for complete transparency. Without the data, the Zak Dirt team would have to measure volumes by manual truck counts and coordinate with the Colorado Department of Transportation. “We pulled it up with them in the room and showed them cross-sec- tions, or we could print the reports,” said Angelo Mancina, Zak Dirt’s corporate treasurer, who also handles GPS surveying. “Then, we were able to print the DXF CAD files and hand it over to the customer to maintain transparency about the project progress.”
The Quadri Connection The challenge for the DOT is to bring that data together into a visual and near real-time digital space. That is where an integrated common data model platform such as Trimble Quadri can help. More than just a digital twin, Quadri is an integrated common data model solution that is a proven collaboration platform that serves as a constructible plan and drives BIM-based workflows. With this platform, designers are able to design in the tools they are most familiar with and share the data with others who may not be as skilled in those design tools. It’s a straightforward next step to le- verage this integrated common data model in the field to maximize the value of 3D models from concept and construction to operation and maintenance. Connecting data from multiple sources, the data flow to and from an integrated common data platform is simplified through open formats, apis or import/export capabilities. The significance of an integrated common data model for trans- portation agencies will become increasingly important as more state and federal government groups require 3D models for digital delivery of projects. FHWA’s EDC-6 program now includes an e- Ticketing and Digital As-Builts initiative that emphasizes the use of digital information, such as 3D design models and other metadata, and enhances the future usability of as-built models for operations, maintenance, and asset management of highway project data. EDC-6 will change the way transportation agencies and contrac- tors work together—and that’s just the beginning, said Norman Anderson, Chairman and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure, a firm focused on global infrastructure project development, in a recent presentation about reviving U.S. infrastructure for the Trimble Dimensions Spotlight Series. “Over the next 10 years, infrastructure assets will transform into intelligence assets. This is as big a transition as you will see in your lifetime. It's the biggest transition in 120 years, since the advent of the internal combustion engine,” he said. “From my point of view, the public sector – states, municipalities, localities, the federal public sector – are absolutely critical in leading this transition of our infrastructure into smarter assets we can manage efficiently.” The effective sharing and transmission of constructible project data, the ability to use that data to work smarter, faster, and greener throughout the construction lifecycle and the technology solutions that help bring those plans to life on the jobsite are all part of the digital transformation underway in construction. For transportation agencies, this allows the ability to stretch taxpayer dollars further on infrastructure projects that are better quality and built to last.
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CYNDEE HOAGLAND is Senior Vice President of Global Accounts and Corporate Partnerships at Trimble.
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