The Coronavirus pandemic caused many infrastructure agencies such as state Departments of Transportation and their consultants to transition to a “remote workplace” model, with project team members working from their homes. However, social distancing creates many obstacles to the coordination and collaboration needed to keep projects moving forward. A typical infrastructure project requires a high degree of collaboration within the project development team, within the agency responsible for the project, with other agencies and stakeholders impacted by the project, and with the general public. This paper describes how real-time Cloud-based 3-D modeling and visualization integrated with remote collaboration technologies provides solutions to these challenges by aiding the design review and approval process with both engineering professionals and the general public.
The pandemic taught us many things. In this case, how to maximize time, space and people’s availability to meet and get information efficiently.