Maryland State Highway Administration

Integrated Design System

The Integrated Design System (IDS) initiative at Maryland State Highway Administration started as a grassroots effort to help its design offices collaborate and improve productivity. We provided initial strategic planning services that resulted in an IDS Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan included the use of technology as a critical component in achieving the goas as quickly as possible. Maryland SHA hired RAM to help it accelerate the change designed to deliver better collaboration between its consulting engineering community and its design engineers; and to improve MicroStation CAD design productivity through the development of the next iteration of its CAD Standards. The collaboration between SHA and RAM resulted in numerous software applications. Maryland SHA's IDS initiative received the Federal Highway Administration's Trailblazer award in 2005.