Pavement Management Kick Start Check List

 

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Many of you know our mission, but some are just coming in to our fold having registered for a webinar or one of our training sessions. For those of you who are new and want to catch up, please head over to http://blairbarnhardt.com/ and click your way around.

 

Worth a quick listen to is our plan to save America billions of dollars each year http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1243694 and have a listen to this podcast session where Scott McDonald, APM and I discuss setting up your pavement management system http://ipma.co/betterroadsradio/2014/01/16/episode-3-the-one-where-blair-corners-scott-mcdonald-ipma-advisory-board-member-and-paver-guru/ . If you are wondering how excited our TBG clients get after we finish serving them up a fresh new pavement management implementation watch Mayor Shelley here https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/q9qtijhjaz . Here is a video that was created by the local news team to explain what our crews were doing out there on the roads https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/32gs5ghka7 .

 

Our 2016 PDH Power Hour Webinar Series will walk you through everything you need to purchase, or hire out to begin saving your Agency millions of dollars each year. In fact our learners and clients routinely perform pavement management with The Three Legged Stool™ System of pavement management, and go on to save about million dollars annually for every 250 center lane miles of roadway they have. For example, in Rockdale County GA, Miguel Valentin, PE, APM and Brian Frix, PE, APM are saving about 2 million dollars per year with their 510 center lane miles of roadway after their StreetSaver® implementation with us.

 

Every time we kick start a new implementation of pavement management with a City or a County anywhere in America it seems one of our team members is sitting down with the local agency and asking the same group of questions. For this reason, in our most recent meeting I promised myself I would simplify the questions by making this check list. Feel free to share it amongst your staff and peers!

 

  • Does your local agency have a GIS (Geographical Information System) Guru on staff?

 

If YES, we usually always recommend that your agency pay the $1,750.00 one time integration fee to MTC StreetSaver.

 

 

As Brian Frix, PE, APM (Rockdale County GA and IPMA™ Advisory Board Member states, “To gain maximum potential out of StreetSaver® it’s best to utilize the agencies centerline shape file. It’s a small initial investment that provides a more complete and accurate database upon completion.

 

Always maintain an accurate PCI map. This helps non-technical and elected officials the ability to see the “big picture” without going thru a comprehensive technical report.

 

  • Does your staff have a list of unit prices for typical treatments you have used in the past, i.e. Hot Mixed Asphalt, High Density Mineral Bond, Cold in Place Recycling etc. It is imperative that the pavement management consultant get local regional unit prices as well as first hand knowledge on what treatments are not regionally available.

 

As Mr. Frix, PE, APM states, “Utilize local unit pricing for decision tree setup. And locals decision/ability to utilize certain treatments.” Now is the time to get off the proverbial pot and do some of the more innovative treatments you have been dreaming about doing!

 

  • Have you in the past rated your roads in any way shape of form?

 

Now is the time to come clean with your consultant, if you have done a windshield survey a while back, and or an Excel spreadsheet, now go ahead and give your consultant every stich of paper you may have, in the form of scribbled notes or maps. This information will help provide a solid scientific evidence to ensure a robust pavement management implementation.

 

  • Would you prefer MicroPAVER™ or StreetSaver® implementation?

 

Now is the time to commit to one program or the other. Even though there are other rating systems and tablet programs proliferating the marketplace, I think the only two programs that a PS related are as follows

 

MicroPaver™

StreetSaver®

 

You can demo a free version of StreetSaver® for 30 days here http://www.streetsaveronline.com/ worth noting is that MTC or Metropolitan Transportation Commission who provides the StreetSaver® Software is actually a governmental agency much like you! In fact they have over 400 users worldwide including some of the largest Cities and Counties in America such as Seattle, WA and Houston, TX.

 

 

  • Do you have a paper map for us and a list of roadways?

 

Blair is old school and loves his paper maps, while Jason and some of the other team members love their PDF maps on their iPads in the field! In any case, if you could provide a 36” map that clearly shows all of the roads we can sit down with you and determine the roadway network as a whole. For example, we can determine if you don’t already know what roads will be entered as Arterial, Minor Arterial, Collector and Local. We can decide which roads you may share with the County if you are a City and visa versa. Also, we will discuss our standard operating procedures for accurate measurement.

 

It pains me as a former vice president of a paving firm to see other pavement managers paying little if any attention to detailed quantities and accurate square yard measurements. What good is your budget if no one takes the time to add up all the cul de sacs, turnouts, widenings, round a bout s etc.? In fact, when we have something a little difficult to measure in the field with our digital devices we turn to http://goipave.com/ to do digital take offs.

 

  • Can we get a list of street names as they are entered into your GIS software?

 

In order to ensure that the StreetSaver® auto linkage works at its maximum efficiency and in order to minimize the time that Brian Frix, PE, APM will take performing manual GIS linkage, it is best for Lea and our data entry team to replicate the nomenclature for street name inventory on the GIS files. If you are using the US Tiger GIS Files, the process will take more manual linkage.

 

  • Do you have an idea of what your annual budget for roadway maintenance and rehabilitation will be?

 

As Jonathon Heese, APM Master states. “Just do it!! Figure out how much money you have to spend per year. We ran multiple scenarios at Arapahoe County, Colorado with Blair and fine-tuned our budgets. We also ran several what if unconstrained scenarios and target scenarios.”

 

“Nothing more affordable than StreetSaver® (or MicroPaver). Maybe you have been doing pavement management for years but your efforts have floundered. StreetSaver® and boots on the ground survey can reinvigorate you pavement management and give you the confidence to begin again. This time though, right sized and much more sustainable than before. Even very small towns are using StreetSaver® effectively. It has been said the right exercise for you is the one that you will do. The same could be said for pavement management. This is the easiest way and most cost effective method to save your agency money!”

 

 

Here is a short video of Jon discussing his set up in Arapahoe County, Colorado (the oldest County in Colorado) https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/yv7a57o3i2

 

Here is a sample final report that we did for City of Winder, GA https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/9gus5nnh31

 

  • Do you have some of your own equipment for preservation and rehab?

 

Many of our clients perform some of their work in house. Whether paving or crack sealing and filling or otherwise, we need to know so we can customize your work plan and requisite Decision Tree to maximize your return on investment as well as recommend other types of equipment you may benefit from owning. We will also determine when it is time to hire out to contractors rather than use your in house equipment.

 

  • Do you have accurate unit prices for all of your previous work?

 

In order for us to customize your StreetSaver® Decision Tree it is imperative that we are using current pricing. Ask me one day why The Barnhardt Group exists and I will tell you the story of when I was taking care of all of the Public Works Services for the largest privatized City in America, The City of Sandy Springs. They paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for pavement management from a high level consultant and got unit prices from 7 states away and two decades ago!

 

If you want to save millions following the Three Legged Stool™ System of pavement management that I outline in the Amazon Number One Best Seller The Book on Better Roads, then it is imperative that we are dealing with current and accurate unit pricing! Further we are utilizing ALL OF THE TOOLS IN THE TOOLBOX. Many consultants will leave you with a binder full of PCI ratings with three repairs, namely, thin overlay, medium overlay and thick overlay. SHAME ON YOU if you fall into that trap!!!!

 

Where I come from, the State DOT used to overlay their roads on a 7-year cycle, now one of their officials stated at a recent national meeting that due to budget constraints they could only overlay on a 99 year cycle. One day I will find that video clip and produce it as an IPMA™ Tip of the Week for your enjoyment!!!

 

  • Are there any dangerous areas of town we shouldn’t be in after dark?

 

We have to know the answer to this question just so we can stay alive to manage more pavements and make more videos.

 

OK this list is still in the works and I will edit it as I prepare the PDH Power Hour 2016 webinar series, but for know, I need to get out on the Prowler and survey some more roads for The City of Kingman, AZ. For those of you in AZ, recall that we have the cooperative bid clause set up with the City so you can bolt onto that contract at your earliest convenience!

 

Blair

 

Call me at 404-316-9792 anytime 7 days a week or blair@ipma.co we love serving our Circle Of Pavement Management RockSTARS!!!!

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IPMA™ Tip of the Week|Super Slurry in the Heartland

Hey Pavement Professional!!!!

This week we have an amazing video training for you Pavement Management RockSTARS!  Live from Bel Aire Kansas we finally feature our IPMA™ Charter Member Andale Paving as they show of their state of the art Super Slurry process that is taking over the Heartland stabilization industry!

If you are a local agency engineer that loves to do FDR Full Depth Reclamation on your crumbling roads but hate nasty Portland cement dust or other fugitive dusts flying around the country side this is for YOU!!!

Please sit back and enjoy part one here as I get into producing part two of this mini series!

Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week|Super Slurry in the Heartland!!!!
I am so glad to have the opportunity now to sit down in the Better Roads Bus each night and produce more valuable training content than anyone has ever seen in this lifetime!

ENJOY!

Contact Lori if you have any questions or pavement management projects you would like us to look at for you!

OH!  And here is the link for the “YouTubers”:

Blair

High-volume pavement preservation: Untapped potential for contractors

Re-Blogging from Better Roads Magazine

BY:  Chris Hill

|  February 15, 2016 |

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.10 PMAsphalt pavement preservation is a tactic used primarily in the realm of low-volume roadways. It has helped municipalities expand road life, keep overall highway maintenance costs down, and keep residents relatively happy during their commutes to and from work and home.

The success of these programs, along with interest from the Federal Highway Administration, is now pushing the paving industry to focus on pavement preservation for high-volume roadways.

The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University is leading the way, implementing pavement preservation test plots on U.S. 280 in central Alabama. The highway is a major artery into the metro Birmingham area. (See sidebar below, “High-volume preservation method testing.”)

NCAT directed placement of these plots last summer, collecting performance data such as roughness, rutting and cracking. In addition to collecting this data weekly, they are also studying more long-term performance metrics (such as field permeability) on a quarterly basis.

The test is designed to be a “rational starting point,” in order to narrow down which pavement preservation techniques are the optimal combination of life-cycle costs and performance. The secondary goal is to use the data gathered to create guide specifications, and to recommend guidelines for pavement quality assurance testing and inspection.

NCAT’s partner in road research, Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Minnesota Road Research Facility (MnROAD), is also testing some of the same pavement preservation treatments on high volume roadways in Minnesota’s cold-weather climate.

“Our goal is to execute a single experiment with nationwide impact through the MnROAD partnership,” says Buzz Powell, NCAT assistant director and test track manager. “This involves experiment design, construction planning, installation, performance testing, dissemination of findings, and (most importantly) implementation. It would be ideal for guidelines/specifications to be universal; however, best practices could vary as a function of climate, materials, etc.”

 

Municipal experience

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.00 PMThe Charleston County (South Carolina) Transportation Development department has been a model example of a municipality continually improving and expanding a preservation program. In honor of those achievements, For Pavement Preservation (FP2) awarded the agency its 2014 James B. Sorenson Award. FP2 lauded the agency for its work testing and implementing multiple preservation techniques, and for its communication efforts explaining the preservation work to the public.

Though more than 80 percent of the county’s preservation work takes place on low-volume roadways, according to Richard Turner, project and preservation program manager, one method stands out for its effectiveness on high-volume roadways: microsurfacing.

“We continue to run pilot projects trying different applications, and probably the most used is microsurfacing,” Turner says. “I’ve seen that successfully placed on high-volume roads here in Charleston, by us or by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), assuming it’s put on the right road at the right time. If you put a microsurfacing treatment down on a road that’s a little bit further into its life, the microsurfacing lifecyle won’t be as good as it would be if you applied the treatment earlier in its life.”

This technique is fairly new in the market for high-volume roads in South Carolina, with SCDOT using the technique for the first time seven years ago (on U.S. 17 in Charleston County). Turner says his agency’s first use of the technique was in 2011.

“We’re looking at a market that’s five to seven years old,” he says, adding that he hasn’t been able to work with contractors in South Carolina because there aren’t any doing the work. Instead, contractors from adjacent states are winning the contracts.

“The two or three companies that are bidding on projects throughout South Carolina are able to have a nomad crew that comes and spends 30 to 60 days in each county, get the work done and report back. I don’t know if there’s anyone in the state ready to invest yet or not.”

From Turner’s perspective, microsurfacing is a far better application for high-volume settings (compared to low-volume roads), a viewpoint that comes as a direct result of his agency’s communication efforts. It boils down to look and feel.

“When it’s placed on roads that are higher volume, we’ve gotten no complaints,” he says. “When we’ve placed it on lower volume roads, that’s when we get the questions. It’s mostly because you have folks walking on these roads and they’re looking at every little detail of that road. They can tell that it’s not the same as a hot mix or dense graded asphalt. That’s when they notice it. When you’re driving down the road you can’t see it or feel it. You can’t tell that it’s any different.”

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.22 PMPlacing a microsurface treatment on high-volume roads changes the esthetics of the mat, Turner explains, with more traffic improving its appearance within the first month of use. “The effectiveness of it doesn’t change one way or another, but from a public perception standpoint, I think it looks better on a high volume road,” he adds.

Public perception of microsurfacing has taken a hit from instances of improper placement, and also from the application being used as more of a temporary bandage. “Those roads needed much more than a microsurfacing or some other preservation treatment,” Turner says.

Turner’s point touches on a major concept of pavement preservation. A roadway in need of major work, or one that is failing, is not a good candidate for preservation work and requires more extensive rehabilitation. To paraphrase Marty Comer, the president of Comer Contracting in Connecticut, even in lieu of public opinion, preservation is a difficult concept for some municipalities to grasp.

“It’s a real tough sell,” he says. “Pavement preservation is for ‘good’ pavement, and to get people to spend money on good pavement is sometimes a challenge. In dealing with municipalities, it’s a tough sell when they have bad roads that need work and then they try and spend money on preservation work. That’s what the whole industry has been promoting for quite a number of years, but it’s still a tough sell.”

 

Contractor perspective

As in South Carolina, microsurfacing has emerged as the high-volume preservation of choice in Connecticut. And just like its southern counterpart, Connecticut faces a shortage of contractors to perform the task. Even as a pavement preservation specialist, most of Comer’s work is chip seal.

But, much of the preservation work in the state has been handled a different way. Connecticut has seen a strong run of resurfacing work over the past few years, with the state’s Department of Transportation recently reporting 2015 as the fourth straight year of increased two-lane road resurfacing.

“There was a lot of bituminous concrete (asphalt) put down last year as far as historical amounts, and they plan to do a fair amount this year,” Comer says. “ConnDOT has a tendency to call that pavement preservation, especially if it’s thin lift, because the paving industry has tried to make that the pavement preservation of choice.“

“The public will, to a certain extent, accept cape seal in this area with chip seal and microsurfacing over it,” he adds. “They still turn their nose up at it a little bit, but it’s perceived as more acceptable because it’s smoother. “

“The name of the game in any surfacing project is to avoid having loose stone. For instance, if you’re going to chip seal, it needs to be swept practically the same day. That’s where I think it’s going, at least where I’m working. The motoring public doesn’t accept chip seal well, but if you can make it smoother, if you can sweep it up real quick, then the pavement maintenance industry can have more success. You certainly have to be neat and produce a good looking product.”

 

– See more at: http://www.equipmentworld.com/high-volume-pavement-preservation-untapped-potential-for-contractors/#sthash.N4fGzf4Z.dpuf

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IPMA Academy | Accredited Pavement Managers | Testimonials Part 1

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Adelina Lowry, MD, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.

A.  I learned the criteria to quantify the range of impact of a pavement treatment on the PCI, based on the life span of the treatment
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?    

A.  More than two items:

•    Propose the paving coring at the project level to validate the road treatment recommended by the decision tree (PCI vs Treatment)

•    Propose a new pavement investment strategy:
* 20 % budget – pavement preservation
* 60 % budget – pavement rehabilitation
* 20 % budget – pavement reclamation/recycling
•    Evaluate the performance over time of the existing pilot samples of HA5 applied to sections of subdivision roads of different ages

Wayne McField, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  MORE about FDR and pavement treatments and timing.

Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?  

A.  All of it. It is very informative.

Jeremy Lucero, PE, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.  

A.  I was surprised to learn that lime could be used to mitigate the swell potential of clays.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?    

A.  Lime as a swell mitigation technique and possibly cement in CIP.

Luis Padilla, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  The fact that there are still so many out there that wont take action to make necessary improvements to their roadways.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job? 

A.  Application process/material usage and when

Brian Boder PE, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  There are more tools in the proverbial tool bag than I expected.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?  

A.  Managing pavements works and continue experimenting with different techniques and materials

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Flat Rate for Pavement Management: $278.77 per CLM for Counties and $324.77 per CLM for Cities

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Reno County Commission Introduced to Pavement Management by The Barnhardt Group

Written By: John Green

The Hutchinson News

jgreen@hutchnews.com

A Georgia-based pavement management contractor currently doing assessment work in Wellington made a presentation to the Reno County Commission Tuesday on the benefits of having a pavement management system.

Reno County Public Works Director Dave McComb, who is interested in developing such a system for the county, invited Blair Barnhardt of The Barnhardt Group to the meeting.

There is no money in the current county budget to implement such a system, but McComb said he would like the commission to be prepared to make a decision on whether enter such a contract in advance of the 2017 budget.

The purpose and benefit of a pavement management system, Barnhardt explained, is identifying preservation work that can extend a road’s life, rather than rebuilding roads after they have deteriorated, which is a more cost effective use of public works dollars.

Barnhardt’s company takes core samples from identified roadways to determine their makeup, assesses existing conditions of the road surface and subsurface, and then identifies up to 20 “distressers” that are impacting the life and condition of the road.

He gets down on his hands and knees, for example, Barnhardt said, to measure the length, depth, and severity of cracks in the pavement.

From the data gathered on the roads, a software program then makes recommendations on which of various methods of preservation work would best extend the life of the road at the most economical cost.

Spending 2 to 3 cents per square yard on assessment, Barnhardt contended, can save $10 a square yard on maintenance. Once the management system is in place, he said, “using the right treatments in the right place at the right time” can stretch road dollars by at least twice as much. Moreover, the industry is developing new preservation methods all the time.

So, rather than spending $1 million per mile to replace a deteriorated road, the county might be able to spend the same amount on preserving 20-plus miles of road and, eventually, with saved dollars, replace that deteriorated road.

David Edwards, of GSI Engineering in Wichita, which has partnered with Barnhardt in assessing projects identified by the management system, joined Barnhardt at the meeting.

Edwards noted that using the system might require the commission to allow already deteriorating roadways, which are already resulting in complaint calls to the commission, to deteriorate further while they do work on roads that appear in good condition, which may be politically difficult.

“You save what you can save first, and do the really bad roads down the road,” he said.

The commission will be able to point to hard evidence from the system that the decisions are more economically efficient, he said.

McComb, already interested in pavement management, learned more at a recent “lunch and learn” event sponsored by The Barnhardt Group.

The county has a system in place to sand seal so many miles of road each year, and pave so many miles of arterial with a cold asphalt mix, McComb said. However, he was interested in seeing what could be done, for example, to preserve the work done on Yoder Road 10 years ago, rather than spending millions to mill and asphalt the road again in 5 years.

“How can we get the best bang for our buck?” he said.

McComb also expressed a desire to have a system in place for determining road project spending that will still be in place when he is gone.

Asked by Commissioner Brad Dillon how their fee would work, Barnhardt said it is based on a per-mile contract, but it could be spread over several years, done all at once for a discount, or on a not-to-exceed pro-rated basis.

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