A Guidebook for Risk-Based Construction Inspection

State departments of transportation (DOTs) are currently facing the critical challenge of an increased demand for highway system rehabilitation and construction work with reduced funding and staff. NCHRP Synthesis 450: Forecasting Highway Construction Staffing Requirements found that DOTs are managing larger roadway systems with fewer in-house staff than they were 10 years ago. Experienced staff have developed skills to make effective decisions and address specific risks during the performance of their duties, however, those skills are lost when they retire and/or are replaced by less seasoned staff. NCHRP Synthesis 450 found that staff constraints and the lack of needed skills are affecting virtually all DOT functions, with major impacts on construction inspection capabilities. This situation has motivated DOTs to seek out effective strategies to accomplish construction inspection operations and optimize resource allocation. There is an immediate need to incorporate risk-based approaches into current practices for construction inspection with an emphasis on increasing the value of inspection and optimizing inspection frequency. The objectives of this research were to (1) develop an AASHTO guidebook for risk-based construction inspection and (2) plan and conduct a workshop to introduce the proposed guidebook to an audience of DOT staff and other stakeholders. The guidebook are presented in a format suitable for adoption by AASHTO.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $450000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-102

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Abu-Hawash, Ahmad

  • Performing Organizations:

    HKA Global Incorporated

    City,   United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Scott, Sid

  • Start Date: 20190618
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220717
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220717

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01672252
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-102
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2018 10:34PM