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Utilizing 3D Digital Design Data in Highway Construction - A Case Study

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Start Date: 
Monday, September 1, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016
FHWA Program: 
TRT Terms: 
Design; Infrastructure; Bridges; Construction; Research; Highways
FHWA Discipline: 
Construction and Project Management, Design, Generalist, Geotechnical, Operations, Marketing and Communications, Pavement and Materials, Structures
Subject Area: 
Bridges and other structures, Construction, Data and Information Technology, Design, Highways, Pavements, Research

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(202) 493-3365
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Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Abstract: 

Select a representative highway project to showcase the successful utilization of three-dimensional (3D) digital design data and use the information gathered from that project to develop broader guidance that can be used by highway agencies. Through a comprehensive case study, a representative highway construction project that successfully transitioned digital data from design to construction, the objectives in the Key Project Objectives field will be accomplished.


  • Fully document the process and policies that enabled the successful utilization of three-dimensional (3D) digital design data in construction.
  • Develop generalized guidelines based on this case study that also includes information on known design model formats and/or Extensible Markup Language (XML) schemas for highway agencies to properly generate accurate 3D models for downstream uses in construction and other phases of project delivery. 
  • Document differences and similarities of each design formats and/or XML and the associated design model challenges. With each model, address the areas of real-time verification, conduct quality assurance/quality check (QA/QC), and manage data.
  • Document and make recommendations for further development and deployment of the design model standards as the technology moves forward.
  • Document the types of costs and resources required by industry and agencies for implementation of these technologies.