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News

ARTBA Foundation Names Award Winners
The ARTBA Foundation has announced the three winners of its TransOvation Awards as "models of innovation."

Innovation of the Month: 3-D Engineered Models for Construction

Colorado DOT using Slide-In Construction to replace Bridge on U.S. 34

New Video on Programmatic Agreements Now Available
Features 4 States' Success Stories

EDC2 Deployment Plans Released
13 Plans Available for Review



July/August Innovator is here!


The latest issue of the Innovator newsletter is now available here. You'll see videos, slides, and other audio-visuals to go with articles on the latest news in highway innovation. A pdf is also accessible.

What's New

  • - Washington State DOT Peer Exchange on Local Public Agency Certification Program. On June 11, 2014, the Washington State DOT hosted a virtual peer exchange to discuss the DOT's local public agency Certification program processes, challenges and successes. This report provides highlights of the exchange and could prove helpful to other agencies.
  • - NOW AVAILABLE: Free web-based training about 3D Engineered Models. The training is broken up into 4 different models as follows:
    Module 1: Introduction to 3D Engineered Models for Highway Transportation
    Module 2: Surveying and 3D Engineered Models
    Module 3: 3D Engineered Models in Highway Design
    Module 4: Applications of 3D Engineered Models in Highway Construction
    You may access the web based training at the following location:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/3d/wbt.cfm
  • - First AID Demonstration Awards Announced. U.S. DOT Secretary Foxx today announced more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to accelerate innovation in highway project delivery. The funds, which offset the cost of demonstration projects, will help to get roads and bridges repaired and built faster and more efficiently. Click here for more information.
  • - New Videos Announced for Intersections and Pavement Treatment. High Friction Surface Treatments (HFST) is a cost-effective tool for reducing crashes by applying materials designed to enhance friction in specific problem areas. Two new videos, one a detailed description and the other a shorter overview, outline the benefits of HFST, as well as some examples of where the tool has been used.
  • - FHWA's Office of Safety recently released two new videos on alternative intersections, one on Diverging Diamond Intersections, the other on Median U-Turns.

Events

Geospatial Data Collaboration: Geospatial Tools for Data-Sharing, Webinar, September 30, 2014

Steps to Requiring 3D Engineered Models for Construction, Webinar, October 15, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

EDC 3D Engineered Models for Construction, Webinars, Various Dates

The Future: Adding Time, Cost and Other Information to 3D Models, Webinar, November 19, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Slide In Bridge Construction (SIBC) from the Owner / Policy Maker Perspective, Webinar, TBD

Intersection Guides to be Released at Webinars

Four new informational guides on intersection design, including diverging diamond, displaced left turn, median U-turn, and restricted crossing U-turn will be released during webinars, starting August 21, 2014. Click here for details.

Highways for Life

Highways for LIFE was a Congressionally-authorized initiative of the Federal Highway Administration aimed at getting innovations and new technologies into standard use faster. Merely because an innovation is found to work doesn't mean the hundreds of federal, state and local transportation agencies, as well as contractors, consulting engineers, and academics are going to embrace it. The Highways for LIFE program created training programs, sponsored workshops, and developed communications tools to get those innovations adopted faster. The term "LIFE" in the Highways for LIFE name was an acronym to represent the need to advance Longer-lasting highway infrastructure using Innovations to accomplish the Fast construction of Efficient and safe highways and bridges.

While the program is no longer active, many of its efforts and approaches have application today. To access these areas go to http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hfl/.

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