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Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer Toolkit
Archived: Why conduct an ACTT workshop?
Hosting an ACTT workshop gives your agency the opportunity to:
- Get a fresh outlook on a major project by bringing national experts to your planning table.
- Introduce state-of-the-practice innovations that have been tested elsewhere.
- Save time. The ACTT process has helped most agencies find ways to slice construction time by 30 percent or more.
- Save lives. Reduced construction time means less time that workers and drivers must spend in construction work zones.
- Save money. ACTT recommendations have allowed agencies to reduce major project budgets by millions of dollars.
- Meet customer needs. ACTT solutions target customer satisfaction, before, during and after construction.
- Keep America moving. ACTT workshops help the nation realize aspirations that depend on mobility.
The best way to learn how ACTT can help you is to learn how it has benefited others. The resources in this chapter provide examples of how ACTT workshops have helped agencies nationwide.
ODOT realized an estimated $15.8 million in savings for the $360M I-40 Crosstown project.
- Completed early geotech investigations
- Eliminated cast-in-place wall designs
- Incorporated use of better traffic control schemes/detours
- Utilized pre-established borrow sites
"This was a worthwhile and beneficial effort," says ODOT Project Development Engineer John Bowman. "The process was a well defined and structured process that does not need changing."
Project Development Engineer
LaDOTD reduced the construction timeframe from 225 proposed days to 125 actual days for its I-20 project.
- Utilized very early strength latex modified concrete
- Hydroblasted and overlaid 11/2Ó without raising the road irons (expansion joints)
- Used innovation in its TCP and detours
- Incorporated innovative contract methods and optimized the letting date
"The workshop incorporated people familiar with similar construction projects but without the predetermined limitations set by local communities and departments."
District Construction Engineer
As a result of MDT's first ACTT workshop, Montana's US 93 project on the Flathead Indian Reservation incorporated a host of recommendations, including:
- Prioritizing parcels for acquisition
- Utilizing A-plus-B bidding and incentives
- Allowing one-lane, nighttime operation
"It was a very useful workshop. The results benefited the project as well as practices across the State. However, the workshop was late in the design process so wasn't as effective as it had the potential to be."
As a result of its ACTT workshop, NHDOT revised its project completion goal from 12 years to 6 years for its I-93 Improvements Project.
The agency incorporated a number of ACTT recommendations, including:
- Prefabrication option for bridge elements and retaining walls
- Use of Smart Work Zones – applied to all construction contracts
- Implementation of a utility impact and relocation plan, and advance SUE plans for the entire corridor
New Hampshire's ACTT workshop also resulted in notable organizational changes:
- CPM scheduling is now specified on all projects.
- The agency reports improved communications among counterparts.
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