Frequently Asked Questions
Historically, Digital Delivery referred to the transition from manually drafted, physically embossed and signed plans to the delivery of PDF plans. Over the last seven years, Digital Delivery has evolved beyond simple PDFs and includes the practice of conveying 3D model geometry and other digital data as legal documents in representing engineering designs for construction.
The Digital Delivery program encompasses various components such as software, hardware, and process modifications that will have an impact on all aspects of our business operations. One of the key changes is the integration of 3D modeling into our design processes, regardless of whether we are delivering traditional PDF plans or 3D models as the legal documentation instead of plans. These models, along with other digital data, will have implications on how roadways are constructed and inspected in the field. Additionally, the enhanced asset information will result in changes to roadway maintenance practices and future planning approaches.
For over 100 years, TxDOT has been a prominent institution, adapting to the evolving landscape of technology and development. Throughout its history, TxDOT has consistently embraced advancements to improve its operations. Now, as the agency embarks on the next phase of its journey, the transition to Digital Delivery represents a significant milestone. This move towards digital innovation not only ensures greater accuracy and efficiency in design and construction processes but also paves the way for enhanced collaboration and communication across all stakeholders involved. As TxDOT continues to forge ahead, this transition will undoubtedly shape the future of transportation infrastructure in Texas.
Digital Delivery has a comprehensive impact on all disciplines within our organization, including roadway, drainage, structures, and more. It also influences and brings about changes in every stage of a roadway's lifecycle, ranging from planning and design to estimates, construction, maintenance, and asset management.
- Complete design coverage for every square inch of the project
- Highly accurate model-based quantities.
- Enhanced project communication and collaboration
- Clear communication of design intent.
- Reduced overall project risk
- Automated data extraction of project assets.
- Enables more precise, comprehensive, and competitive bids
- Significant reduction in Requests for Information (RFI) and change orders during construction
- Seamless translation of data from design to construction and beyond
- Lower overall construction costs
- Improved safety during construction
TXDOT is currently in the initial stages of implementation, where Digital Delivery processes will gradually be integrated into the organization's design and construction programs. As this implementation progresses, it is expected to evolve over time. During the phased implementation of Digital Delivery across different parts of TxDOT's program, advance notification, along with essential support resources, industry engagement, and training, will be provided to ensure a smooth transition.
The exact details of what will be delivered through the Digital Delivery program are currently being developed within TXDOT, and this will involve a gradual transition or evolution over time. It is important to note that this process cannot be accomplished overnight, emphasizing the need to stay updated and informed about the guidance and updates that will be published on the TXDOT website. It is worth mentioning that the level of complexity of each project will determine the level of detail required in its implementation under the Digital Delivery program.
The Digital Delivery program is not a singular event or immediate rollout. Instead, it comprises multiple components that will be implemented strategically, following thorough testing, piloting, and the development of comprehensive training materials.
The implementation of Digital Delivery is a transformation taking place across the industry, with numerous states undertaking similar programs. Several states have already achieved successful project deliveries through the adoption of these innovative tools and workflows. TXDOT recognizes the importance of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, actively communicating with other states to learn from their experiences and collectively engage with industry partners. While TXDOT takes a leading role in digital delivery, it remains committed to engaging with other agencies and industry partners as it progresses in this exciting journey.
States actively transitioning to Digital Delivery:
- Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)
- California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
- Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)
- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
- Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
- Iowa Department of Transportation (IowaDOT)
- Kentucky Transportation Commission (KYTC)
- Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
- Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT)
- Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)
- New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT)
- New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)
- Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
- Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)
- AASHTO Joint Technical Committee on Electronic Engineering Standards
- FHWA BIM for Infrastructure pooled fund
- Associated General Contractors of Texas (AGC), 3D Task Force
- Highway Engineering Exchange Program (HEEP)
This website will serve as the primary hub for information regarding TxDOT's Digital Delivery initiative. It will provide a comprehensive range of resources, including guidelines, standards, training materials, and other relevant documents, as they are developed. To ensure you stay up-todate, we strongly encourage you to sign up for notifications to ensure you have timely access to the latest resources and updates related to the Digital Delivery program.