The MATC program is equipped to handle a diverse range of needs in a diverse range of places. We receive about 25 requests leading to 5 to 7 site visits annually.
The entire process for a visit takes about 6 months, including three to four weeks on site. It starts with a planning call, includes an on-site open house, closes with a technical assistance report approximately 90 days after the testing visit, and culminates with the 2-day Quality in the Asphalt Paving Process workshop held at the State DOT facility. Information is available for on-site space and power requirements for hosting a MATC laboratory visit.
Typical site visit process
PLANNING CALL (1 hour) - Webinar involving State Department of Transportation (State DOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Division Office
LOGISTICS (60 days) - Working through all aspects with State DOT and Contractor
ON-SITE KICKOFF MEETING (2 hours) - Involves State DOT, Contractor, and FHWA Division Office
ON-SITE & VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE - Includes State DOT, State Asphalt Pavement Association Members, Local Public Agencies, Tribal Governments, American Council of Engineering Consultants, and Universities
ON-SITE TESTING (3 weeks) - On the job at Plant and Field construction sites
ON-SITE CLOSEOUT MEETING - Convenes State DOT, Contractor, and FHWA Division Office, held last week at the MATC lab
QUALITY IN ASPHALT PAVING PROCESS WORKSHOP - Convenes State DOT, Contractor, State Asphalt Pavement Association Members, and FHWA Division Office for a two day workshop at the State DOT
Who Benefits From an MATC Site Visit?
- State DOTs
- Federal agencies
- Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and local and tribal governments
- Paving industry
- Private or academic stakeholders
- Anyone in the asphalt pavement community
Also, the MATC routinely presents information at meetings and conferences.
Reach out to the MATC today at FHWA-MATC@dot.gov to learn more.
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