Technology advances are occurring so quickly that ideas often go from fantasy to reality to dependency in only a few years, rather than decades. The evolution of smartphones within the past 10 years alone is a testament to the rapid pace of our advancing technology.
3D technology is pushing the transportation industry to the brink of major transformation. In the midst of the most significant transition since the advent of Computer Aided Drafting, the industry is becoming faster and more cost-effective thanks to the ability to communicate in 3D. Presenting projects in 3D is no longer just an artistic concept; it is now a tool used to develop the actual design.
RS&H has been heavily involved with the First Coast Expressway in Northeast Florida, and the job is crossing over into other facets of office life. Such is the case when RS&H Water Resources Associate Oliver Shahbazian and a team of coworkers got together to build a miniature golf hole for “Build-Putt-Give,” a charity food [...]
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been reminding us that the primary reason for deploying autonomous, connected vehicles (AV/CV) and connected automated vehicles (CAV) technology is to increase public safety. While system capacity, efficiency, reduced fuel consumption and increased sustainability are all secondary benefits, the federal agencies regulating the technology are [...]
There’s a big difference between looking at a picture and being in a picture. When we think about new building developments or project proposals, we usually end up looking at pictures to help visualize the structures. They may be artful renderings or computer-generated graphics, or even three-dimensional models, but how we consume all of [...]
With all of the variable approaches to tolling, the one constant we seem to face is opposition. The success of the interstate system and gas tax funding make it difficult for some individuals to accept pricing in providing transportation solutions. Do not be surprised by resistance. Even if your project represents substantial improvement [...]
The tolling aspects of operations and maintenance are usually a high priority during pre-procurement and procurement. Through all the ups and downs of procurement there is not much time for owners to plan their management of the implementation, let alone the operations and long term maintenance. The details of the owner’s management processes, staffing and resources typically don’t get developed until sometime during construction when the operating period starts to become a reality. As the project moves forward and milestones are reached in both design and construction, the owner is able to take a step back and ask the question, “Now what?”
Historically, the AEC industry has been quick to take on new technologies like BIM (building information modeling) and VDC (virtual design and construction). Still, many AEC professionals may wonder what exactly a game engine is.
As we continue to see the many new advances that are being made in the area of transportation technology, we cannot help but wonder what the transportation and tolling industry will look like in 10 to 15 years. Will the current business models for tolling agencies be the same? Will the need for [...]