February 2017: A University of Texas at Austin research team led by Dr. William J. O’Brien, worked in conjunction with members of the University of Colorado Boulder to create a guidebook that sets a standard for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) in Civil Integrated Management (CIM). This guidebook has gained national prominence for its innovation and has been funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) in cooperation with the Transportation Research Board.
DOTs deliver projects in a complex environment that involve the participation of many stakeholders with different objectives. The collection and utilization of digital information for project delivery has increased with advancements in computational capabilities, design technology, and field positioning systems. CIM encompasses the tools and practices that facilitate the process of digital project delivery and asset management. CIM, as a lifecycle process, caters to the data requirements of various project stakeholders.
This project scoped the principal CIM technologies for highway sector and modeled the workflow for digital project delivery and asset management. The study developed and validated a Guidebook that included a three-stage hierarchical framework for agencies to evaluate and implement CIM. The three stages include planning from current capabilities (using a maturity model), assessment of future capabilities (using benefit-cost analysis), and implementation considerations (compilation of best practices and lessons learned).
The Guidebook serves as both an information resource and an implementation guide for practitioners at various key positions in the highway agencies. The DOTs can tailor the recommendations presented here to develop detailed guidelines matching their organizational needs.
To find more information on the project or to access the guidebook itself, please visit the following website.