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 [...]
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.
Tolling agencies have adopted a fairly liberal approach to documentation requirements when sourcing new systems – the more documents, the better. But what is the right balance that protects the owner while allowing contractors to deliver projects in an efficient manner?
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.
As a college graduate, landing your first job is a big to-do. There’s the hassle of filling out redundant application information for multiple companies, the exciting initial phone screenings, and (with any luck) a few in-person interviews. But the path to a great first position is not traveled by the seat of one’s pants. So how do you ensure that you are hitting the mark when beginning your search?
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 [...]
As you begin developing a tolling or managed lane facility in a new area, the challenge becomes how to introduce tolling in a manner that will quickly gain acceptance. Introducing tolls and managed lanes to new markets can effectively be broken down into the following five steps.