Lead States Group Meeting Strategies
- Work with NCHRP, AASHTO, and FHWA.
- Utilize nationwide lessons learned.
- Identify gaps in the knowledge base and new research needs.
- Assemble knowledge base of comparisons of predicted versus known (historical) performance for individual state projects.
- Develop a model implementation plan.
- Author a newsletter to disseminate knowledge and promote M-E design procedures.
- Develop a benefits statement aimed at the CEO/chief engineer level.
- Benchmark research and implementation activities nationwide.
- Provide a pool of experts for states to consult.
- Establish protocols for setting up field pavement sections and collecting results.
- Centralize the collection and organization of performance data on dedicated pavement sections, establish long-term trends versus computed values, and refine calibrations.
- Become aware of new materials, mix design procedures, and the need for future re-calibration.
- Act as a liaison with private industry activities.
- Identify training activities related to state implementation.
- Identify and raise awareness of the benefits of M-E design compared to empirical design through teaching and training.
- Promote university involvement in materials and pavement design activities, particularly at the undergraduate level.
- Integrate pavement management data in the design process.
- Sponsor user groups, workshops, and conferences for implementation.