Ready-Set-Implement: AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials™

May 31, 2018

As the client/server AASHTOWare Project™ modules near the end of their lifecycles, it is important that agencies move forward with implementing the new web-based replacement components. The web-based AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials software offers numerous advantages over its client/server predecessors including new and improved functionality in many areas. It is part of the web-based AASHTOWare Project unified database and single standard security model used by all of the web-based modules. In addition, access to the software is much more readily available to both internal and external users as a web browser and internet connection is all that is required.

Quite a few agencies have been actively planning and preparing for implementation of the AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials software for the past several years. This presents an information-sharing opportunity of lessons learned and other considerations that can assist multiple agencies. For example, Mississippi and Montana have created over 60 materials agency views thus far and have indicated they are willing to share with other agencies.

Currently, two agencies are in production with AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials. Minnesota was the first agency to go “live” beginning in November 2016.They are currently running full production statewide using the construction portion of the software. Minnesota’s use of the software includes the Info Tech® Mobile Inspector® app to capture Daily Work Reports (DWRs) in the field. They are currently working on a second phase of the software to implement the materials functionality.

Michigan implemented their first “live” contract into production in April 2018. A small number of additional contracts will be added in production during 2018 with statewide implementation of all new contracts planned for 2019. Michigan’s implementation is separated into two phases. The first phase currently being rolled out is using the construction functionality and partial materials functionality, with the focus on replacing current functions in AASHTOWare Project FieldManager™ and AASHTOWare Project Construction Administration™. The second phase will implement additional AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials features that are not available in AASHTOWare Project FieldManager or AASHTOWare Project Construction Administration along with further use of the materials functionality in the software.

Many additional agencies such as Florida, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin currently are evaluating, planning and completing various tasks in preparation to implement AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials. Much of the work at these agencies involves analyzing business workflows that can be reengineered and simplified, planning for data migration, and identifying ways to help achieve an e-Construction process. For example, Kansas will be moving from their mainframe legacy system to AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials to provide seamless integration with the AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction™ and AASHTOWare Project Civil Rights & Labor™ software already in production.

The opportunity to easily share experiences and lessons learned with other agencies is one of the most significant benefits of licensing AASHTOWare Project. The AASHTOWare Project Task Force encourages everyone to reach out to your contacts from other agencies to ask questions, share perspectives and lessons learned to take advantage of the path others have already traveled. Bringing everyone’s knowledge and ideas together helps ensure a successful implementation of AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials for everyone!

Read more about AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials in the Product in Focus section.

– Kevin Fox, PTF Chair, Michigan DOT/DTMB; Melissa Q. Horne, Info Tech, Inc.