This study investigates the feasibility of State highway administration (SHA) collecting and storing three-dimensional (3-D) utility location data, as well as marking utilities with current technology. The research products are a report describing the potential costs, benefits, and barriers involved in collecting, storing, and maintaining a 3-D utility location database and stand-alone implementation guidance for use by State agencies.
(1) Determine the willingness of both State highway administrations (SHAs) and utility owners to have SHAs be the central repository of utility data within their right-of-way (ROW).
(2) Determine the potential cost to a SHA to collect and maintain three-dimensional (3-D) utility location data, as well as to mark utilities with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) (or similar) technology.
(3) Identify barriers SHAs may encounter in collecting, storing, and maintaining utility location data, as well as recommend ways to overcome these barriers.
(4) Document the potential benefits of having accurate utility location and characterization data available during the delivery of highway projects.