California Department of Transportation
 

Caltrans Five Stages of Research Deployment

1. Concept Stage

  • First steps following Problem Statement and Proposal Development
  • Includes detailed literature search
  • Involves experimental design, data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Assesses results of research
  • Defines barriers to implementation (e.g., policies, specifications, standards)
  • Submits a Final Report and outlines a recommended implementation plan
  • Includes collaboration with outside agencies or other state DOTs and US DOT
    (Applies to all Stages of Deployment)

2. Laboratory Prototype Stage

  • Develops breadboard circuit or computer system modeling
  • Demonstrates operation in laboratory setting
  • May incorporate customized or one-of-a kind components
  • Assesses results
  • Submits Final Report and recommends design of full scale demonstration
  • Potential end users are enlisted to support the field pilot stage

3. Controlled Field Demonstration Stage

  • Prepares for full scale testing of demonstration project
  • Controlled tests at specialized facilities are observed and supported by cooperating agencies, industry, and technical associations
  • Potential end users are enlisted to support the field pilot stage
  • Assesses results
  • Submits Final Report and recommends site/conditions for first application pilot stage

4. First Application (Contract) Field Pilot Stage

  • Works with potential end users to select site and to conduct pilot testing under real world operating conditions
  • Test specifications and standards are developed
  • Research assistance given to assure proper installation and operation
  • Problems are corrected and adjustments made, as necessary, to complete pilot testing
  • To the extent possible, potential end users operate the project under careful research surveillance
  • Assesses results
  • Submits Final Report and recommends initial sites for full corporate deployment
  • Potential end users are enlisted to support the field pilot stage

5. Specification & Standards with Full Corporate Deployment Stage

  • End users select site(s) and deploy the method/process/equipment using resident management, supervision, staff, and contracting forces (where applicable)
  • Deployment is without research supervision or direction
  • On call assistance is available upon request
  • Assesses results