FHWA 2006 SOC Presentation

Report
AASHTO Highway
Subcommittee on Construction
2006 Summer Meeting
San Juan, Puerto Rico
FHWA ISSUES
Tommy Beatty
Director, Office of Pavement Technology
Federal Highway Administration
Presentation Overview
• FHWA SAFETEA-LU Issues
• FHWA Stewardship and Oversight
• Other FHWA Initiatives
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FHWA SAFETEA-LU Issues
SAFETEA-LU Section 1503 - Design-Build
• Removes monetary threshold- essentially
making design-build operational
• Allows states to: (1) release RFP, (2)
award contracts, and (3) give notice-toproceed for preliminary design; prior to
NEPA conclusion
• NPRM published May 25, 2006
• Comment period closed July 24, 2006
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FHWA SAFETEA-LU Issues
Section 5514 - COMPETITION FOR SPECIFICATION
OF ALTERNATIVE TYPES OF CULVERT PIPES
“ . . . the Secretary shall ensure that States provide for
competition with respect to the specification of alternative types
of culvert pipes through requirements that are commensurate
with competition requirements for other construction materials,
as determined by the Secretary.”
• Notice of Proposed Rule Making published April 17, 2006
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FHWA Stewardship and Oversight
• USDOT and Industry Work Groups
• Major Projects
• Program Delivery Improvement Tool
• Quality Assurance Stewardship
Reviews
• National Review on Materials Quality
Assurance
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USDOT and Industry Work Groups
• Work groups established to identify and
implement specific action items aimed at
educating industry on:
• Fraud Awareness
• Suspension and Debarment
• DBE
• Claims
• Participants: AGC, ARTBA, ACEC, FTA,
FHWA, USDOT, OIG and others
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Fraud Awareness, Suspension and Debarment
and DBE Industry Work Groups
• Identified points of contact within USDOT to
report issues to and to answer questions
• Established better ways to share information
• Conference presentations
• Informational packages, brochures, handbooks
• USDOT web sites
• Committed to share information and ideas in
the future through outreach initiatives
• Joint DBE Program Assessment Team
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FHWA Major Projects
• Projects receiving Federal assistance with
a total cost of $500 million or more
• 37 designated Major Projects in 21 States
as of July 2006
• New requirements:
• Project Management Plans
• Annual Finance Plans for $100 million projects
• Revised Guidance:
• Financial Plans and Annual Updates
• Project Management Plans
• Major Project Cost Estimating
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Program Delivery Improvement Tool (PDIT)
Formerly named Program Development Assessment Tool (PDAT)
Why Program Delivery?
• Core of the Federal-aid Mission
• Ultimately leads to improved performance
• An opportunity for continuous improvement
• A joint endeavor between FHWA and State
DOT’s
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PDIT Development
3-Tier Structure with AASHTO and FHWA Representation -
• FHWA Program Delivery Leadership Group
• Program Delivery Work Group (Team
Leaders of Program Area Subgroups)
• 10 Program Area Subgroups:
1) Finance, 2) Planning, 3) Environment, 4) Right-of-Way, 5)
Design, 6) Construction 7) Operations, 8) System
Preservation, 9) Safety, 10) Civil Rights
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PDIT Goals
• Discussion tool for FHWA and State
collaboration
• Identifies gaps and areas for improvement
• Identifies federal and state successful
practices to share with others
• Supports FHWA in managing stewardship
responsibility
• Helps with federal and state performance
planning
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Quality Assurance Stewardship Reviews
• Reviews started in 2003 as routine
stewardship of 23 CFR 637
• Late 2003 we received reports of
fraud
• Raised concerns about use of
contractor test results
• Scope – DOT implementation
strategies, policy and procedures,
and office records
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Quality Assurance Stewardship Reviews
• FY 2003
• Maine, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma
• FY 2004
• California, Georgia, North Carolina, New York
• FY 2005
• Maryland, Oregon, Minnesota, and
Connecticut
• FY 2006
• Virginia, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wisconsin
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Quality Assurance Stewardship Reviews
• IA Programs
Opportunities for
Improvement
• Technician and
Laboratory
Qualifications
• Strengthen
verification
procedures
• Electronic
Materials
Management
Systems
• Control contractor
supplied data
Positive Findings
• Control of sampling
locations
For full report see:
www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/materials/stewardreview2006.cfm14
National Review On Materials
Quality Assurance
• Result of FHWA Risk Assessment Survey
• Sponsored by Office of Professional and
Corporate Development and Office of
Infrastructure
• Scope – FHWA Division office review,
approval and monitoring activities
• Locations – UT, TX, PA, AL, DC, WY, IL
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Other FHWA Initiatives
• Pavement Technology Programs
• Construction Management Expert
Task Group (ETG)
• Performance Specifications
Technical Working Group (TWG)
• National Highway Specifications
Website
• Training Opportunities
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Pavement Smoothness Workshop Program
… Pavements built smoother last longer
• FHWA goal to improve pavement condition
of the National Highway System
• Program initiated to help States improve
pavement condition
• Workshops customized to meet specific
needs of the State. Workshop activities
include:
• Training
• Assistance with smoothness specification
• Profiler certification program
• Workshops completed NY, IA, NJ, OH, CA
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Concrete Pavement Technology Program
• National program to improve costeffectiveness and performance of
concrete pavements
• Partnership including State DOTs,
Industry, Academia, and FHWA
• Program oversight provided by
Executive and Engineering ETGs
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Technology Transfer from the CPTP
• Focus Areas for Implementation of
CPTP Products –
• Advanced Designs
• Optimized Materials
• Improved Construction
• Rapid Repair & Rehabilitation
• User Satisfaction
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CPTP Equipment Demonstration & Loan Program
• Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
• Air Void Analyzer
• Dowel Bar Alignment using MIT Scan
• FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Lab
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Precast Prestressed Concrete Pavement
Pavement Panels are…
• Fabricated in precast-industry facilities
• Stockpiled
• Ready for rapid delivery and installation
Technology being used in TX, CA, MO, IA, IN
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Construction Management ETG
An outgrowth of the 2004 Construction Management SCAN
Some Major Emphasis Areas • Develop Risk Assessment and Allocation
Techniques
• Explore the use of Alternative Payment
Methods
• Enhance Qualification Rating Processes
• Alternative Bidding State of the Practice
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Performance Specifications TWG
Current activities as results of the mid April 2006 meetings
• Developing Criteria for Performance
Specifications
• Developing Performance Specifications
Business Case: Why Change, Why Now?
• Performance Specifications Web Page to
be developed under the NHSW update
• Establishing ETG’s for specific product
groups
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National Highway Specifications Website
Enhancements
www.specs.fhwa.dot.gov
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National Highway Specifications Website
Part 1 – Update current web site
• Work with the AASHTO SOC to improve
current website
• Update specifications as necessary
• Expand innovative specifications library
• Update ASTM Standards
• Update search engine and specification
upload process
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National Highway Specifications Website
Part 2 – Add New Content
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Construction Manuals
Materials Manuals
Standard Plans
Design Manuals
Additional public agency specs and
manuals
• Additional documents as deemed
appropriate
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Training Opportunities
• National Highway Institute
• www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov
• Transportation Curriculum
Coordination Council (TCCC)
• http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/tccc/
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New Training Courses in 2006
• Managing Construction
Workmanship
• Bridge Construction
Inspection
• Pavement Preservation:
Design and
Construction of Quality
Preventive Maintenance
Treatments
• Quality Assurance
Technologist Course
• Inspection of
Mechanically Stabilized
Earth Walls and
Reinforced Soil Slopes
• Partnering for Improved
Project Delivery
• Subsurface
Investigation
• Alternative Contracting
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Thank You
Questions?
Tommy Beatty
Director, Office of Pavement Technology
Federal Highway Administration

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