Product Update: Nebraska DOT and AASHTOWare Project Estimation™

November 26, 2018

There is so much to look forward to with the AASHTOWare Project Estimation upgrades being made in the AASHTOWare Project™ software suite. In fact, AASHTOWare Project 4.1 delivered two important estimation enhancements that address Ticketed Modification Requests (TMRs) submitted to the AASHTOWare Project Task Force.

The Item Mapping and Renumbering Feature
Under the AASHTOWare Project 4.1 release, AASHTOWare Project Estimation introduced item mapping. With this new feature, agencies can map items from a previous spec book to a new spec book as requested under TMR APR-16412. This mapping will make certain the correct historical data is used when calculating bid-based prices for items in the new spec book. This release also adds functionality that synchronizes projects and cost estimate line numbers when re-numbering is done in the AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction™ module with TMR APR-17664. Both of these enhancements will save users time and labor, with many more to come with the release of AASHTOWare Project 4.2.

AASHTOWare Project Estimation in AASHTOWare Project 4.2
AASHTOWare Project 4.2 development is in full swing and users can expect to see two major improvements that address TMRs APR-16138 (Optimizing Multiple Item Pricing Functions) and APR-14876 (Enable Merge of Two or More Cost Estimates). With TMR APR-16138, bid-based pricing performance will lessen the time needed to calculate bid-based prices in the AASHTOWare Project Estimation module, while maintaining the algorithm used to render those calculations. Under TMR APR-14876, merging cost estimates allows for combining estimates from different areas, such as Roadway or Bridge Design, into one single estimate before it transitions into the AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction module. Streamlining these workflows will make the estimating process more efficient.

“The Nebraska DOT is nearing the completion of phase 1 of its implementation of AASHTOWare Project Estimation. The implementation will allow NDOT to leverage technology that seamlessly integrates with the other modules of AASHTOWare Project being used. Because of this implementation, NDOT hopes to create more accurate scoping and design estimates that will allow us to have a more concise program. Also, our construction estimators, who traditionally built the project and proposal in AASHTOWare, will be able to spend more time focusing on the intricacies of the project rather than entering all of the data in the AASHTOWare Preconstruction module on their own. Through the implementation, the engagement and collaboration of the various project delivery business areas has also allowed us to develop a more streamlined process that will provide downstream users with more accurate information earlier in the project delivery process.”

– Todd Hill, Nebraska DOT Project Studies & Survey Engineer

State DOTs are excited about the new developments that are underway with AASHTOWare Project Estimation. Currently, there are a few agencies going through production and implementation. Check out the list below to see where they are in that process

In production:

  • Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)
    • Contact: Chad Richards
    • Functionality Used:
      • Conceptual Estimates through Final Engineer’s Estimate
      • Bid-Based Pricing
      • Typical Sections
      • Contingency
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
    • Contact: Robert May
    • Functionality Used:
      • Conceptual through Preliminary Estimates
      • Consultant Access
      • Bid-Based Pricing

Currently implementing:

  • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD)
    • Contact: Charles Nickel
    • Functionality Used:
      • Conceptual Estimates through Final Engineer’s Estimate
      • Typical Sections
      • Bid-Based Pricing
      • Contingency
  • Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT)
    • Contact: Devin Townsend
    • Functionality Used:
      • Project Estimates
      • Typical Sections
      • Bid-Based Pricing

Please feel free to reach out to the contacts listed above with any questions you may have about their implementation status and the functionality they are using in AASHTOWare Project Estimation.

— Charles Nickel, Value Engineering & Cost Estimation Director, Louisiana Department of Transportation; Lesly Tribelhorn, Highways Engineer, Montana Department of Transportation; and Erica Daughtry, Senior Business Analysis, Info Tech