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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 24-11 [Final (Synthesis)]

Implementation of Technology From Abroad
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

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This synthesis report will be of interest to pavement design, materials and testing, traffic, and research engineers and transportation planners. It will also be of interest to chief administrative officers and chief engineers of transportation agencies. This report describes the current implementation by transportation agencies in the United States of technologies that were developed abroad. This report presents several case studies, including mechanically stabilized embankment technology, asphalt pavement materials and testing equipment, a tunneling method, moveable barriers, an accelerated loading facility, and a bicycle and pedestrian planning process. This report of the Transportation Research Board provides information on the formal and informal processes that have been made by U.S. agencies to employ technologies and methodologies from abroad, including descriptions of both successes and failures and the reasons for implementation of the technology. The technologies that are described originated in France, Germany, Austria, Finland, and Australia.  The report for this topic can be purchased at http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=3341

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