A Guidebook for Risk-Based Construction Inspection

State transportation agencies (STAs) are currently facing the critical challenge of supporting 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 “STAs are managing larger roadway systems with fewer in-house staff than they were 10 years ago.” The high retirement rates affecting public owners during the last few years and the migration of experienced STA staff to the private sector are not only challenging these agencies’ abilities to meet required staffing levels but also their capacity to retain critical knowledge. Experienced employees have developed skills to make effective decisions and address specific risks during the performance of their duties and usually 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 STA functions, with the major impact on construction inspection (CI) capabilities. This situation has motivated STAs to seek out effective strategies to facilitate CI activities and optimize the use of limited available staff, allowing for personnel to “do more with less.” The objective of this project is to develop a risk-based construction inspection implementation guidebook for STAs. The guidebook should compile effective practices identified through a comprehensive review of the existing relevant research and a critical analysis of the state of the practice in using RBCI systems in transportation construction/maintenance projects as well as in other industries. Data should be collected through an online survey directed to STAs and four-to-six case studies strategically selected based on the maturity of their CI programs. The guidebook should include a methodology to factor the perceived risk of CI activities into the decision-making process associated with the outsourcing of CI services.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $600000
  • 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:

    Dekelbab, Waseem

  • Start Date: 20180618
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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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 3:03PM