Track 7: Transportation Sector: A Closer Look

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Trends and Lessons Learned in Rail Transit; Design-Build Mega Projects2:30pm - 3:30pm

Trends and Lessons Learned in Rail Transit; Design-Build Mega Projects

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Rail transit has several unique challenges including close interaction with stakeholders, community impacts, integration of complex systems and extensive regulatory oversight. Design-build has been used for large rail transit projects for approximately 25 years. This presentation will provide an overview of the author's 20-year experience in the management of these projects. Trends, both positive and negative, are identified along with strategies to address those trends and lessons learned. 

1) Identify some of the major trends in the management of design-build, mega-rail transit projects.

2) Describe practical, real world lessons learned on these projects.

3) Provide strategies and recommendations in the management of these projects.

4) Engage with the audience on how the recommended strategies can apply to their projects.

The Anatomy of an ATC (Alternative Technical Concept)3:45pm - 4:45pm

The Anatomy of an ATC (Alternative Technical Concept)

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As an Owner, WSDOT brings significant Design-Build experience to the project allowing them to execute the project effectively. WSDOT uses this experience to evaluate Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs) during the proposal phase. During the execution phase of the project, WSDOT makes sure they receive the ATCs they expect while allowing the Design-Builder the latitude to be innovative and construct a quality project.

1) Explain the WSDOT process for selecting an ATC during the procurement phase of the project – Equal or Better.

2) Demonstrate how WSDOT distributes the proposed ATC information from unsuccessful DB teams to the selected DB team.

3) Describe how WSDOT works with the Design-Builder during the design phase to make sure WSDOT receives the ATC that the DB initially proposed.

4) During the construction phase, describe how oversight and quality verification of ATC items differ from other items

Thursday, October 29, 2020

How Smaller/Mid-sized Firms can still Compete and Succeed in the DB Industry11:00am - 12:00pm

How Smaller/Mid-sized Firms can still Compete and Succeed in the DB Industry

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This presentation hopes to help industry partners and owners recognize there are many areas to finding a niche and being successful in the Design-Build industry. Whether working with creative construction ideas, sharing innovative design skills with other designers, or providing pivotal guidance and oversight to owners, small/mid-sized companies can learn about progressive steps they can take and recognize they have opportunities to be influential and successful in continuing the success of Design-Build projects. 

1) Define Our Strategies to Deliver Innovative Ideas in the RFP stages. 

2) Demonstrate Efficient delivery of products in the Post Award stages.

3) Identify Areas to Effectively Control Costs.

4) Emphasize the importance of Creating/Sustaining/Continuing Relationships from project to project with owners, Designers  and contractors

How a Fixed-Priced, Variable Scope Procurement Can Achieve Project Goals12:00pm - 1:00pm

How a Fixed-Priced, Variable Scope Procurement Can Achieve Project Goals

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This session will educate the audience on the use of a fixed price, variable scope procurement while also showing that rewarding innovation and Owner perceived benefits through a “quality score” in a weighted criteria formula drives successful integrated delivery. The session will provide a behind the scenes look at how the successful design-builder developed a strategy to evaluate the variable scope items, provide innovation and benefits to the Owner and respond to the weighted criteria. 

1) Recognize alternative DB procurement options to deliver projects that are challenged by budget, schedule, scope, and political interests.

2) Differentiate the approach and challenges from a traditional DB procurement to a fixed price variable scope procurement.

3) Demonstrate how a variable scope fixed price procurement can be successful.

4) Understand the challenges of responding to a fixed price variable scope RFP.

State Department of Transportation (DOT) Panel Discussion3:15pm - 4:15pm

State Department of Transportation (DOT) Panel Discussion

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An open discussion of several significant topics affecting the national design-build and P3 market in transportation.

1) What do DOT agencies with large DB programs think about the significance of these relevant issues?

2) Are current market dynamics different and why are they affecting DB more than the traditional DBB?

3) How can we together as an industry help address these issues and improve upon the best practices currently in use?

4) Determine which activities owners are already putting in place and share these discussions with the rest of the DB industry.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Safety Improvements Design-Build: A Case Study on the Road to Saving Lives11:00am - 12:00pm

Safety Improvements Design-Build: A Case Study on the Road to Saving Lives

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As a cross-cutting case study of design-build procurement being utilized to maximize the benefits of roadway safety improvements, this presentation will challenge attendees to consider design-build delivery for non-traditional project types. Owner, engineer and contractor will provide insights into key aspects of the project from delivery model selection and development of the Request for Proposals to the design and construction of the safety improvements. Procurement and delivery challenges, solutions and lessons learned will be discussed. 

1) Describe the key components of MoDOT’s proven best value design-build procurement approach and how it fosters collaboration, partnership, and competition. 

2) Contrast this project’s innovative combination of the design-build approach and data-driven safety analysis to more traditional roadway and bridge design-build projects. 

3) Apply lessons learned from the project’s development to the attendee’s own design-build procurement. 

4) Recognize the project’s movement toward The Future of Design-Build in its innovative incorporation roadway safety into design-build and compatibility with various design-build deliver models.

P3s & the Balance (Imbalance?) of Risk Transfer12:00pm - 1:00pm

P3s & the Balance (Imbalance?) of Risk Transfer

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This session will focus on the design-build risk within P3 contracts. Discussion will be centered on design-build risk transfer between the project Owners and the private sector proposers and how optimum risk transfer ensures sufficient market participation and provides the true best value for public Owners.

1) Understand how a cost-certain, schedule-certain design-build contract plays a major role in the effective implementation of P3s. 

2) Discuss contractual risk allocation including considerations in allocating key technical risks to the private sector.

3) Learn about the importance of solid financial plans in effectively managing risk.