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Guidelines for the Operation of Interdisciplinary Teams

Description: In the State of Washington interdisciplinary teams have been formed for transportation planning for all projects having a major social, economic or environmental impact. The responsibilities of the teams are as follows: (1) Conduct in-depth studies; (2) Develop and implement a community involvement program; and (3) Develop a departmental recommendation for solutions to transportation problems. The interdisciplinary teams that have been used have had a wide variety of disciplines represented. The purpose of this document is to outline procedures and discuss methods that will assist interdisciplinary team members and project engineers in carrying out their responsibilities. Part 1 deals with the organization and responsibilities of the team and of its members. Part 2 sets forth ten steps recommended for teams to follow in carrying out their charge. Part 3 discusses some of the practical operating problems which teams have experienced and recommends possible solutions. Methods to achieve more effective interaction among interdisciplinary team members are discussed. Also, suggestions by which technical studies and community values and attitudes can be integrated into the team's final report are included.

  • Date Published: October, 1975
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 25.4
  • Last Modified: July 5, 2007
  • Author: Robert Jacobsen.
  • Originators: Washington State Highway Commission, Washington (State). Dept. of Highways.
  • # of Pages: 59 p., 2,025 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Communities, Community action programs, Economic impacts, Environmental impacts, Guidelines, Highway transportation, Implementation, Industrial engineering, Job analysis, Management, Multidisciplinary teams, Organization, Organizations, Public relations, Recommendations, Regional planning, Selection and appointment, Strategic planning, Teams, Transportation planning.
  • Keywords: Interdisciplinary Team Operations, Organization and Responsibilities, Design Team Studies, Study Plan Development and Methodology, Team Management.
  • Related Publications: Social Factors in Transportation Planning: Executive Summary, (WA-RD 25.0).
    Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Community Involvement Programs, (WA-RD 25.1).
    Guidelines for the Identification and Measurement of Social Factors in Transportation Planning, (WA-RD 25.2).
    Guidelines for Conducting Surveys Concerning Transportation, (WA-RD 25.3).
    Guidelines for Team Scheduling and Management, (WA-RD 25.5).
    Guidelines for Identification and Analysis of Social Factors in Transportation Planning, (WA-RD 25.6).

This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008