Monthly Archives: January 2016

Moving to an intelligent design environment

UDOT’s intelligent design effort includes moving to an all 3D work flow – a revolutionary change in the way state departments of transportation do business.

UDOT is leading the nation in important innovations which will save time, reduce mistakes, and conserve public funding.

3-D models allow every aspect of a road construction project to be viewed from any angle. State DOTs produce 3D design models that are then converted to 2D paper plan-sets to be advertised and delivered to the construction contractor. Plan sets are stacks of paper diagrams that illustrate each aspect of the project, such as pavement layers, drainage structures like pipes and culverts, underground geotechnical features, etc. The plan set production process is 60 to 70 percent of a UDOT designer’s time during pre-construction.

Often, contractors need to re-create a 3D model to build the project. By providing the contractor with a 3D model instead, UDOT will save an estimated 60,000 hours a year, the contractor won’t need to re-create the 3D model, and bid prices will likely be lower.

Other advantages of an all 3D workflow include

  • A more accurate view of project features
  • A more efficient use of technology during construction
  • Better communication between designers and contractors
  • Greater accuracy estimating quantities of materials for building the roadway
  • Elimination and mitigation of errors during design and construction
  • A higher-quality construction product
An image of a 3D road design

An image of a 3D road design

Automated Machine Guidance on I-80 shows important benefits

Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) allows contractors to use 3D models to program heavy equipment, like excavators and pavers, to work automatically. Most contractors use AMG.

UDOT recently realized some important benefits by providing the 3D model to the contractor on the I-80 Silver Creek to Wanship paving project. Coring tests after paving showed two deficient pavement cores versus eight deficient cores compared to non-AMG pavement. AMG also resulted in fewer ‘must-grind’ corrections. These advantages add up to longer pavement life.

In 2016, Region Two will advertise the I-215 resurfacing project using the 3D model for information only. Providing this model will save the contractor from having to create a 3D model from scratch, may allow for better bid pricing, provide the construction crews with the ability to check final grade with a GPS unit, and help locate underground utilities.

An AMG concrete paver on the I-80 Silver Creek to Wanship project

An AMG concrete paver on the I-80 Silver Creek to Wanship project

Future vision

Eventually, UDOT would like the contractor to return post-construction 3D ‘as-built’ files which show how the project was ultimately built. With 3D files in hand, UDOT designers will have a much easier task when future work is necessary.

UDOT to start #WorkForUsWednesdays

At the Utah Department of Transportation, we’re always looking for dedicated, skilled employees to Keep Utah Moving. In order to further that goal, we’ve decided that it is appropriate to increase the visibility of our job openings that are currently available.

Every Wednesday, we’ll post on our blog (and on our social media channels) the latest openings throughout the Department. You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

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These jobs are those that are publicly available in the Department.

This week’s #WorkforusWednesday jobs:

Recruitment #07553 – Structural Steel Quality Assurance Tech (Eng Tech III) Complex – Central Materials,
Opens 1/27/16, Closes 2/3/16
The successful applicant will perform structural steel, welding, and structural coatings inspections and other miscellaneous material inspections, samplings and testings.  They will perform specialized testing of materials and analyze their physical and chemical properties to verify compliance with standards and to ensure that quality products and materials are used in building and maintaining state roadways.

Recruitment #06472 – Transportation Technician I – Seasonal and On-Call Positions, Region 2 (Salt Lake, Tooele, Summit Counties)
Open until filled
There are more than ten seasonal and on-call positions in various locations for applicants to choose from, and this is a fantastic way to “get your foot in the door” to a more permanent UDOT job. The selected applicant assists a highway maintenance crew in the performance of difficult highway maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes. Duties include operating a variety of specialized heavy equipment including but not limited to ten-wheel dump trucks, roadway maintenance equipment, and/or sanders and snowplows, etc. The main purpose of this position is to remove snow from the state’s roadways.

Recruitment #07495 – Transportation Technician II, R-4, Huntington
Opens 1/25/16, Closes 02/08/16
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.

Recruitment #07527 – Contract Administrator (Purchasing Agent II), Complex, Salt Lake City
Opens 01/25/2016, Closes 02/01/2016
Incumbents in this position follow procedures with minimal instruction in the preparation of consultant pool selection procurements and contracts to assure the flow of services and construction. They’ll follow qualifications-based selection processes regarding the procurement of engineering and engineering related services consultants.

Recruitment #07469 – Archaeologist (Research Consultant I), Region 2 – Salt Lake City
Opens 01/25/16, Close 02/07/16
The incumbent in this position serves as the lead region archeologist and is responsible for ensuring legal compliance on region projects with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, and other federal and state regulations relating to cultural resource management.

UDOT employee remembered as one who bled orange

Scott James Buckalew — affectionately known as “Buck” to his friends and coworkers at UDOT — passed away from a battle with cancer on December 31, 2015. A native of Utah, he was born November 1988, went to Bingham High School, and married his wife, Shantelle, in Draper in 2012.

The 27-year-old transportation tech started his career at UDOT as a seasonal worker in 2012. He was hired on permanently later on, and worked all of his time at Maintenance Station 224 on the west side of West Valley City. He recently worked on the SR-36 (Tooele Main Street Project), and during his chemotherapy, was consistently pushing his bosses to allow him to work when he could. His favorite duty at UDOT was plowing snow, and took great pride in keeping his assigned area as drivable as it could be.

Scott "Buck" Buckalew with his wife, Shantelle.

Scott “Buck” Buckalew with his wife, Shantelle.

 

He bled orange at work and at home, and because of that, Shantelle will be presented with a special Silver Barrel Award in his honor. Just before his passing, he apologized to his boss for not being able to plow the roads for him, and felt like he was letting the department and the residents of Utah down for not being able to complete his job. He also requested that the specific truck that he drove for three years for the department would be present at his funeral.

Funeral services are today at 2:00 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South.   A viewing will be from 12:30-1:45 p.m. prior to services. Interment will be at Valley View Memorial Park.

The entire UDOT family mourns the passing of one of its own, and turns its thoughts to Buck’s family. His memory will remain with us forever as we remember his “Bleed Orange” spirit and the impeccable service rendered on Utah roads.

Those interested in helping the family pay for what has been almost insurmountable medical costs can do so by contributing to the family’s GoFundMe account