What is E-Construction and Partnering?
State DOTs have traditionally administered contracts and managed construction of highway projects using extensive, paper-based documentation systems. By using digital E-Construction technologies, DOTs can enhance partnering among stakeholders on project teams, while improving communications and workflow to streamline the delivery of projects.
E-Construction is the creation, review, approval, distribution, and storage of highway construction documents in a paperless environment. Construction partnering is a project management practice where transportation agencies, contractors, and other stakeholders create a team relationship of mutual trust and improved communications to improve outcomes and successful completion of quality projects that are built on time and within budget, focused on safety, and profitable for contractors.
These practices can be used in concert to help deliver transportation improvements smarter and faster. The commonalities and synergies between the two offer opportunities for enhanced success when used together.
NJ Demonstrates Effectiveness of E-Construction Techniques
Stage of Innovation:
DEMONSTRATION (Dec. 2018)
During EDC-3 and EDC-4, NJ developed, assessed and demonstrated the utility of using e-Construction tools in its construction inspection services:
Utilized STIC Incentive Funds to Purchase Equipment. NJDOT conducted a pilot study of the use of handheld devices by Resident Engineers and inspectors for recording contract data such as daily work reports and pictures directly from field. The findings will be further analyzed for the cost effectiveness and system integration purposes.
Conducted Pilot Study of e-Builder Software. NJDOT's Division of Construction Services collaborated with the Division of Project Management in conducting a pilot study of use of e-Builder software system for electronic reviews of change orders and shop drawings, paper correspondence and electronic record-keeping.
E-CONSTRUCTION AND PARTNERING: NEW AND NOTEWORTHY