Development and implementation of utility relocation cost estimation system
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This thesis explores how to leverage information management techniques in developing a database system which can store, access and query data to generate preliminary cost estimate reports for utility relocations in highway construction projects. Although cost estimation for utility relocation is an essential part of most transportation projects, there are very few ready-to-use cost database or software platform available to fulfill this purpose for state DOTs personnel. Therefore, the research aimed to develop a database system that can provide estimates with historical cost data. The unit cost data used in this database are derived either from the executed utility agreements between TxDOT office and utility owners or a publicly available open source database. The estimated costs are computed with these pre-stored data. As a result of the research, the Utility Relocation Cost Estimation Database system was completed and has been handed over to TxDOT Austin District for further tests and implementations.