PennDOT Digital Delivery Directive 2025

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PennDOT Digital Delivery Directive 2025

A Statewide Transformation to 3D Design and Delivery

A leading state for electronic construction management, Pennsylvania is continuing its national leadership with the Digital Delivery Directive 2025. This game-changing effort will modernize the project delivery processes and contract document media used by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, incorporating digital data and 3D technology.

HDR is leading the planning and implementation of the transformational initiative, which aims to provide the ability to bid all PennDOT construction projects using 3D technology by 2025. This improvement allows for streamlined processes, more robust datasets and improved communication of design intent. This results in higher quality designs, reduced change orders in construction and better data for use in asset management. Our responsibilities include developing the modeling requirements, processes, workflows, workforce development and legislative revisions needed to realize this digital transformation. HDR will also provide guidance in development of new contract language for design and construction.

From 2D to 3D Design

PennDOT’s current construction contract documents comprise 2D plans in PDF format. Through the digital delivery directive, 3D engineered models will replace these PDF plans. All project elements will be contained within a signed and sealed digital model that would include 2D and 3D model elements with attached attributes and references. By selecting elements within a digital model, users will also be able to access 2D representations of related traditional details or call outs along with relevant calculation data. Model elements could also include photos, videos, documents and hyperlinks attached by users to show more detail.

These digital models will be used on the project site by contractors and construction inspectors, who will benefit from a more complete representation of the design intent delivered in a more directly usable format. The improved usability will enhance construction planning and mean less time extracting information, such as for estimating and construction layout. Comprehensive information and links mean the contractor’s foremen and PennDOT’s inspectors can use the digital model to reference details such as the pay item name, number and units connected to a specific part of a project.

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Mapping Out a Digital Transformation

To execute the initiative, HDR is drawing upon national and international guidelines for implementing digital delivery, as well as taking into account PennDOT’s unique needs. The first step was to assess the needs and staff familiarity with relevant technology. That assessment will help tailor the development and deployment of future phases.

The initiative is being implemented in three phases: Strategic Planning, Development and Deployment. After the initial assessment is complete and a strategic plan is created, next steps include developing new roadway, bridge and drainage standards, supporting pilot projects to test processes, workforce development efforts and new visualization processes.

The shift to 3D will touch every part of the project delivery process, from design to construction to post-construction activities such as maintenance and asset management. Each of these activities will require new quality management workflows and revisions of existing PennDOT policies, standards and guidance.

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