Get ready for the Next Generation in Data‐Driven Decision Making: AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics – Solicitation coming Spring 2018

February 28, 2018

A revolutionary change to the way agencies will be able to analyze AASHTOWare Project data to find patterns, draw conclusions and make better data‐driven decisions is in the works!

For several decades now, the AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS legacy software has been widely regarded as the premier software product for the analysis of highway construction bid and project data. Built as an integral part of the client/server version, and using a relational, open architecture historical database, AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS was specifically designed to provide decision support in the areas of bid monitoring and evaluation, vendor (contractor) analysis, contract analysis, item price estimation, collusion detection, and planning and budgeting processes.

With the conversion of AASHTOWare Project to the web, the time has come for data analytics software that will deliver the power of AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS feature functionality and more, in web‐based AASHTOWare Project and software‐as‐a‐service (SaaS) environments. An effort is already underway to deliver initial core functionality for Line Item Profiles and Bid Evaluation Analysis in a production environment by August 2018. Although this preliminary effort will deliver some of the functionality contained in the existing AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS, there are many additional features that will need to be developed.

That’s where the AASHTO member agencies come in. AASHTO will be soliciting new funding in the spring of 2018 to support the full work plan for the continued development of AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS features, along with new functionality not found in the legacy system, in the web‐based and SaaS platforms. Participating agencies will have input into the requirements definition and testing the new software in hosted SaaS environments using their data prior to production release.

AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics (formerly AASHTOWare Project Decision Support) will be the new name of the software that will deliver decision support and analytical feature functionality in web‐based AASHTOWare Project and Software‐as‐a‐Service (SaaS) environments. Why the name change, you ask? The new name more accurately and fully reflects the intended use of the software and the vision for the future. AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics will be built to allow users to analyze the vast array of data within AASHTOWare Project to find patterns, draw conclusions, and most importantly enable better decisions based on the results.

Stay tuned for more information and be on the lookout for the project solicitation this spring!

Kevin Fox
AASHTOWare Project Task Force Chair​.