Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 37-06. Emerging Technologies for Construction Delivery

Numerous technologies for automating construction delivery have become available in the past few years. Many are becoming widely accepted and used, and they offer opportunities for cost reduction, quality improvements, and expediting project delivery. This synthesis study will provide information on the use of these technologies by transportation agencies for construction of projects. The technologies to be explored will be: (1) GPS for layout, machine guidance, and quantity tracking; (2) hand held computers for construction records (e.g., inspection, materials testing, and quantity tracking); (3) automated temperature tracking for concrete maturity monitoring to optimize concrete placement for bridge and road construction, (4) 4D CAD modeling for constructability analysis and for improved communications (public outreach; visualization of project staging); and (5) remote project monitoring with web-based video cameras. The focus of the study is on technologies used directly in the construction of a project. Information will be gathered by literature review, survey of State DOTs (contacts identified through the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Construction), and Canadian Provinces. There will be interviews with agencies who have successfully adopted these technologies for project construction, and contractors who have participated in implementation.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

    P.O. Box 5116
    Hattiesburg, MS  USA  39406
  • Principal Investigators:


  • Start Date: 20051015
  • Actual Completion Date: 20061231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11621

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462982
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:14PM