California Department of Transportation

Research Deployment Support Branch (RDSB)

The Research Deployment Support Branch incorporates research results into everyday practices within Caltrans. Millions of dollars of Investments in research have little or no benefit if the results are not deployed and implemented properly. We work extensively with our partners at UC Berkeley Tech Transfer Program, as well as with our other partners, to make these results work for California. An important part of what we do is to communicate and share transportation research results. A key part of research is sharing the results within Caltrans and with the larger transportation community. We have been building a knowledge base of expertise in research deployment and technology transfer, and have developed a process that can be broadly applied to many types of research projects. We mentor Project Managers, share what we have found, and help guide them in the process of sharing their valuable work.

What We Do:

  • Develop strategies for research deployment;
  • Compile the DRISI Annual Research Program Highlights Report;
  • Manage the UC Berkeley Tech Transfer Program project, as well as managing other research projects;
  • Provide Research Deployment training for project managers; and
  • Provide research deployment process expertise and project specific guidance and mentoring.

More Information:

What is Deployment?

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Deployment is the delivery, application, demonstration, or assessment of DRISI research products that have the potential to become implemented by the customer/sponsor of the project. The benefits of research investment depends upon the ability to implement research results. DRISI research deployment focuses primarily on the implementation of the DRISI research results within Caltrans. Another key part of research is Technology Transfer which takes care of the communication and sharing of the research results within Caltrans and the larger transportation community.

The DRISI Research Deployment Support branch has developed a deployment process that can be broadly applied by research project managers, and is building a knowledge base and expertise in research implementation and technology transfer. The branch works with our partners at UC Berkeley Tech Transfer Program to produce technology transfer products and services. Here are some of the major services the branch provides:

  • Development of deployment oriented research strategies.
  • DRISI Annual Research Program Highlights.
  • Project management of the Technology Transfer at UC Berkeley.
  • Research deployment training for project manager.
  • Research deployment process expertise and project specific guidance.
  • Project management of selected research and GIS projects.
  • Research Products Intellectual Property Assistance.

 

What are Technology Transfer Services?

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Technology transfer activities, as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 23, Section 420, are those "that lead to the adoption of a new technique or product by users." These include "dissemination, demonstration, training, and other activities that lead to eventual innovation."

While deployment in DRISI focuses primarily on the implementation of the DRISI research results within Caltrans, technology transfer includes the sharing of research results with the larger transportation community. Technology Transfer also includes identification and sharing of best practices that have been developed by others. For example, best practices identified by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and individual state departments of transportation, are reviewed for relevance to Caltrans. Sound practices and innovative technologies are shared with Caltrans, as well as with county- and municipal-level agencies within the State.

The Technology Transfer Program at UC Berkeley provides training, workshops, conferences, technical assistance and information resources in the transportation-related areas of planning and policy, traffic engineering, project development, infrastructure design and maintenance, safety, environmental issues, railroad and aviation.

The Technology Transfer Program is a division of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Berkeley.

 
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