“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
Who can forget that movie ending quote by Doc Brown in Back to the Future. Lucky for those of us in the road construction business, roads will be around for a long, long time, but the goals, vision and changes coming thru the Model Based Design & Construction (MBDC) process will feel like a shift as large as the thought of a world without roads. Case in point, imagine building a nine-mile highway, complete with bridges, overpasses, exits, etc. with no paper plan sheets. Based on conversations during the UDOT MBDC Workshop on February 4th, sooner than later, this will be the new norm. How quickly we get there will ultimately come down to collaboration.