Field Evaluation of E-Ticketing Technologies for Efficient Asphalt Delivery Ticket Collection and Quantity Calculation

Every year state departments of transportation (DOTs) collect thousands of paper tickets for delivering hot mix asphalt, warm mix asphalt, concrete, base course, embankment, and other construction materials. Collecting paper load tickets is an antiquated practice that exposes inspectors to substantial risk of death or personal injury by assigning them adjacent to traffic or moving or backing equipment. In addition, paper-based load tickets may be lost, and in some cases, it is difficult to decipher the information on the ticket due to poor printing. Under the current system, paper-based load tickets are taken back to the project office where they are summed and entered into an Excel spreadsheet for reporting and payment purposes, which is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and error-prone. In recent years, new e-Ticketing (i.e., electronic-ticketing) technologies enable the collection of this information electronically, allowing for safer and more efficient inspection, rapid project delivery and payment, reduced effort for ticket management, and near real-time comparisons of theoretical tonnages and temperatures to actual tonnages and temperatures. This research will conduct field evaluations of an e-Ticketing system on several New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) paving projects throughout the state of New Mexico. This project will also develop a guidebook for the implementation of the tested e-Ticketing system to assist NMDOT with workforce development and professional training. The project team consists of researchers from the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) along with two NMDOT divisions, including the Construction and Civil Rights Bureau and the Research Bureau. The foundation for this research is based on the principal investigators’ (PIs’) success in prior research on using various technologies in pavement evaluation and construction material quantity estimation. The proposed project will leverage recent advances in electronic-ticketing technologies to implement a complete e-Ticketing system to collect load ticket information electronically. The proposed project will also include field evaluations of the implemented e-Ticketing system on several NMDOT paving projects throughout the state of New Mexico. In addition, this research will increase NMDOT’s e-Construction knowledge and provide additional guidance for other state DOTs wishing to adopt this technology. The implementation and testing of an e-Ticketing system in New Mexico would also provide workforce development and educational opportunities for the transportation professionals and researchers involved in the project. Research findings will be distributed through: (1) scientific peer-reviewed publications; (2) training workshops; and (3) technology transfer to state DOTs, specifically state DOTs in the Tran-SET region. The proposing institution serves a majority of minority populations, including both Hispanics and Native Americans and the PIs will seek to engage students from these populations in the proposed research

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $130000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551747106

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET)

    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
  • Project Managers:

    Mousa, Momen

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131-0001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bogus, Susan

  • Start Date: 20210801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230201
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01833042
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747106
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 19 2022 4:29PM