Construction Management Software Tool to Enhance Coordination of Construction Projects City-Wide During Planning and Operation Phases

Overview

A comprehensive review of the current state of the practice in planning, coordinating and scheduling of work zone activities was conducted, and example tools and methodologies used by some state agencies were summarized. The research team also conducted an in-depth review of the two major computer tools developed for work zone coordination, the CIA tool by WSDOT and the WISE tool by the FHWA. The team identified the advantages and limitations of each tool and discussed the needs and requirements for NYCDOT/ NYSDOT for adopting these to be used in work zone coordination activities.

Next, in-depth interviews with various transportation agencies were conducted to review the current state-of-practice related to work zones by each of these agencies. As part of this effort, the research team interviewed NYCDOT, TRANSCOM, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) – New York City Transit (NYCT), New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC). The research team prepared ten general questions that were intended to identify the roles and responsibilities of various divisions within an agency and examples of work zone related activities with a focus on coordination, if any.

In addition to the general questions, the team had also prepared several specific questions that focused on planning, operational and strategic aspects of work zones. The intent of these specific questions was to understand the agency specific policies followed to deal with reducing the impact of work zones via planning and intra and inter coordination and collaboration.

Research Objectives

The main objective of this study is the assessment of the Construction Impact Analysis (CIA) and Work Zone Impact and Strategy Estimator (WISE) tools, and determination of the feasibility of their customization with respect to New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)’s needs and requirements, cost of adoption and modification, and related issues.

As a result of this evaluation, C2SMART researchers built the Data Driven Work Zone Impact & Conflict Estimation Platform (DWICE), a web-based tool to help coordinate work zones by cataloguing multiple types of work zone events, across multiple projects, on one-easy-to-read map, allowing users to predict and mitigate impediments to traffic flow, reducing system strain.

Personnel

Kaan Ozbay

Director, C2SMART
Professor, NYU

Kaan Ozbay is the Principal Investigator on this project.

Zilin Bian

Researcher, NYU

Zilin Bian is a Researcher on this project.

Hang Dong

Research Associate, NYU

Hang Dong is a Researcher on this project.

Matt Maggio

Affiliated Researcher, Rutgers

Matt Maggio is a Researcher on this project.

Camille Kamga

Affiliated Faculty, CCNY

Camille Kamga is a Co-Principal Investigator on this project.

Yubin Shen

Research Associate, NYU

Yubin Shen is a Researcher on this project.

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