Guide to Lifecycle Data and Information Sharing Workflow for Transportation Assets

The adoption of various advanced computerized technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) modeling, LiDAR, and geographic information systems (GISs) is making a transformative change--from an analog to a digital data-based system. This has an impact on how project information is produced, exchanged, and managed throughout the lifecycle of a transportation project . With ample evidence and success stories from the vertical construction industry and some promising case study results from the highway industry, the significant improvement of data and information sharing between project participants and across various project development stages is possible with a model-based project delivery process and electronic and digital data transfer systems, which will in turn translate into increased productivity and efficiency in project delivery, accountability, and asset management. The adoption of various advanced digital technologies has enabled a large portion of the project lifecycle data to become available in digital format. However, due to the fragmented nature of the highway industry sector, digital datasets are being archived, and managed separately. Due to this, transportation assets as a whole have not yet fully benefited from the growing amount of digital data since digital data from distinct actors are yet to be linked and fully reused. The purpose of this research is to enhance the understanding of data and information workflow during the lifecycle of transportation assets by capturing the industry knowledge and experience and developing a business process map and a data sharing map. Through seamless exchange of data and information throughout the project lifecycle, a significant amount of effort can be saved, and high efficiency can be achieved. The research aim is to develop a guide to help professionals of state departments of transportation (DOTs) understand the digital data and information flow during the project life-cycle for various type of transportation assets including pavements, bridges, culverts, signs, guardrails,and so forth. This project will help by identifying business processes that require data sharing during the project lifecycle and identifying data exchange requirements (specifying which data need to be shared and by whom). The project objectives will be achieved by conducting an intensive literature review, benchmarking the vertical industry, and conducting focus group discussions with industry professionals from various disciplines and phases. This project is expected to enhance the process of data and information sharing, and, consequently, help to reduce operational costs of highway assets.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $152500
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Midwest Transportation Center

      Iowa State University
      2711 S Loop Drive, Suite 4700
      Ames, IA  United States  50010-8664

      Iowa Department of Transportation

      800 Lincoln Way
      Ames, IA  United States  50010

      Iowa Highway Research Board

      Iowa Department of Transportation
      800 Lincoln Way
      Ames, IA  United States  50010

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Iowa State University, Ames

      Institute for Transportation
      2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
      Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664
    • Performing Organizations:

      Iowa State University, Ames

      Institute for Transportation
      2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
      Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664
    • Principal Investigators:

      Jeong, H David

      Jahren, Charles

      Shane, Jennifer

      Cetin, Kristen

    • Start Date: 20160801
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180131
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01618649
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Midwest Transportation Center
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Dec 2 2016 8:49AM