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Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week LIVE FROM St. Charles, MO

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Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week
LIVE FROM St. Charles, MO

You know, a lot of folks are starting to get excited about pavement management and rightfully so.

Be forewarned however that not all consultants out there providing these services are delivering all that they promise.

Recall that Scott McDonald and I did a podcast session on Better Roads Radio a while back, here is the link http://ipma.co/betterroadsradio/2014/01/16/episode-3-the-one-where-blair-corners-scott-mcdonald-ipma-advisory-board-member-and-paver-guru/ where we discussed the key essentials in setting up your data base.

Well, apparently there are still firms out there, buzzing around collecting data all over the country that pay little if any heed to the last M and R date or pavement section type for that matter.

Then, as you may have guessed our team swoops in and helps aid the agencies in fixing all the corrupted data that is input into the PAVER™ data base for your agency. (BTW, the same stuff likely happens with other software programs out there).

If your city or county is interested in setting up a pavement management program, and I don’t see why you wouldn’t be, take a look at this short video to learn the key essentials to pavement management basics SO THAT YOU DON”T HAVE TO ENDURE THE PAIN OF FIXING EVERYTHING at a later date.

Hope that didn’t offend anyone LOL.
Best, Blair

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The Book on Better Roads | Chapter 1/A

Chapter 1 – In the Beginning

What other business could keep doing things the same way they have been since 1956 and still be in business today? I mean, does anyone reading this book right now still use a rotary dial up phone? Anyone still listening to 8 track tapes, vinyl records, cassette tapes? How about your cameras, anyone still buying film in rolls? Just the other day while at Torrey Pines Beach the kids were using their iPhones with some special device to do Kodak instant photos like we used to do with the big clunky cameras.

 

And yet, each week as I drive the Better Roads Bus across North America I see literally billions of dollars being wasted milling up asphalt roads, breaking up concrete roads, dumping our resources into the desert ditches or piling the rubble up into mountanous stockpiles. As a former Vice President of a paving and reclamation firm, I used to bid upwards of 50 million dollars of work each year. And as a college instructor, estimating is something I do in my sleep so to speak. So imagine how painful it is for me as a drive through a construction site, risking my life as I am being forced to drive at 60 miles an hour on a two lane section of Interstate with the only thing beside me and the oncoming Mack Truck being a 40 pound reflective delineator barrel.

 

This is so wrong. I mean if taking care of 4 million miles of roadways in America or anywhere for the matter was a private sector firm, and we knew that we could take care of it for 40% less money in half the time, wouldn’t we have done it? Of course we would have, because like we see so often in the private sector, when firms don’t stay innovative and keep up with current technology and best practices they simply go bankrupt and expire.

 

So here is where we are at in the simplest form I can put this. If we don’t start changing the way we take care of our roads (don’t even get me started on our bridges) according to www.smartgrowthamerica.com we are spending 57% of our GDP on 1.3% of our roadway system building additional lanes. If you do the math that means we are spending a measly 43% of the GDP on the other 98.7% trying to take care of it all. Everything.

 

In the beginning, when we built the Interstate System in USA (plug in whatever system of roadways you have in your country) I don’t suspect much thought went into how we were going to preserve it. And now with the little bit of revenue generated with the gas tax, we are faced with an incredible plight of having to maintain, preserve, and rehabilitate our aging roadways.

 

Now I can’t control what went on in the past with our forefathers, and how they rehabilitated the roads in this country and the world, but I damn sure am not going to sit here and watch us pilfer away billions of dollars when I KNOW we can be doing more with less money and less carbon footprint in half the time. I made a promise to one pavement engineer that I would not pick on what agencies have done in the past, like before there were milling machines and such. But there is absolutely NO REASON why we are not following The Three Legged Stool™ Pavement Management System today and forever into the future.

 

Now let me do some explaining here. I want to make it perfectly clear to you that while reading this book and referring back to it regularily that there are champions out there implementing everything that I am teaching in this book. These champions are generally going to have APM™ after their name or have the knowledge that comes with this Accredited Pavement Manager™ Certification. These are the pavement managers, consultants, vendors, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers that have taken the time to digest 70 hours of online training to become better stewards of their infrastructure.

 

In addition to the APM™ Alumni and those currently enrolled there are also a small army of people that embrace all the elements that are taught in IPMA™ Academy. Moreover, several large State DOTs, and Industry Trade Associations understand this Book and the message and vision that it contains.

 

It is unfortunate however, that these Champions above cannot single handidly resurect our economy and our infrastructure. Currently our roadways sit at a decrepit D + rating according to ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers current Report Card. And at this vary time in history, even with FHWA promoting all things sustanibility and preservation in their current Transportation Bill MAP 21, there are still some high ranking US DOT officials out there along with industry trade association staff , and even State DOT Officials sabatoging efforts to do anything different than a thin overlay, medium overlay and thick overlay.

 

In simplest of terms, the naysayers rebell against change and all of the ecological and economical benefits associated with doing things differently and better. Ironically, in The Three Legged Stool System™ of Pavement Management, the hot mixed asphalt producers and Portland concrete roadbuilders and bridge builders will actually get substantially more work by freeing up the funds that are being wasted doing things the same old way since 1956 – the year that our Interstate System was started.

 

As I mentioned in the Introduction, I am taking the high road and sticking to it wherever possible but…..

 

Imagine if you will, I have spent the last two decades of my life teaching and saving agencies just like you millions and millions of dollars doing pavement management, in place pavement recycling and pavement preservation. I have taught National Highway Institute Workshops, developed and delivered curriculum for three prominent universities, IPMA™, NWETC, APWA, LTAP, TTAP, and on and on. A few short months ago I was standing in front of a US DOT Official who blatenly told me that he thought a lot of these processes were “snake oil” and wasn’t sure they were going to work.

 

REALLY?

 

I mean, we have some State DOTs going back now and re recycling roads that they recycled 22 years ago or more. These agencies have saved 600 million dollars in doing so to date or more. FHWA has spent tens of thousands sponsoring the NHI Workshop developments, and re developments and many thousands more on the Basic Asphalt Reycling Manual. And this man stands in front of me, with my tax dollars paying his salary and says “snake oil”?

 

How about the fact that a few short days after our consulting side of the business has gone in and delivered an absolute rock solid pavement management plan for getting an agency onto better roadways for less money with pavement preservation and in-place pavement recycling, a local State DOT staffer goes in under the guise of a concerened citizen and convinces the Chairman and his Commission that my professional advice is not good, and those treatments I speak of are “snake oil”, and they really should consider doing thin overlays, medium overlays and thick overlays, and chip seal.

 

But, strangely enough, one of the treatments this “concerned citizen” speaks of was used during the timing of a high profile international event in this same state (600,000 SY or more) and a TRB report from State Officials of this State went on record touting the benefits of this same treatment that I recommended as one of the preservation techniques in my final pavement management report.

 

So there you have it, the impetus for me to sit here and type this Book on Better Roads for you to enjoy and learn from. Had it not been for that day so many short months ago, I may have procrastinated forever and never served up this simple guide to resurecting our infrastructure and economy. We can put a man on the moon, we sure as heck can have better roads!

 

Now on a positive note, several state agencies like Utah DOT, and Caltran to name a few invite me out each and every year to train their staff.   In fact I was recently asked by a Utah DOT Official to do the keynote speech for their annual meeting. They get it. Big shout out to folks like Reed Ryan at UAPA, Utah Asphalt Pavement Association – they get it. Their paving contractor members took very little time to figure out that with the Three Legged Stool System™ of Pavement Management, they could increase their tonnage out of their plants by 20%!

I emplore you, as an Elected Official, Ratepayer, or everyday Normal Citizen, learn all there is to know about what is going on in the close door meetings with the local contractors and your staff about all things pavment management, preservation and in place pavement recycling. If you want to do more with less, you have got to take heed to the warning signs.

 

In a day and age where agencies are grinding up their hard topped surfaces and reverting them back to dirt roads, you must understand that in the beginning, there may have not have been a solution – but today there is, and you have no excuse to keep doing things the same old way. In Part Two of this Book, there will be countless case studies to prove to you that there is hope. But you have to implement. It is not enough to just watch the videos and read the Book.

 

Even after you have registered your book at www.thebookonbetterroads.com/register you will have to empower your pavement managers and engineering staff to make the critical changes to your pavmeent management system. And if you don’t have a system in place, for 2 cents a square yard, you can save ten bucks a square yard by proper selection of the requisite treatments. That is a $9.98/SY net gain in my books and I am not the brightest light bulb in the fridge!

 

Now I don’t puport to be a genius in any one of the areas that I will talk about in the Book, but I can tell you that the bean counters, you know the City Managers, CFOs, and County Managers always perk up a bit and have a sparkle in their eye when I mention that doing pavement management annually or at least every three years or so gives the GASB 34 Auditors reason to give your City or County a better bond rating!

 

So, bottom line in this Chapter if I have said it properly is that this is the biggest no brainer in all of mankind, and if it weren’t for the naysayers out there backstabbing the efforts of the Champions, our country (plug in your country if you are outside of USA) could have much better roads for less money and less carbon footprint!

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Your jurisdiction will go on to save 10 bucks a square yard every time, literally saving millions each calendar year by doing the right treatment on the right road at the right time with the right contractor and for the right reason! You can thank us later, now sit back and enjoy the video!

Be sure to LIKE and Share all over social media!!!! If 50 cities or counties in 50 states would do this in 2016, we could save this great country 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS and have better roads for everybody for less money and less carbon footprint!

PS Heed the Naysayers, this Great Country has a bunch of folks that would LOVE to continue rehabilitating this Country’s 4 million miles of roads the exact same way they did it in 1956 while they order up their private jets on their iPhone apps… there I said it. We can make our crumbling roads GREAT AGAIN!!!! Blair : )

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Utah Roadie, Roadie, Roadie | Pavement Management

Well, it’s official!  Blair got the PURPLE HARLEY.  Now he and Jackie are tearing up Route 66.

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Blair and I are hosting a special free webinar next Wednesday at 2pm.

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Three-legged Stool™ System of Pavement Management

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 6.42.56 PMIf you’re going to set up a three-legged stool™ system of pavement management and
succeed with it, it’s basically three steps.

You’ve got:
• Pavement management as #1,
• Pavement preservation as #2,
• In-place recycling as #3.

When you marry all three of these together,you get the three-legged stool™ system of pavement management.

1. Pavement Management
First of all, many cities and counties typically have no idea how many miles of paved road they actually have. We see this firsthand.  I walk this walk and talk the talk every single day. When I’m not making new curriculum for IPMA Academy or for one of our books or one of our audio or DVD sets, my consulting firm is out there on
the ground doing pavement distress evaluation day in, day out, all across this great country.
Moreover, many cities and counties have no idea of the condition of these roadways. For $0.02 per square yard, they can have a pavement distress evaluation performed, whether they get their own folks to do it in their house or hire an expert consulting firm.
Now if you do hire an expert consulting firm, I highly recommend that the consultants are selected following the guidelines laid out in the APWA Red Book, the qualifications-based selection guide.  So go ahead and get that from Apwa.net if you don’t already have it.  The pavement distress evaluation will help to identify the pavement type, whether it’s chipseal or micro-surfacing, hot-mix asphalt pavement or otherwise, along with the pavement condition index, the all important PCI. Now typically, the PCI has zero as undriveable at the bottom end and 100 as brand new at the top end per ASTM 6433. Now other systems may be 1 to 10 or 0 to 60; we’re
talking in the book predominantly and throughout IPMA Academy about ASTM 6433 or 0 to 100 scale with 100 being brand new.  Once the PCI is in the computer software, three different types of budgets can be run.
These three scenarios are as follows:
1.  A needs-based budget in the scenario the algorithms and the software will compute precisely how much money your city, your county needs each year to get your pavement network at optimum level. That’s an average network level of PCI of maybe 84 to 86. It never gets to 100; 84/86 is optimal. That is like winning the lottery, is what I usually say when we print that binder off and give it to our clients.
We say, “Unless you win the lottery, you’re never going to have enough money to go around to do everything that the software wants you to do.”
2.  Next, we have target-driven scenario, and the target-driven scenario is where you go back to city council or the county commission meeting, and you say, “We’re at a network level of PCI equals 57 that we’d like to get to a 70.” So now knowing that you aspire to get to a PCI of 70, the software will actually go out and tell you how much money it will take to do that and how long it will take to do it. So again, that is a target-driven scenario.
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3.  Now the third is generally the budget scenario that we set up. It is where you come to us or you go to your pavement manager, and you say, “I have $5 million a year to spend, and by the way, there is a detailed little analysis in your book that will tell you how much you should be spending each year on your roads. So make sure you refer to that from time to time.”  So, in the budget case scenario, you tell the program you’ve $5 million to spend; it will go out there and tell you if you’re under
funded and if your network PCI is going to drop or stay the same or go out. Based on that amount per year, you can tweak it so you can spend various amounts per year. If you have a sudden influx of money, you can run another budget scenario and add that.  At this point, I must stress the importance of having a qualified staff to set up your decision tree within a computerized pavement management software platform. There’s two software programs that are used most frequently for cities and counties, and those two are MicroPAVER and StreetSaver. Both programs allow the user to spend just $1,000 or $2,000, and you’re up and running, whether you do it in-house or you hire someone to do it. They’re not expensive, very robust programs, and they can be cloud-based. In the case of MicroPAVER, it can also be on your server.
But most of the industry is heading more towards a cloud-based system with automatic updates, so you never have to worry about automatic backups; you never have to worry about a thing other than putting your data in and managing it. Both programs follow ASTM 6433 and are fully capable of doing all the aforementioned
scenarios and the decision tree setup.
Now remember, a real person has to sit down and put in all the unit prices for the decision tree setup. I will reiterate, many pavement management software programs are very sophisticated and robust, and can run multiple scenarios on multiple different types of pavement and functional class codes, but they are all only being fed thin overlay, medium overlay, and thick overlay. That in itself is a recipe for disaster as there are so many tools in the preservation and rehabilitation toolbox to repair your infrastructure.
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The most common question I get is, “How much does it cost me to set all this up, Blair, and pay for the program?” So again, MicroPAVER or StreetSaver is going to cost you between $1,000 to $2,000, really depending on whether you get your GIS integrated and so forth. Typically, you’re going to spend $0.2 per sq. yard to set up your pavement management network. That’s including having a consultant to come out and rate everything with boots on the ground.
It’s going to save you, with qualified expertise setup, upwards of $10 per sq. yard. Now that’s a net savings of $9.98 no matter how you slice it. It doesn’t really cost you money, therefore, to manage your pavements; it’s actually costing you money not to manage them.
There’s training available through IPMA Academy should you choose to train your team in pavement management, thanks to the partnership between Auburn University and the International Pavement Management Association. Again, IPMA Academy’s 70 hours of the most comprehensive online training available to mankind ever created, you get your Accredited Pavement Manager certification. Now with the partnership with Auburn University, you also get the Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).
We have broken out the three modules, so you can now take one module at a time. If you so choose to put all three together, you get your APM (Accredited Pavement Manager) designation. If you’d only take one module or two modules, you get a certificate for taking that module and the requisite CEUs.
So that is #1. You’ve got your pavement management system set up. Now let’s start going in and plugging in some of the stuff into the decision tree.

2. Pavement Preservation
The second part of the three-legged stool pavement management system is pavement preservation. Now there is a multitude of preservation treatments available across this country to preserve and protect our pavement structure, so that they never fall into a state where they need to be removed and rebuilt completely.  The timing of these treatments is critical, however, but the
good news is this that with the properly designed pavement management software system, your team will have the scientific proof of the proper treatments at the proper time.
Now one of the keys of the entire three-legged stool system is applying the right treatment on the right road at the right time with the right contractor and for all the right reasons, and not just because it’s an election year. An example of this might be as the PCI drops from 100 down to 77, a simple slurry, micro-surfacing or high density mineral bond treatment might be triggered for installation at that time.
This preservation type and timing is set up in the decision tree in the MicroPaver or the StreetSaver software or whatever software you’re using or you’ve selected, which we discussed earlier. Worth noting is that some of the preservation treatments also double as wearing surfaces for the in-place recycled roadways, and I’ll talk about that next.
But before we go any further, I have to reiterate the importance of what preservation is in the eyes of federal highways (FHWA) and the ADA (American Disabilities Act).
What is preservation, and what is an alteration?  You see, the most recent clarifications that have been made by the U.S. Department of Justice concerns the difference between doing a job with a slurry seal
Or micro-surfacing, which could mean you spend $300,000 or $900,000. The reason for that is not just that micro costs a bit more than the slurry, but, more significantly,
choosing micro forces the hand of the city or the county official to also upgrade all of the ADA ramps and sidewalks among other ADA related improvements.
Wondering how significant this is? Well, I do Google Alerts on all of the stuff we talk about in The Book On Better Roads, and just about every week I read about
some city or county that just had their paving project double in cost because of this very subject we just discussed.  One county engineer told me that one of her bucket truck drivers accidentally left the boom up on his truck at an intersection and slightly bent one of the crossbars in the signalized intersection. It cost her county half a million bucks in ADA upgrades to meet the construction compliance laws set up by the Department of Justice.

Now following is a list of some preservation products you may put into play with your city or county. Most of all the products have been used for a decade or more, some for several decades. Again, this is not meant to be an all encompassing list. A little disclaimer here: this is not meant to be an endorsement of any type of product, service, software or otherwise. We don’t roll that way here.
From the top of the curve down, we’ve got, remember, this being 100 and down to 0, and these would all fall up in the upper range of the curve, hence “top of the curve.”
We’ve got rejuvenating agents like the PASS products from Western Emulsions: rejuvenating fog seals, rejuvenating scrub seals. Then we’ve got chip seals: single, double and triple chip seals; tar and chip you may call them, other names along the way.  I’ve got to point this out: Chip seals are not seal coats. Now some state DOTs refer to chip sealing as a seal coat, but a chip seal is a chip seal. A chip seal is a surface treatment; a chip seal is not a seal coat.
Then we’ve got the high density mineral bonds (HA5). We’ve
Got slurry seals; we’ve got micro-surfacing which at one time was referred to as Polymer Modified Slurry (PMs). We’ve got ultra-thin bonded wearing courses. Thin overlays, now we’re talking about the hot-mix family here, and thin overlays with RAS (Recycled Asphalt Shingles) and RAP (Recycled Asphalt Product).  Mr. Gerry Huber talked about this. We were at Purdue together a couple years back, and he had a great discussion about RAS/RAP mixtures with upwards of 57% recycled product. I think there was like 18% Recycled Asphalt Shingles and 39% Recycled Asphalt Product. Also, I want to point out that Dr. Mike Heitzman from NCAT
also did a really good IPMA Academy live session for us just a while back on hot-mix asphalt thin overlays in pavement management.  Again, this list above is not meant to be all inclusive. If I missed something during the recording of the session, know that there are maybe a few others out there that you are considering or your agency already currently uses. So here is where the biggest bang for your buck comes for your city or county and the third leg in the three-legged stool system of pavement management:  in-place recycling.

Since the majority of our four million miles of paved roads in the USA are hot-mix asphalt pavements, we focus on the three main disciplines for hot-mix asphalt pavements, namely Hot In-place Recycling (HIR), Cold In-place Recycling (CIR), and Full-Depth Reclamation (FDR).

However, on the concrete pavement side of the rehabilitation and preservation fence, there are plenty of requisite treatments for PCC as well. One of those we discuss quite often for rehabilitation of PCC is rubblization.
3. In-Place Recycling Treatments
Following are the in-place asphalt recycling disciplines and the respective sub-disciplines.  We’ve got Hot In-place Recycling with the sub-disciplines being:
surface recycling; remixing and repaving. And we’ve got the hybrid combo called Re-HEAT.  Now simply speaking, the surface recycling technique involves a series of sequential heaters that heat up the old asphalt surface in-place. The train moves down the roadway one lane at a time, heating the pavement upwards of 300 degrees, adding polymer modified rejuvenating agent, then scarifying the surface to a nominal depth between one and two inches. The rejuvenated mix is then laid out with an attached screed, just like a conventional paving screed, which is attached to the back-end of the last sequential heater. The mix is compacted with a conventional hot-mix asphalt type pavement equipment.  You could think about this process, the surface recycling, or scarification, as giving you a new leveling course, where wearing surfaces from the pavement preservation list, could be added.

Next, we have the remixing sub-discipline heats up the old in-situ asphalt pavements, similar to the former method I just discussed, but this time, having the ability to add upwards of 30% of new version hot-mix asphalt at the same time. Now imagine, if you will, using that 57% super-duper RAP/RAS combo that I mentioned
earlier in the session as your supplemental admixture for this remixing technique.
In this technique, the crew can do two to three inches in depth by doing sequential heating, milling, and mixing. This technique is used on all types of roads, including the Oklahoma turnpike which I think I just drove over a week ago in the Better Roads bus. In the case of the turnpike, they applied an ultra-thin bonded wearing
course as the top course or the final asphalt layer.

Now the third sub-discipline of Hot In-place Recycling (HIR) is the
repaving method. When we talk about this in class, I use the peanut butter and jelly sandwich analogy. So picture this: Take the old asphalt that gets heated and scarified, much like the first sub- discipline, with the jelly being into new pavement placed on the top of the peanut butter or the one inch of heated old pavement. Both
layers are laid out with a double screed and compacted as one new homogenous mixture.  The Re-HEAT process is kind of a hybrid between the remixing and the surface recycling. It heats up about two inches of the in-situ asphalt mix and scrapes it off the road bed, picks it up and puts it into an onboard batch plant. The batch plant runs right up inside the heater unit, and the asphalt mix gets polymer modified
rejuvenating oil added to it. Nothing else is being added, per se, just the recycling agent and the old asphalt mix, but it’s getting mixed inside of a barrel which results in a really nice homogenous mixture. It now comes out behind the heater in the final preheating and heating stages, and gets put down with basically the exact same paver. It’s integral; it’s attached to the machine itself. It’s as good or better than a standard paver that you would see on a conventional hot-mix asphalt job. The mix goes down through the paver and gets laid out and compacted with conventional compaction equipment. What makes the Re-Heat a bit different is that it does not require an additional wearing surface.

With Cold In-place Recycling (CIR)you can have single unit trains, dual unit trains, and multi unit trains. The contractors are still performing partial depth reclamation and rely on you as the agency to have at least four inches of pavement depth. The contractors can strip off the entire pavement section and recycle it in-place with engineered emulsion or foamed asphalt, provided there is a good structure underneath.  The CIR contractors coin this phrase “following the rock.” It’s
worth noting here that as we go through this list of in-place recycling techniques, we are also following the declining PCI ratings.
We’re following “the curve” as we go down through these treatments. While a Hot In-Place candidate pavement may have a PCI of 62, a CIR candidate may present itself as a PCI 52 and have a thicker pavement section for the contractor to deal with.
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That brings us to FDR (Full-Depth Reclamation) where a typical candidate selection may be a PCI 21 or less.  Now the good news is whether it’s a 21 or an 11 or a 1, it’s still going to require FDR with some sort of wearing course. So don’t struggle once the pavements get down below 30 and think you have to do everything all at once, worst first. No. In fact, you should take two or three years to budget for those types of roads and make sure you have enough money in the budget to cover those costs.

Know that, with in-place options, you can do these FDR projects for a third of the cost of conventional dig out and reconstruction.  There will never likely be a time when you’ll have to ever, ever, ever dig up your old road and haul it away to a landfill site. In fact, for those of you who have seen me do a live conference event, I’ve been known to get the entire audience to stand up and make that pledge with me.

FDR (Full-Depth Reclamation) can be done with mechanical stabilization, chemical stabilization. or bituminous stabilization.  The pavement structure — it can be of any combination of pavement, thickness, granular or dirt — as a requisite treatment will take care of most every situation you may have.  Again, experts know to go out in the field and get proper mixed designs and soil samples, so they can align the right treatment with the right road at the right time for the right reason with the right contractor. At times, soil stabilization can be used in conjunction with the FDR to take care of the very worst case scenarios. I think back to the 30 miles in Natchez Trace Parkway that we did for Federal Highways. We took a full advantage of all the treatments that we talked about today with FDR and soil stabilization.

Note, this in-place method is a fraction of the cost of conventional undercut and provides the same or better surface life, probably the biggest no-brainer of all time.
For more information on any of the above, please refer to your copy of “The Book On Better Roads”.
Wherever you go, thanks for reading the Pavement Management Primer. Hope to see you real soon.

Blair Barnhardt, signing off.

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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Georgia Pavement Management Software

SOME state DOTs are telling their local agencies to use a pavement management system that is dated or not capable of running budget scenarios on the most cost effective treatments or take full advantage of pavement preservation….

WORSE than that they are not themselves using the actual software they are trying to get you to use….

MOREOVER, a local agency like yours no matter how small has hundreds of millions of dollars of valuable roadway assets, but you don’t have enough money to maintain them

Want to do this right, then call us to set you up, or at least get the book and go through IPMA Academy….404-953-0131

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Ok, a quick disclaimer reminder here as you enjoy the book, we are not here to promote any one product, service or company.

We’ll talk about software like MicroPAVER™ and StreetSaver® pavement management software, on the consulting side of the business, we set up about 14 or 15 local agencies in the Southeast with StreetSaver® pavement management software. We also used MicroPAVER™ to do pavement manager for the US Corp of Engineers at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. On the teaching side we cover both software in detail in IPMA™ Academy www.ipmaacademy.com and do private customized training on both. There may be many different ways to evaluate and manage your pavments, these two software programs we discuss may be the only two that follow ASTM 6433 verbatum. The reader is encouraged to look at all of the options, not just the ones that we discuss in this book.

That being said, know that many cities and counties across this country and the world use these two programs with great success.

CITY OF WINDER, GA

For those of you who are interested you can listen in to www.betterroadradio.com the only podcast on the planet dedicated to saving our crumbling roads, Episode 3 to hear a session from Blair and Scott as they discuss the key elements of setting up your pavement management system successfully.

At the end of the day even with all the people that have gotten involved in this loop for a mere 2 or 3 cents per square yard to implement a pavement management system and correlate all that back at their office and have this network level inventory of all the roads just like you said with the functional class codes what do we have for pavement types? What they heck are we going to do in 10 years, what are we going to do in 20 years?

Well the bottom line is in the case of Richmond which is a perfect example, if they can use the eco-efficient preservation in-place recycling techniques and save let’s say 20-30% of the budget so now they are saving $8.00 or $9.00 per square yard on any one given project, they are spending 3 cents that looks to me like a $7.97 net gain.

Now for those of you who don’t know how to collect that data or use your best guestimate or have your staff do the best guestimate you know we’ve had the IPMA™ Tip of the Week where we’ve had the fire hydrant where we taught you guys how to back calculate the base M&R date based on how many overlays we have, when was the subdivision originally built.

If you haven’t watched that episode, go to our YouTube Channel IPMATV and look up that www.youtube.com/user/ipmatv segment on the fire hydrant and back calculating the last M&R date. (as a reminder, if you register your Book on Better Roads at www.thebookonbetterroads.com/register you wont’ miss a single episode of IPMA™ TV).