Product Evaluation Tracking Tools and Product Categories

​A common practice of all departments of transportation (DOTs) is to evaluate the potential application and long term performance of many products and materials. However, there is no standard approach on product management evaluation, leaving agencies to develop their own methods and procedures. This problem is exacerbated by many DOTs' limited internal staff dedicated to the product approval process. A growing number of transportation agencies and other public owners have begun streamlining these processes and have had some initial success (including reduced evaluation time and increased user satisfaction). This proposed research project will synthesize the best practices, lessons learned, tools, management techniques, and workflows of other transportation departments throughout the United States. The final deliverables will provide key insights on the optimal strategy as North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) evaluates its internal Approved Product List (APL) processes. The proposed scope of work is designed to: (1) evaluate national industry practices in DOT product evaluation to capture current methods and available options; (2) compare results to analyze NCDOT's current product management approach to identify points of differential between NCDOT and other agencies; and (3) prepare a summary of the gaps to establish the recommended next steps and structure for an optimized APL structure.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $93,480
  • Contract Numbers:

    FHWA/NC/2018-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    North Carolina Department of Transportation

    Research and Development
    1549 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27699-1549
  • Managing Organizations:

    North Carolina Department of Transportation

    Research and Development
    1549 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27699-1549
  • Project Managers:

    Bolyard, Steven

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    9201 University City Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC  United States  28223-0001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Smithwick, Jake

  • Start Date: 20170801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640765
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: FHWA/NC/2018-08
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2017 4:17PM