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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 27-05 [Final (Synthesis)]

State DOT Management Techniques for Materials and Construction Acceptance
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

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This synthesis will be of interest to state Department of Transportation (DOT) materials and construction engineers; contract, procedure, and specification specialists; construction personnel managers; researchers; and private consultants. The synthesis describes the current state of the practice of state DOT management techniques for materials and construction acceptance, including approaches to inspection and testing. The associated requirements for maintaining adequate qualified personnel to operate the acceptance and testing programs are considered in the information reported. The information was collected by surveying state DOTs and by conducting a literature search. This report of the Transportation Research Board presents background information on the changing role of specifications, quality assurance processes, warranties, material certifications, and personnel management regarding the state of the practice for state DOT management techniques for materials and construction acceptance. In addition, detailed information is presented on personnel issues. The details of materials test methods and statistical quality control procedures are not included in the report. However, discussion of these technical aspects of materials and construction acceptance are included on the basis of their influence on personnel training requirements, and changes in administrative requirements.  The report for this topic can be purchased at http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=3294

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