The National Academies

NCHRP 10-96 [Final]

Guide for Civil Integrated Management (CIM) in Departments of Transportation

  Project Data
Funds: $250,000
Research Agency: The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: Dr. William J. O'Brien
Effective Date: 5/20/2014
Completion Date: 4/19/2016

Civil integrated management (CIM) is a term that has come to be applied to an assortment of practices and tools entailing collection, organization, and management of information in digital formats about a highway construction project. Traditional practices for transportation project delivery and management of system assets throughout their lifecycles have relied on analog display and archiving methods—notably drawings, plans, printed specifications, and traditional survey methods—but advances in design technology and in-field positioning are driving the business toward all-digital practices. Much of the incentive and leadership have come from construction contractors, but state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other transportation agencies are participating. CIM is meant to serve all project stakeholders (for example, owner, operator, constructor, designer, surveyor, planner, and operations or asset manager) and consistently provide appropriate, accurate, and reliable information throughout the asset’s lifecycle (that is, from initial planning through in-service maintenance and risk management). Interest in CIM has been supported in part by advances in vertical design and construction under the broad rubric Building Information Modeling (BIM). While there have been notable applications of CIM technologies in highway construction, CIM practices are not yet widely adopted in transportation projects of all scales. Neither the benefits nor the costs and management risks associated with adoption of CIM are well understood. This research undertook to assess the current state of CIM technology and practice; document the potential benefits, costs, opportunities, and risks associated with increased DOT use of CIM; and present this information in ways that will facilitate effective CIM use by DOT staff and advisors and encourage advancement of CIM tools and practices.

The objective of this research was to develop a guide to CIM that DOT managers can use to (a) assess their agency’s use of digital information in project delivery and subsequent asset management; (b) improve project quality and more effectively control costs through increased reliance on digital project delivery and asset management; (c) identify the particular opportunities, benefits, obstacles, and costs for their agency through increased reliance on digital project delivery and asset management; and (d) identify practical strategies for increasing reliance on digital project delivery and asset management. The guide draws on practices in vertical construction, case studies, and other experience of transportation agencies at various levels of reliance on digital project delivery and asset management, and an analysis of the value added by particular uses of digital or analog information storage and display throughout the asset lifecycle.  The resulting guide and supporting research report have been published in two volumes as NCHRP Report 831. Volume 1, the Guidebook, is available by clicking here. Volume 2, the supporting research report, is available by clicking here. An PowerPoint executive briefing suitable for presentation of key research results is available for download by clicking here.

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