Texas DOT implements digital delivery initiative for new bridge projects

By Jenny LescohierJuly 20, 2022

The new initiative comprises the Digital Delivery of Digital Twin models for bidding and construction projects using 3D models created during the design process (Photo: Bentley Systems)

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has launched its Bridge Digital Delivery initiative in an effort to further its stated vision to deliver mobility, enable economic opportunity and enhance the quality of life in the state.

With more than 80,000 centerline miles of highway and more than 14,000 employees statewide, TxDOT manages the largest highway system in the United States. 

The new initiative comprises the Digital Delivery of Digital Twin models for bidding and construction projects using 3D models created during the design process. The use of intelligent 3D models enables better designs to ensure project intent and faster constructability reviews, reducing change orders and requests for information.

TxDOT will use infrastructure engineering software provider Bentley System’s OpenBridge system for all new bridge projects effective June 1, 2022. Its TxDOT Bridge initiative is part of a larger Digital Delivery initiative that also includes roads and highways.

Digital Delivery will help TxDOT project designers to create and review numerous design alternatives and what-if scenarios. This in turn allows for better constructability reviews and optimization of project costs.

“I would like to express my congratulations and appreciation to the teams that are carrying forward the vision for 3D Digital Twin design at TxDOT,” said Jacob Tambunga, director of plan development with TxDOT. “Tremendous initiatives, like these, will continue to take much teamwork and skill for successful outcomes. We look forward to continuing our work with Bentley on bringing Digital Delivery and a Digital Twin to the State of Texas.”

For its part, Bentley said it’s proud to partner with TxDOT and congratulates TxDOT for leading the way in Digital Delivery to improve and advance infrastructure for the state of Texas.

“We are so impressed with the leadership TxDOT is demonstrating in Digital Twin delivery,” Gus Bergsma, Bentley’s chief revenue officer, said. “I think this is exactly what our product leadership at Bentley had in mind, when they set out to build new tools for transportation projects, and we’re excited to be working with TxDOT and other DOTs to deliver more with Digital Twin technology.”

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