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Suggested Citation:"APPENDIX B Interview Tool." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Effective Utility Coordination: Application of Research and Current Practices. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24687.
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61 INTERVIEWEE: ________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________________________________________________________ AGENCY: 1. Discuss utility coordination at your DOT. a. What methods stand out as contributing to your utility coordination success? b. How would you improve your DOT’s handling of utility coordination? c. Do you measure utility coordination effectiveness qualitatively or quantitatively? d. Have you made any recent changes to the way you conduct utility coordination? Any incorporation of recent research? e. In what ways do you feel you are effectively applying recent utility coordination research and current practices? f. Have you incorporated any new technologies within utility coordination recently? Have those been successful? g. How and when should utility coordination be initiated during a project? 2. Do you use consultant-led utility coordination? If so, what leads to that decision? What is your experience with it—benefits, problems, etc.? 3. Do you think proper training and education exists for utility coordination and can you provide an example? 4. Discuss any knowledge gaps and needs relative to utility coordination. 5. Could you briefly describe a project with your DOT with successful utility coordination? How about a project that was problematic? APPENDIX B INTERVIEW TOOL

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TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 506: Effective Utility Coordination: Application of Research and Current Practices documents the state of the practice regarding utility coordination. The objective of the project was to determine how previous research has been incorporated into current practice and compile information about how transportation agencies and utility stakeholders are scoping, conducting, and managing effective utility coordination. The report documents the core elements of effective utility coordination, as reported by state transportation agencies (STAs); current practices to manage consultant-led utility coordination, both stand-alone and those incorporated into design contracts; and current practices to perform in-house utility coordination.

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