Summary

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the United States Department of Transportation that specializes in highway transportation. The objective of this particular project was to identify existing, applicable and digital transformation lifecycle data standards. Then, using these findings, the development of a conceptual data standard, data governance approach and implementation plan. The products for Xentity’s task shall be the development of the following:

  1. Conceptual Data Standard
  2. Data Model and Governance Approach
  3. Implementation Plan
  4. Demonstration of the business case for data integration and the concept of CIM.

Problem and Solution

State transportation organizations have large amounts of data that are disconnected and growing rapidly. Identifying these various entities of data is important for data governance over the lifecycle of the asset these data entities are associated with. Building information modeling (BIM) is about managing data that is associated with infrastructure assets. Developing a governance framework for managing BIM for infrastructure data involves addressing various governance dimensions. These dimensions are planning, data supply and data delivery.

Planning involves establishing data governance components such as BIM and Civil Integrated Management (CIM). It ensures that an organization has a strategy. Once governance components associated with the “planning” dimension are in place, governance for the latter two take place. Next, data supply governance involves deploying components associated with management of authoritative data sources, data modeling and data quality. Finally, data delivery governance involves deploying governance components for data platforms an

Specifically, the products for Xentity’s task were to establish Conceptual Data Standard; Data Model and Governance Approach; Implementation Plan; and Demonstration of the business case for data integration and the concept of CIM. To support Federal Guidance for State Transportation Organizations (e.g. DOTs), the project delivered data frameworks which identified best practices and frameworks It also  explored the state of state transportation organizations, and presented maturity models in areas of:

  1. Establishing a foundation to govern BIM for infrastructure data: Data Management Strategy, Governance and portfolio Management
  2. Guidance on Governance Data Supply, BIM data sources, data modeling and quality
  3. Governing BIM data delivery and preservation framework, platforms & Architecture , data preservation and discovery

Outcome and Benefit

These practices covered identification of existing, applicable, and data transportation lifecycle data standards. Also, using these findings, the development of a conceptual data standard, governance approach and implementation plan. The applications of these concepts, introduced by Xentity, will coordinate with state highway agencies. Also, with other appropriate stakeholders.