NCHRP 10-111: Guide for 3D Model Viewers for Construction Inspection

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HOME MyTRB CONTACT US DIRECTORY E-NEWSLETTER FOLLOW US RSS About TRB Annual Meeting Calendar Committees & Panels Programs Projects Publications Resources & Databases NCHRP 10-111 [RFP] Guide for 3D Model Viewers for Construction Inspection Posted Date: 4/7/2022 Project Data Funds: $400,000 Contract Time: 30 months (includes 1 month for NCHRP review and approval of each interim report; and 3 months for NCHRP review and for contractor revision of the ?nal report) Authorization to Begin Work: 9/1/2022 -- estimated Staff Responsibility: Christopher T. McKenney Phone: 202/334-2218 Email: RFP Close Date: 5/27/2022 Fiscal Year: 2022 BACKGROUND Advances in technology have introduced equipment and tools to facilitate three-dimensional (3D) engineered models for construction, including the use of automated machine guidance (AMG) for grading and excavating; ?ne grading and base preparation; and concrete paving. Contractors traditionally use the contract plan sets to create their own 3D models, but a trend to deliver digital data as a supplement to the plan sets is emerging. Incorporating 3D model-based design has enabled project teams to communicate design intent to downstream users more effectively, and offers opportunities to improve overall ef?ciency of the highway infrastructure project delivery process. However, changing the medium of construction contract information also creates a procedural challenge for ?eld inspections. To replace two-dimensional (2D) plan sheets with 3D models could make it challenging for inspectors to accomplish ?eld veri?cation of contract requirements, which requires user-friendly tools speci?cally designed for construction inspection tasks to review contract requirements in a new, digital medium. Therefore, research is needed to aid state departments of transportation (DOTs) to evaluate the technical requirements for the selection of 3D model viewers to be implemented for model-based construction inspection. OBJECTIVE The objective of this research is to develop a guide for state DOTs to evaluate the technical requirements for the selection of 3D model viewers for construction inspection. RESEARCH PLAN The research plan should (1) include a kick-off teleconference with the research team and NCHRP convened within 1 month of the contract’s execution; (2) address how the proposer intends to satisfy the project objective; (3) be divided logically into detailed tasks necessary to ful?ll the research objective and include appropriate milestones and interim deliverables; and (4) incorporate opportunities for the project panel to review, comment on, and approve milestone deliverables. Accomplishment of the project objective will require at least the following tasks. TASKS Task descriptions are intended to provide a framework for conducting the research. The NCHRP is seeking the insights of proposers on how best to achieve the research objective. Proposers are expected to describe research plans that can realistically be accomplished within the constraints of available funds and contract time. Proposals must present the proposers'' current thinking in suf?cient detail to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and the soundness of their approach to meeting the research objective. Phase I — Planning Task 1. Conduct a literature review of relevant research and current state-of-practice related to 3D model viewers for construction inspection. The review shall include published and unpublished research conducted through the NCHRP; Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); and other national, international, state, and pooled-fund sponsored research. Task 2. Conduct a survey of DOTs to identify 3D model viewers currently used for construction inspection. Collect data needed to achieve the research objective with consideration of the maturity of applications of 3D model viewers. Note: The survey shall be reviewed and approved by NCHRP before distribution. Task 3. Synthesize the results of Tasks 1 and 2 to identify the knowledge gaps for evaluating and selecting 3D model viewers for construction inspection. These gaps should be addressed in this research or in the recommended future research as budget permits. Task 4. Propose a methodology to achieve the research objective to be fully developed in Phase II. At a minimum, the methodology shall address the following: Identify the construction inspection activities that can utilize 3D model viewers; De?ne a list of disciplines that can utilize 3D model viewers (e.g., utilities, drainage, structures, etc.) and the elements that are typically included in a 3D model; De?ne a glossary of standard terminologies and applications used with 3D model viewers; Identify 3D model viewer technology to support construction inspection using 3D engineered models. This should include, but not be limited to, the functionality of software/hardware and technology, the ability to provide simple interface via mobile applications, the capability to connect with construction administration systems, and the capacity to function without Internet or Wi-Fi connection; Identify the data exchange standards and requirements (e.g., industry foundation classes (IFC)) to ensure compatibility and continuous ?ow of data from inception to asset management, including the creation or development of digital as-built drawings; Identify the advantages and disadvantages using 3D model viewers for construction inspection activities and elements; Identify any desired features and capabilities not currently provided by existing 3D model viewers; Develop a criteria-based assessment to assist construction inspectors, to include, but not be limited to, hardware requirements, of?ine capabilities, user capability functions, and data input/output format compatibility; and Develop resources that identify potential implementation requirements, procedures (including quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA)), strategies, training needs, and challenges as it relates to 3D model viewers. Task 5. Propose a preliminary outline for the guide based on the proposed methodology. Task 6. Prepare Interim Report No. 1 that documents Tasks 1 through 5 and provides an updated work plan for the remainder of the research. This report should include a presentation to demonstrate examples of the capabilities of 3D model viewers with corresponding inspection activities assessed from Task 4. This report must be submitted to NCHRP no later than 6 months after contract execution. The updated work plan must describe the process and rationale for the work proposed for Phases II though IV. Note: Following a 1-month review of Interim Report No. 1 by the NCHRP, the research team will be required to meet in- person with the NCHRP project panel to discuss the interim report. Whether in-person in Washington, D.C. or online, NCHRP will host the meeting and be responsible for any panel member costs to attend meeting. Work on Phases II though IV of the project will not begin until authorized by the NCHRP. PHASE II — Methodology Development Task 7. Develop the methodology according to the approved Interim Report No.1. Task 8. Develop examples to demonstrate the developed methodology. The selection of the examples should include at a minimum the identi?ed 3D model viewer technologies in Phase I and should include at a minimum 4 to 6 representative case studies of state DOT construction projects on different infrastructure types that showcase: Successful integration of 3D model viewers for construction inspection; Varying expertise levels of 3D model viewer product delivery; and Utilization with cross-agency disciplines to include, but not limited to, maintenance, utilities, bridge, and right-of-way. Task 9. Provide a detailed description of every chapter and section of the proposed guide and complete a sample chapter that is publication-ready of the proposed guide. The guide should include a proposed implementation plan for state DOTs to integrate 3D model viewers for construction inspection. Task 10. Prepare Interim Report No. 2 that documents the results of Tasks 7 through 9 and provides an updated work plan for the remainder of the project. This report is due no later than 8 months after approval of Phase II. The updated plan must describe the work proposed for Phases III and IV. Note: Following a 1-month review of Interim Report No. 2 by the NCHRP, the research team will be required to meet in person with the NCHRP project panel to discuss the interim report, if necessary. Work on Phases III and IV of the project will not begin until authorized by the NCHRP. PHASE III — Guide Development Task 11. Develop the guide according to the approved Interim Report No. 2. Task 12. After NCHRP approval of the draft guide, plan and conduct a workshop with 20 representatives of DOTs and other stakeholders to review the draft guide and implementation plan. Revise the draft guide according to the outcomes of the workshop. The invited representatives shall be approved by NCHRP. Note: For the purpose of estimating these costs, assume that the workshop will be held at a TRB facility (Keck Center in Washington, D.C. or the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA). NCHRP will provide the meeting spaces. The contractor will be responsible for invitational travel (except for panel members who may attend) and catering costs. Task 13. Prepare Interim Report No. 3 that documents the results of Tasks 11 and 12 no later than 8 months after approval of Phase III. The updated work plan must describe the work proposed for Phase IV. PHASE IV — Final Products Task 14. Revise the draft guide and workshop materials considering the NCHRP’s review comments. Task 15. Prepare a ?nal deliverable that documents the entire research effort. Final deliverables should include, at a minimum (1) a research report documenting the work performed and used to develop the guide, (2) the guide as a stand- alone document, (3) presentation material, and (4) technical memorandum on implementation (see Special Note C). Note: Following receipt of the draft ?nal deliverables, the remaining 3 months shall be for NCHRP review and comment and for research agency preparation of the ?nal deliverables. SPECIAL NOTES A. The Information and Instructions for Preparing Proposals for the Transportation Research Board’s Cooperative Research Programs were modi?ed in November 2020 to include maximum ?le size and page limits for all CRP proposals. Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF ?le with a maximum ?le size of 10 MB. The PDF must be formatted for standard 8 ½” X 11” paper, and the entire proposal must not exceed 60 pages (according to the page count displayed in the PDF). Proposals that do not meet these requirements will be rejected. For other requirements, refer to chapter V of the instructions. B. Proposals should include a task-by-task breakdown of labor hours for each staff member as shown in Figure 4 in the brochure, "Information and Instructions for Preparing Proposals" ( Proposals also should include a breakdown of all costs (e.g., wages, indirect costs, travel, materials, and total) for each task using Figures 5 and 6 in the brochure. Please note that TRB Cooperative Research Program subawards (selected proposers are considered subawards to the National Academy of Sciences, the parent organization of TRB) must comply with 2 CFR 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. These requirements include a provision that proposers without a "federally" Negotiated Indirect Costs Rate Agreement (NICRA) shall be subject to a maximum allowable indirect rate of 10% of Modi?ed Total Direct Costs. Modi?ed Total Direct Costs include all salaries and wages, applicable fringe bene?ts, materials and supplies, services, travel, and up to the ?rst $25,000 of each lower-tier subaward and subcontract. Modi?ed Total Direct Costs exclude equipment, capital expenditures, charges for patient care, rental costs, tuition remission, scholarships and fellowships, participant support costs and the portion of each lower-tier subaward and subcontract in excess of $25,000. C. The NCHRP is a practical, applied research program that produces implementable products addressing problems faced by transportation practitioners and managers. The bene?ts of NCHRP research are realized only when the results are implemented in state DOTs and other agencies. Implementation of the research product must be considered throughout the process, from problem statement development to research contract and beyond completion of the research. Item 4(c), "Anticipated Research Results," must include the following: (a) the "product" expected from the research, (b) the audience or "market" for this product, (c) a realistic assessment of impediments to successful implementation, and (d) the institutions and individuals who might take leadership in deploying the research product. The project panel will develop and maintain an implementation plan throughout the life of the project. The research team will be expected to provide input to an implementation team consisting of panel members, AASHTO committee members, the NCHRP Implementation Coordinator, and others in order to meet the goals of NCHRP Active Implementation: Moving Research into Practice, available at D. Proposals are evaluated by the NCHRP staff and project panels consisting of individuals collectively very knowledgeable in the problem area. Selection of an agency is made by the project panel considering the following factors: (1) the proposer''s demonstrated understanding of the problem; (2) the merit of the proposed research approach and experiment design; (3) the experience, quali?cations, and objectivity of the research team in the same or closely related problem area; (4) the plan for ensuring application of results; (5) how the proposer approaches inclusion and diversity in the composition of their team and research approach, including participation by certi?ed Disadvantaged Business Enterprises; and, if relevant, (6) the adequacy of the facilities. Note: The proposer''s approach to inclusion and diversity as well as participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises should be incorporated in Item 11 of the proposal. E. Copyrights - All data, written materials, computer software, graphic and photographic images, and other information prepared under the contract and the copyrights therein shall be owned by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The contractor and subcontractors will be able to publish this material for non-commercial purposes, for internal use, or to further academic research or studies with permission from TRB Cooperative Research Programs. The contractor and subcontractors will not be allowed to sell the project material without prior approval by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. By signing a contract with the National Academy of Sciences, contractors accept legal responsibility for any copyright infringement that may exist in work done for TRB. Contractors are therefore responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions for use of copyrighted material in TRB''s Cooperative Research Programs publications. For guidance on TRB''s policies on using copyrighted material please consult Section 5.4, "Use of Copyrighted Material," in the Procedural Manual for Contractors. F. If the research approach includes human subjects testing, proposers should be aware that contracts will be subject to approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This review may be conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s IRB, but NASEM will delegate the review to the contracting agency’s IRB if that agency’s process meets all federal requirements for the protection of human subjects. Proposals should be uploaded via this link: Proposals are due not later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on 5/27/2022. This is a ?rm deadline, and extensions are not granted. In order to be considered for award, the agency''s proposal accompanied by the executed, unmodi?ed Liability Statement must be in our of?ces not later than the deadline shown, or the proposal will be rejected. Liability Statement The signature of an authorized representative of the proposing agency is required on the unaltered statement in order for TRB to accept the agency''s proposal for consideration. Proposals submitted without this executed and unaltered statement by the proposal deadline will be summarily rejected. An executed, unaltered statement indicates the agency''s intent and ability to execute a contract that includes the provisions in the statement. Here is a ?llable PDF version of the Liability Statement. A free copy of the Adobe Acrobat PDF reader is available at General Notes 1. According to the provisions of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 21, which relates to nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs, all parties are hereby noti?ed that the contract entered into pursuant to this announcement will be awarded without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. 2. The essential features required in a proposal for research are detailed in the current brochure entitled "Information and Instructions for Preparing Proposals". Proposals must be prepared according to this document, and attention is directed speci?cally to Section V for mandatory requirements. Proposals that do not conform with these requirements will be rejected. 3. The total funds available are made known in the project statement, and line items of the budget are examined to determine the reasonableness of the allocation of funds to the various tasks. If the proposed total cost exceeds the funds available, the proposal is rejected. 4. All proposals become the property of the Transportation Research Board. Final disposition will be made according to the policies thereof, including the right to reject all proposals. 5. 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