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Design Guide Implementation Team (DGIT)
Timeline of Implementation Events
A variety of educational activities will be introduced during the next few years to help States implement the M-E design approach. These include State and regional workshops, training courses, technical assistance, and a dedicated Web site. The intended audience includes FHWA Resource Center and Division Office engineers, Federal Lands engineers, and State Highway Agency pavements design, material, and traffic engineers. In 2004 introductory workshops were held in eight locations throughout the Nation. These workshops provided an overview of implementation of the guide. In 2005, workshops addressing the collection of materials input data for the MEPDG were presented to state highway agency pavement design and materials engineers. Another series of workshops were conducted to address the provision of traffic inputs to the MEPDG.
In 2006, a series of 1-day workshops will be presented that aim to familiarize participants on modeling climatic effects on pavement performance with MEPDG, reducing climatic effects through materials selection and design, and analyzing current State design methods for climatic effects. The target audience for this workshop agency's materials, geotechnical, and pavement design engineers as well as industry or academic consultants that support state agencies in pavement design. The workshop enables highway engineers to gain an understanding of what is needed specifically in terms of climatic inputs that affect the materials selection and response as part of mechanistic-empirical pavement design.