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P3 Case Study: Florida’s I-595

As it is for most drivers on the road, for most transportation projects, time is of the essence.

Last month, we discussed how some states have been successful using Public-Private Partnerships (P3) as a tool to deliver transportation projects. South Florida’s Interstate 595 P3 project is one such project, finishing years ahead of schedule and achieving superior results for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) because of this alternative solution.

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Toll System Integration Project Documentation – What’s the Right Balance?

Tolling agencies have adopted a fairly liberal approach to documentation requirements when sourcing new systems – the more documents, the better.

A typical contract calls for several levels of system design documentation, including extensive testing plans and scripts, integration plans, migration plans, and maintenance plans. These documents are often in addition to a full suite of project control documentation, such as plans for project management, quality management, communications, risk management, and contractor management.

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Factors for Success as a P3 State

Why do Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) succeed in some states and falter in others? Success doesn’t come easy.  The degree of each state’s or project’s success can be argued, but the following items have and will help pave the way for states to find more success when implementing P3 projects and programs.

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Could changes in Washington affect Section 404 permitting?

Getting Section 404 permit approval from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a process that can take up to 3 years. A process that requires federal and state interagency coordination to review hundreds of pages of permit applications that are opened for public comment, all while running on lousy coffee. Now, imagine the process with 20 percent less staff.

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ENR Webinar: RS&H’s Tim Witsil presents the latest on visualization

Tim Witsil

The challenge architects and engineers often face is how to thoroughly present plans that show their vision.

For years, designers, contractors and owners had to rely on two-dimensional drawings to convey their ideas. Everything changed with the arrival of three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD). Even today’s 3D renderings come up short when trying to offer a holistic view of a jobsite.

But the latest visualization technology – virtual reality – is changing the way we communicate and experience the built world. Introduced and advanced by the video game industry, virtual reality (VR) has found its way into the AEC industry.

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