State departments of transportation (DOTs) are expanding the use of electronic engineering data (EED) throughout highway projects — from design and construction through asset management. Included under the umbrella of EED are technologies such as building information modelling (BIM), digital terrain models (DTMs), and 3D models and plan sets. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Digital Project Delivery (DPD) Initiative is spearheading the transition to EED in the state. While digital delivery promises to streamline project development and management it does not come without hurdles. This report discusses methods for agency wide implementation of EED and highlights best practices for managing, communicating, and storing data as well as the potential legal ramifications of using 3D models as contract documents. While no state or federal laws preclude the use of EED as contract documents, as KYTC adopts paperless plan sets it must (1) perform its due diligence to ensure all processes comply with relevant statutes and regulations, (2) develop guidance for managing EED and transmitting records to external parties, (3) put clear guidelines into place for creating and preserving records, and (4) partner with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate the rollout of digital delivery.

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