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HDR Selected to Bring Pennsylvania DOT’s Vision of 3D-Only Plans to Reality

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has selected HDR to assist it in developing and implementing its 3D Digital Delivery initiative. The effort will redefine how infrastructure projects are designed and delivered in the state.

Through 3D Digital Delivery, the department expects that by 2025 all of its construction projects will have the ability to be bid using 3D technology such as building information modeling, rather than in a traditional construction plan format. This change is an important part of meeting the department’s larger goals of reduced project costs, improved design and construction efficiency, and reduced project risks.

HDR has been at the forefront of the BIM for Infrastructure evolution in the U.S., completing pilot projects in multiple states and working with industry groups such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to craft national standards. To assist PennDOT, HDR assembled experts from offices around the nation, with experience in developing policies and standards and applying these design tools to real-world projects.

The 3D Digital Delivery initiative is expected to cover every aspect of the department’s transition to fully electronic construction plans. This includes development of new processes for all phases of projects, from project delivery and design through post-construction efforts such as asset management. The HDR-led team will also be available to work with the department on revisions to existing policies and standards, developing contract language that reflects the change to electronic plans, education and training, and industry engagement.

“Adopting a complete digital delivery approach positions PennDOT as a national leader in infrastructure planning and delivery, and we’re excited to partner with the department to put it into action,” said Dan Giles, PE, HDR’s Project Manager. “Our experienced and knowledgeable team is ready to help PennDOT successfully implement this innovative initiative."