This article highlights some of the findings presented in National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 216, "Implementation of Technology from Abroad" (TRIS 677781). The purpose of Synthesis 216 was to examine previous and current experience with identifying, introducing, and implementing foreign transportation technology and methods (FTTMs). It contains information compiled, through a review of literature and surveys, on the formal and informal processes that have been used by U.S. agencies to use technologies and methodologies from abroad. The focus is on experience from the highway and public transportation modes, within which are covered the issues of administration and planning, design and construction, and operation and maintenance. The synthesis also identifies the institutional and cultural factors that have affected the ease of implementation. This is done primarily by examining a variety of case studies. The discussion in this article is organized under the following section headings: Survey Findings; Case Studies; Quickchange (Trademark) Moveable Barrier; Insights from the Case Studies; Outlook for Foreign Technologies; and Conclusions. Following the discussion is a checklist of questions that should be asked by anyone contemplating the application of a foreign technology.


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 31-36
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 180
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00713068
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 25 1995 12:00AM