In 2017, MDOT piloted a Project PDF or ‘Plan and Profile’ strip map concept to replace PDF sheets in the Reference Information Documents (RID) for several projects. MDOT is also testing whether to include the Project PDF as part of the contract deliverables for the following projects this year as well.
Those pilots—which collectively cost $107 million—allows MDOT to utilize technology to review plans in both design and construction. This concept allows for time and cost savings in design by removing the need to develop plan sheets for construction of a project. The Project PDF is revolutionary, Michigan invented, and will spread to other states. Although simple in concept, the agency said it is a ‘necessary stepping stone for the future’ and benefits taxpayers, ultimately allowing MDOT to save money to use on other important projects across the state.