Guide for Successful Implementation and Integration of Digital Construction Inspection Technologies into DOT Workflows

In recent years, the landscape of transportation infrastructure has been rapidly evolving, presenting state departments of transportation (DOTs) with a plethora of emerging methods and tools designed to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of field inspections. These advancements promise a revolution in the way inspections are conducted, potentially ushering in an era of streamlined, digitalized processes that can significantly augment the current capabilities of DOTs. However, this surge in available technologies has also brought forth a complex maze of choices, leaving DOTs grappling with decisions on which tools to integrate into their existing systems for optimal results. Moreover, the integration of digital tools into inspection activities is not just about the adoption of technology; it encompasses a broader spectrum that includes understanding the nuances of tool interoperability, training requisites, and setting achievable milestones. The transition to a digitalized inspection process is a multifaceted endeavor, requiring a holistic approach that considers various interconnected elements that contribute to a successful implementation. In addition, technology developers generate solutions faster than the transportation sector can implement them, and sometimes without a clear understanding of the needs and pain points important to DOTs. Because of this, there is a need for better public-private collaboration methods that will ensure a more agile and expeditious creation of tools that meet DOT needs and fit their workflows. A well-rounded framework will pave the way for a more streamlined and manageable digital inspection process, allowing DOTs to navigate the complex array of choices with clarity and confidence. The objective of this research is to develop a guide to assist state DOTs with: (1) implementing digital inspection technologies across the project lifecycle aligned with FHWA’s Advancing Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure — National Strategic Roadmap; (2) collaboration and engagement with technology developers, state highway agencies, vendors; and (3) streamlined digital data transitions throughout the DOT project lifecycle.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $600000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-142

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Abu-Hawash, Ahmad

  • Start Date: 20240528
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01919864
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-142
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 28 2024 4:18PM