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Emerging Technologies for Construction Delivery (2019)

Chapter: Appendix C - Case Examples Interview Questionnaire

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C - Case Examples Interview Questionnaire." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Emerging Technologies for Construction Delivery. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25540.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C - Case Examples Interview Questionnaire." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Emerging Technologies for Construction Delivery. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25540.
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101 The objective of this synthesis is to provide state DOTs with information about specific emerging technologies that are in varying stages of implementation for highway construc- tion. Specifically, the synthesis will (1) identify and document technologies currently in use by DOTs to deliver construction projects, (2) document benefits and drawbacks of using emerg- ing technologies, (3) identify opportunities to improve construction delivery, (4) identify barriers that DOTs have experienced in applying specific technologies to construction deliv- ery, and (5) document lessons learned in the application of specific emerging technologies and their use by DOTs for highway construction. The synthesis will focus on the following technologies: • Visualization and modeling technologies for constructability, communication, and docu- mentation during construction; • Interconnected technologies for construction vehicles, equipment, and tools at construction project sites; • Safety technologies used during construction for DOT and contractor workers and the traveling public; • Instrumentation and sensors during construction to evaluate short-term or locked-in boundary conditions (e.g., the support conditions of structural elements) or member forces in specialty projects; • Uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for construction monitoring, documentation, survey and inventory; and • Any other promising technologies currently in use by DOTs. Agency: _______________________________________________________________ Interviewee(s): _______________________________________________________________ Time and date: _______________________________________________________________ General Information 1. Which of the following technologies are you able to discuss in terms of their use at your DOT agency? Visualization and Modeling Interconnected Technologies Safety Technologies Instrumentation Unmanned Aircraft Systems Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No A P P E N D I X C Case Examples Interview Questionnaire

102 Emerging Technologies for Construction Delivery 2. What are the driving forces for using technologies at your agency? 3. Who decides when a certain technology can be used? Does your agency allow contractors to use technologies at their discretion? Please explain. 4. What type of training does your agency have in place for employees to learn about tech- nologies and their use for highway construction? 5. Please indicate and explain the primary barriers that your agency had to address to implement the listed technologies for highway project delivery using the table below. Barrier V is ua liz at io n an d m od el in g In te rc on ne ct ed te ch no lo gi es Sa fe ty te ch no lo gi es In st ru m en ta ti on U nm an ne d ai rc ra ft sy st em s Cost Unaware of benefits (agency and/or contractor) End-user lacks technical skills Lack of equipment to use technology Contract/payment terms/legal issues Lack of clear specifications Conflicting technology standards Conflict with existing specifications and tolerances Lack of design support Hardware/software issues (interoperability; availability; maintenance; support) Inaccurate information/data Others (please explain): 6. What are the success factors of implementing technologies for highway project delivery in your agency? Please review and note the success factors that your agency observed in the table below. Success Factor V is ua liz at io n an d m od el in g In te rc on ne ct ed te ch no lo gi es Sa fe ty te ch no lo gi es In st ru m en ta ti on U nm an ne d ai rc ra ft sy st em s Cooperation with contractors Cooperation with design staff Knowledge of expected benefits Clear and comprehensive specifications End-user training Equipment sharing between contracting parties Hardware/software vendor support Agency promoting its use Reduced manpower Improved productivity More accurate placement of work Ease of use Pilot tested its use Use of a comprehensive implementation plan Comprehensive user guidance and support Other (please explain):

Case Examples Interview Questionnaire 103 Visual and Modeling Technologies 7. How does your agency initiate the use of visualization and modeling technologies for a construction project? 8. What are the benefits of using visualization and modeling technologies for highway construction? 9. What are lessons learned from using visualization and modeling technologies? Interconnected Technologies 10. How does your agency initiate the use of interconnected technologies for a construction project? 11. What are the benefits of using interconnected technologies for highway construction? 12. What are lessons learned from using interconnected technologies? Safety Technologies 13. How does your agency initiate the use of safety technologies for construction delivery? 14. What are the benefits of using safety technologies for highway construction? 15. What are lessons learned from using safety technologies? Instrumentation and Sensors 16. How does your agency initiate the use of instrumentation and sensors technologies for a construction project? 17. What are the benefits of using instrumentation and sensors technologies for highway construction? 18. What are lessons learned from using instrumentation and sensors technologies? Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) 19. What type of equipment do unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) carry (e.g., surveying, mapping, LiDAR, cameras, etc.)? 20. How does your agency initiate the use of UASs for construction delivery? 21. What are the benefits of UASs for highway construction? 22. What are lessons learned from using UASs? Final Thoughts 23. Does your agency have any manuals, documents, or guidance for use of the technologies mentioned in this study? If so, can you share that information? 24. Do you have any recent projects that have used any of the five technologies? If so, can you share the project information/documentation related to the use of technologies? 25. What other technologies is your agency currently using that were not discussed?

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The uses and levels of maturity of five advanced technology areas visualization and modeling, interconnected technologies, safety technologies, instrumentation and sensors, and unmanned aircraft systems in transportation highway construction projects are documented in TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 534: Emerging Technologies for Construction Delivery. The synthesis also investigates the implementation barriers and success factors for these technology areas and discusses the lessons learned as noted by state DOTs in their effort to study, test, and implement a new construction technology.

As the highway construction industry infuses more technologies into the process of project delivery, state DOTs have an opportunity to realize improved project performance regarding cost, schedule, and quality.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) initiatives promote the use of various advanced and emerging technologies (e.g., automated machine guidance, unmanned aircraft systems, building information modeling, handheld instruments and devices, and work zone intrusion detection systems).

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