Digital Delivery can be the project delivery standard throughout the Federal Aid Highway Program (FAHP) in five years, but only if state departments of transportation decide it shall be done. E-Ticketing is becoming an extraordinary example of this market power. The response to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) EDC-6 initiative on e-Ticketing is record breaking for EDC, an FHWA partnership with the states established over a decade ago. Forty-three state, territorial and federal transportation infrastructure agencies and the District of Columbia, have notified FHWA of their decision to select the e-Ticketing initiative for implementation in their jurisdictions.
As the construction industry transitions into the digital future, e-Ticketing provides the link between the digital and physical worlds. With digital models becoming legal documents, e-Ticketing provides a mechanism to pinpoint the exact coordinates where materials were placed on a job site. This completes the loop from design to build with the materials data now fully geolocated and embedded with design details which allow for better data-driven decision making and understanding of project performance over time. This allows for better data-driven decision making and understanding of project performance over time.
There is a national movement to digitize an antiquated paper ticketing process. The utilization of paper tickets can compromise safety on the jobsite and does not fully capture data that can be used in a wide array of applications. Digitization benefits the entire supply chain and adds value to the owner for the entire life of the asset. It is one distinct segment of the digital project delivery continuum that will illustrate the power to accelerate transformation through policy and leadership. There are champions of change throughout the agencies that administer the FAHP. It is incumbent upon policy leaders to support these innovators and make digital delivery a priority.