeting in conjunction with the conference.
Enter Your Innovative Projects in America’s Transportation Awards Competition
Accomplishments 2015: Innovation Through Collaboration details the progress Pennsylvania’s State Transportation Innovation Council made last year. According to the report, the STIC approved eight new initiatives, trained more than 1,000 transportation professionals and partnered with five Pennsylvania Department of Transportation districts to host Innovation Day workshops. The STIC also promoted innovations through hands-on demonstrations and presentations at industry conferences and events.