ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 113 - 06/24/2011

New Congressional Bill Designed to Encourage 3-D Technology for Road, Highway Construction

Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) earlier this month introduced a bill (H.R. 2089) to promote the use of three-dimensional computer technologies in transportation projects that receive federal funding. The measure, which has five co-sponsors, is under consideration in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

 

For such projects, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) would “identify and encourage the use of advanced technologies, including three-dimensional modeling and simulation software, during environmental, planning, financial management, design, simulation, and construction processes related to the projects.”

 

Toward this end, DOT would do the following:

 

  • Compile information relating to advanced technologies, including industry best practices relating to the use of the technologies.
  • Disseminate to states such information relating to advanced technologies.
  • Promote the use of advanced technologies.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for states regarding best practices relating to the use of advanced technologies.

 

“In case after case across the country, 3D technology cuts construction costs, shortens construction time, and improves roadway quality,” Guinta said. “In a time when federal revenue is very limited, we must stretch every tax dollar and get the most from it. This technology does that.  It’s good for the taxpayer, good for the engineering and construction crews that design and build our highways, and good for the people who travel on them. It’s a win-win for everyone. We’ve seen that 3D technology works. So let’s put it to work for all Americans.”

 

Original co-sponsors of the Technology Helps Revamp, Evaluate and Expedite Designs bill include Reps. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), Heath  Shuler (D-N.C.), and Albio Sires (D-N.J.).

 

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