August 22, 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting

DATE:                      August 22, 2017

TIME:                        11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION:            Conference Call 1-866-906-7447

                                    Participant Access Code 8626283

AGENDA ITEM

Call to Order

Open Projects

Project # and Title PI, University

AC Liaison

Update End Date
06-04: Preventive Maintenance and Timing of Applications Mogawer,

UMass Dartmouth

 

C. Franco

PI is working on the poster and fact sheet. We are editing the report for the website. Complete
10-3: Low Temperature and Moisture Susceptibility of RAP Mixtures with Warm Mix Technology Mogawer,

UMass Dartmouth

 

A. Scholz

PI is finalizing the report and scheduling a TAC meeting to receive feedback. 5/31/17
13-1: Development of High Early-Strength Concrete for Accelerated Bridge Construction Closure Pour Connections Brena,

UMass Amherst

 

MassDOT

No cost extension fully executed between UVM and UMass Amherst. Project ongoing 12/31/2017

(NCE)

13-2: HMA Mixtures Containing Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS): Low Temperature and Fatigue Performance of Plant-Produced Mixtures Mogawer,

UMass Dartmouth

 

 

A. Scholz

PI met with TAC to update them on new work plan to maintain research schedule. More of the mixtures will be produced in the lab because unable to get them from the plants. TAC supported change. 12/1/17
13-3: Improved Regionalization of Quality Assurance (QA) Functions Dave,

UNH

 

C. Franco

Working with PI to get final report in NETC format. 4/2/17 (NCE)
14-1: Measuring the Effectiveness of Competency Models for Job Specific Professional Development of Engineers & Engineering Technicians Ahmadjian,

UMass Amherst

 

 

 

D. Peabody

No cost extension fully executed between UVM and UMass Amherst. Project ongoing. 12/31/17 (NCE)
14-2: Investigation of Northern Long-Eared Bat Roosting Sites on Bridges Civjan,

UMass Amherst

 

D. Peabody

Received final report and final edits and approval from TAC. Inputting final edits. 5/31/17

(NCE)

14-4: Optimizing Future Work Zones in New England for Safety and Mobility Xie,

UMASS Lowell

 

MassDOT

PI requested and TAC approved NCE to the end of 2017. The PI researching motion simulators and eye tracking devices to improve simulation testing. 12/31/2017

(NCE Requested)

15-1: Use of Forested Habitat Adjacent to Highways by Northern Long Ear Bats Foster, UNH

 

 

D. Peabody

Held kickoff meeting at UNH. TAC pleased with strategy and PI has received some of the audio data needed from states. PI now has dual appointment at UNH and Northern Arizona University. 11/30/18
15-2: Using the New SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study Safety Databases to Examine Safety Concerns for Older Drivers Samuel,

UMass Amherst

 

D. Peabody

PI met with TAC to provide update and receive feedback on data collection and hypothesis to test. PI has Roadway Information Data, completed IRB for SHRP2 and expects SHRP2 data in September. 12/31/18
15-3: Moisture Susceptibility Testing for Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements in New England Dave,

UNH

 

D. Peabody

PI analyzed survey results from all six states to plan lab tests. Sampled mixtures from VT and ME and expect to sample more this summer. Started to test the mixes that they have. 7/31/18
15:4 Optimizing Quality Assurance (QA) Processes for Asphalt Pavement Construction

in the Northeast

TBD

 

 

 

 

A. Scholz

Once report completed will schedule meeting with PI from 13-3 and TAC to review lessons learned from that project to restart this project. TBD
 

NETC Fund Balance Update

      • All previous fund transfers have been completed
      • FY2016 Fund Balance Transfers – 0.00
      • FY2017 Fund Balance Transfers – Decision deferred, but budgeted by each state
      • NETC Unallocated Balance as of 8/21/2017 – $139,278.00
      • NETC Coordinator funded through 9/1/2018 and limited funding through 2/15/2019 to complete NETC 15 series

NETC Research Processes

      • Start NETC Research Solicitation Process
        • Approximately 15 month process
        • Traditionally, starts in November
        • Can be started with one coordinator and transferred, if needed
        • Consider “Implement recommendations on Effective Establishment of Native Plants on Roadsides” for full research solicitation process
      • Quick Response Projects
        • “Pre-TAC” for AV/CV Vehicles – participants at NH meeting or other suggestions?

New England Materials and Research Engineers Meeting

      • Discussion of regionalization through National Transportation Product Evaluation Program
        • Several areas for potential regionalization and regionalized audit programs
          1. Concrete blocks, pavement marking paint, binder QC plans
      • Will work with NEMREM to schedule when more people are available next year

Other Business

      • NETC Advisory Meeting Next Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, September 26th at 11am
      • Adjourn
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