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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 44-09 [Final (Synthesis)]

Alternative Technical Concepts for Contract Delivery Methods
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $40,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 5/4/2012 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Jo Allen Gause
Research Agency: Independent Consultant
Principal Investigator: Douglas Gransberg
Effective Date: 7/1/2012
Completion Date: 4/1/2014
Fiscal Year: 2012

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 455: Alternative Technical Concepts for Contract Delivery Methods Transportation documents various methods by which agencies have successfully implemented alternative technical concepts (ATCs) during the highway contracting process.

The report identifies methods that promote transparency and fairness, while at the same time protecting the industry’s right to confidentiality. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration defines an ATC as “a request by a proposer to modify a contract requirement, specifically for that proposer’s use in gaining competitive benefit during the bidding or proposal process … [and] must provide a solution that is equal to or better than the owner’s base design requirements in the invitation for bid or request for proposal document.”

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