Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer
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Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer Toolkit
What is ACTT?
FHWA Office of Asset Management
Meeting goals include:
Overview of ACTT Process
ACTT is a strategic tool that identifies innovative technologies and techniques to help reduce construction time.
A typical ACTT workshop begins with an opening session on the afternoon of the first day, continues with an all-day brainstorming session on the second day, and ends with the presentation of ideas and recommendations by the skill sets on the morning of the third day.
It's especially important to understand the goals and objectives of the ACTT Workshop; reduce overall project duration, accelerate construction. These goals are different from the goals and objectives of a traditional VE Study; Cost saving, reduce life cycle costs.
VE: Local team, typically, small (less than 10 members), limited areas of expertise (design, construction, maintenance, traffic, perhaps, environment and RW), focus is on cost savings (function vs. value), later in the process (maybe during design phase because VE is detail oriented and requires some detail project information).
ACTT: National team (20-30 national transportation experts team up with local counterparts), between 60-80 workshop participants, all areas of expertise (11 skill sets including contracting and financing), primary objective is reducing construction time while enhancing safety and quality. In the long run, it saves money as well, Early in the process (best time is during project development), FHWA and AASHTO fund the workshop.
ACTT Skill Sets
Skill Sets are selected based on the project’s scope of work and the Department’s needs, and are primary areas of focus. Ken McDonald is the MDSHA Project Manager.
The following skill sets were selected by MDSHA in a May 4, 2007 meeting:
MDSHA to confirm skill sets.
For national participation, determine breakdown between nationals (consultants, other state DOTs) and FHWA personnel.
Local construction contractor participation?
Skill Set Team Makeup
The Facilitator is also responsible for keeping the skill set group moving forward and on schedule. The facilitator may need to play the referee or bad guy, to make a decision on a discussion point where there is some disagreement and get the group off center moving forward….
The Note Taker: Will take notes using a laptop computer that is provided to each skill set. It’s assume that this person is proficient in typing and has basic knowledge of MicroSoft WORD program. In addition, the Group will be required to develop a presentation using MS PowerPoint program for presenting the Team’s final thoughts and recommendations. This may or may not be the Note Taker’s responsibility.
How will it work?
Day 1, early afternoon, workshop participants assemble as a general group
DOT Project Manager to discuss the contents of the workshop notebook during his project overview presentation. Explanation of the project during bus tour.
Skill Set Breakout Sessions
Day 2, early morning, the Skill Sets Groups will:
After short presentations to the general group on ACTT, the flow of Day 2 and how it will work, the ACMT moderators will briefly meet with all skill set facilitators and note takers to review and discuss their roles and responsibilities before the breakout sessions convene. During this time, skill set members can find their individual skill set room and ready themselves for a challenging day ahead.
In the breakout session the group will: Engage in roundtable discussion, Brainstorm and welcome all ideas. Develop and record preliminary ideas & thoughts. Prepare 5 to 7 minute presentation for the report out of "What are we finding" to the General group. And identify a Skill Set speaker to present initial ideas and thoughts to the General Group. This short report out may be Verbal presentation using skill set notes, or 3 to 5 slide PowerPoint presentation listing bulleted ideas.
Skill Set Notes
On each skill set laptop computer, a recording form template is provided for recording the group’s ideas, thoughts, and recommendations. This screen shot serves as an example of a filled-in recording form, which becomes what I call the skill set notes. It’s important that the notes are concise and well written because these notes will be used in the development of the draft report that will be put together by a consultant contracted by FHWA HQ.
Skill Set Notes
This excerpt is a close up of one construction idea (recommendation) that came out of a past workshop in New York. The Idea Short Name (General Heading) reads Innovative materials, equipment, and procedures to speed up (accelerate) construction equipment. The Idea Detailed Description lists the different construction methods and materials that were recommended. The 3rd column lists the advantages/ disadvantages of using a method or material (and serves as the speakers talking points/ notes in the final recommendation).
Skill Set Report Outs - What are we finding?
Day 2, late morning, all Skill Sets will convene as a General Group:
The presentations will be 5 to 7 minutes. This is the opportunity to take some notes on what other skill sets are presenting and to identify the skill sets that you may want to consult with to discuss ideas and design strategies, possible conflicts, and receive input.
Skill Set Intermingling – Breakout Sessions continue
Day 2, early afternoon, after lunch, the Skill Sets will:
The focus now is to prioritize ideas, consult with other skills sets, begin to finalize your descriptions, and identify advantages and barriers towards implementing an idea. The group should be well on its way to pulling its findings and recommendations together. Can have a working lunch?
Prepare Skill Set Presentations
Day 2, late afternoon, the Skill Sets should:
By about 4:30 pm, when everyone is becoming tired and worn out, the group should be finalizing its thoughts and skill set notes. In addition, the ppt slide show for presenting the skill set’s findings and recommendations is being developed. A presentation is typically 10 to 15 slides. In developing your ppt, please keep in mind that the speaker will be given 15 minutes to present the skill set findings and recommendations.
Availability of the individual skill set rooms after 5:00 pm for those who would like to continue to work on or refine the presentation. The bottom line is that we must have a final ppt and final skill set notes from each skill set group by 8:15 am tomorrow morning to load on the central computer so that we are ready to begin the report outs at 8:30 am.
Skill Set Recommendations
Day 3, morning activities in brief:
As mentioned, final skill set notes and more importantly the ppt, are to be handed over by 8:15 am. You’ll begin to think of me as a pest, or worse, because of my many reminders. It needs to be done to keep things on schedule, and so that we can adjourn by no later than 12:00 pm.
Again, each presentation will be no longer than 15 minutes, and typically we have a little time for a question or two at the end of a presentation. Also, there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the completion of all the presentations.
Workshop Facility & Supplies
Workshop Facility & Supplies
Workshop Facility & Supplies
Catering of food & beverages for:
Registration booth & package:
Workshop Budget & Funding
Identify key contact for workshop coordination
Keys to Success