On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law a new two year transportation reauthorization bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act ("MAP-21"; P.L. 112-141).
“MAP-21 takes effect October 1, 2012. The new law provides $561 million in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and $572 million in FY 2014 for the Agency's administrative expenses and grant programs.
The first multi-year transportation authorization enacted since 2005
- Funds surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal
years (FY) 2013 and 2014
- Transforms the framework for investments to guide the growth and
development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure”
So what’s this got to do with Civil 3D
“Sec. 1304: Innovative Project Delivery Methods”
“The purpose of the innovative project delivery methods provision under Section 1304 of MAP-21 is to promote the use of innovative technologies and practices that increase the efficiency of construction, accelerate construction, improve the safety, improve the quality, reduce congestion from construction, and extend the service life of highways and bridges”
Sec 1503 (j)
(A) accelerate and improve the environmental review process;
(B) increase effective public participation;
(C) enhance the detail and accuracy of project designs;
(D) increase safety;
(E) accelerate construction, and reduce construction costs; or
(F) otherwise expedite project delivery with respect to transportation projects that receive Federal funding.”
A perfect fit for the Autodesk suites and BIM process.
Infrastructure Design Suite is a comprehensive software solution combining the tools to plan, design, build and manage utility and civil infrastructure.
- Plan and manage with improved insight
- Design smarter and faster with intelligent model-based tools
- Evaluate project performance with integrated analysis and simulation
- Communicate with visualisation across the lifecycle
I did not mean for this to seem like an Autodesk sales pitch, but join the dots, and decide. Here is the ROI on your Autodesk products and in the training of your staff as it applies to the proper utilization of the product. The opportunities are out there for grabs.
“The Federal share payable may be increased by up to 5 percent of the total project cost, not to exceed 100 percent, for projects determined to meet the requirements specified in 23 U.S.C. 120(c)(3).”1