- SPECIAL REPORTS
- THE MAGAZINE
Bentley Systems Incorporated, announced that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has implemented Digital InterPlot to streamline engineering operations, project plan management, and electronic bid solicitation.
With this implementation of the collaboration server for plot management, UDOT has established a managed environment that enables a higher level of coordination in planning, reduced construction costs, and greater operational efficiency. UDOT will cut printing, packaging, and mailing costs by an estimated $192,000 per year with Digital InterPlot and will complete construction projects more quickly by cutting significant time out of plan revision cycles.
Digital InterPlot is streamlining the way UDOT engineers, outside contractors, and suppliers create, store, and share construction plans. Users can create digital plot sets from engineering data stored in DGN, DWG, and raster formats, and make them available via a Web browser for viewing and printing. Now all project team members can obtain up-to-date plans no matter what tools they use. The implementation is part of UDOT’s Electronic Plan Room (EPR) initiative to lower costs and make collaboration more efficient by eliminating paper-based plan distribution.
“The UDOT Electronic Plan Room allows contractors to save time by getting instant access to plans when they are first made available and when changes occur,” said Greg Herrington, UDOT EPR Project Manager. “Furthermore, we expect the EPR to encourage a wider range of contractors nationwide to bid on UDOT projects.”
Bentley helped UDOT to integrate the EPR with its Electronic Bid System, designed to increase the efficiency of the bidding process while reducing costs for both taxpayers and construction companies. Using the Electronic Bid System, contractors access detailed information on upcoming projects by visiting UDOT’s Web site (www.udot.utah.gov). Bidders can prepare and submit their bids on-line. The bids are then stored in an independent, third party vault until they are opened and a contract awarded.