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Transportation Expansion Continues

By Linda Mastaglio

New projects unfold nationwide

Transportation in the News

One Week Left to Sign Up for Transportation Conference

This year, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) hosts its Design-Build in Transportation Conference March 27–29 in Minneapolis. “This conference continues to grow each year, bringing more than a thousand professionals and exhibitors who offer a wealth of real-world experience and project diversity to our participants,” DBIA CEO and Executive Director Lisa Washington says.

Charles Stein, PE, a design engineer with the Michigan Dept. of Transportation, concurs. “The DBIA Design-Build in Transportation Conference is a must for any state owner that utilizes alternative delivery procurements,” he says. “The conference provides opportunities to network with other industry leaders and gather valuable lessons learned.”

The event provides 20 technical sessions and five general sessions that cover topics ranging from public-private partnerships to progressive innovation and design-build best practices. Attendees can earn more than 12 CEUs, and exhibits and networking round out the conference offerings. For more information, visit transportation/Pages/default.aspx.

Transportation Planning in a Changing World

How do we cope with changing paradigms when it comes to transportation technology, planning and funding? Richard Humphrey, vice president of marketing for B2W Software, explains it this way: “In order to close the gap between demand for infrastructure and the funding to meet that demand, contractors need to adopt new technologies that increase productivity and efficiencies, while also making project delivery more predictable in terms of budget and schedule.” He believes that reducing risk through predictability can attract new funding sources. “Specialized construction management software is becoming an increasingly vital tool for contractors in infrastructure sectors, allowing them to manage costs and optimize efficiency and operational performance,” he adds.

As projects continue to grow larger in scope and more complex, they are also faced with expanding compliance and regulatory requirements. The question becomes: How will contractors manage risk, assume more responsibility, overcome obstacles and keep clients apprised at every stage?

Humphrey says that technology will play a predictable role in the evolving infrastructure construction landscape. He points to the current state of the industry, where technology is already changing the way construction is practiced. Software improvements lead to more accurate estimating capabilities. This allows companies to bid faster and with more accuracy, while eliminating many types of errors that were typical in the past. Humphry also notes that a unified and mobile platform for scheduling and dispatching, field tracking, maintenance and business intelligence can now virtually eliminate inefficiency, redundancy and the delays inherent in managing with spreadsheets, paper-based processes or independent software applications.

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