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Welcome from Task Force Chair, Janet Treadway

August 26, 2021

Greetings everyone,

This installment of the AASHTOWare Project Quarterly newsletter continues to highlight many areas of continued or new focus within the AASHTOWare Project product and community, including product release information and an update on Data Analytics.

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An Update on the AASHTOWare Project Bids to SaaS Effort

August 26, 2021

The AASHTOWare Project Taskforce (PTF) is working with Infotech to gradually upgrade AASHTOWare Project Bids into a new SaaS solution. We are making this change to reduce the number of systems required for bidding and create a more efficient bidding process for contractors and agencies alike.

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PUG Chair Corner: Moving Forward to the 2021 Virtual PUG

August 26, 2021

The 2021 PUG will be virtual and held on Monday, September 27 through Thursday, September 30, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM ET. The agenda for the 2021 Virtual PUG is being provided using Cvent and is located at http://www.cvent.com/events/2021-pug-virtual-conference/event-summary-97fe9d5dc6b74905ba25f4c91365da01.aspx

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September Town Hall at the PUG 2021 Virtual Meeting

August 26, 2021

AASHTOWare Project™ is built with the needs of DOTs in mind, which is why the Project Task Force (PTF) prioritizes open communications with end-users. It’s our goal to hear from as many users as possible. We felt the last PTF town hall was successful in helping us connect with the user community, so we decided to continue them twice a year. One opportunity will be during the Project User Group (PUG) Annual meeting and the other opportunity in the spring of the following year.

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Marketing Update

August 26, 2021

Each year the AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) and AASHTO work with Infotech to produce educational resources and marketing materials designed to provide agencies with the latest enhancements, releases, and opportunities. The PTF is excited to share the FY22 Marketing Plan has been approved and centers around four key goals:

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AASHTOWare Project™ 4.6 Release Preview

August 26, 2021

AASHTOWare Project™ 4.6 is scheduled for release on September 10, 2021. Agencies are encouraged to begin their upgrade planning now to implement the enhancements and warranty fixes in the release as soon as possible. There are a total of 32 enhancements in this release, with an additional 84 TMRs resolved. Additionally, this release expands the dashboard functionality and delivers two additional dashboards. It also delivers the first of three TMRs for Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) on Contracts, with the following two scheduled for release in March 2022 with 4.7 and for release in October 2022 with 4.8.

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AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics™ SaaS Update

August 26, 2021

AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) analyzes agency data throughout the construction life cycle. The initial release of the AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics SaaS module was in August 2019. Agencies with a paid license to AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS or an AASHTOWare Project Site License have access to the first two themes available in the initial release of the AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics SaaS module, including features from the Line Item Profile and Bid Evaluation Analysis themes.

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Welcome from Task Force Chair, Janet Treadway

May 27, 2021

Greetings everyone,

This installment of the AASHTOWare Project Quarterly newsletter continues to highlight many areas of continued or new focus within the AASHTOWare Project product and community, including product release information and welcoming a new PTF member, Doug Harz from Connecticut DOT. We also want to take the time to remember Mike Jenkins, a very devoted user of the AASHTOWare Project community, and we have asked a long-time peer and friend, Jeff Hisem, to share a few words.

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force, the AASHTO staff, and the Infotech staff hope you are healthy and well and continue to be.

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License Renewal and Successful Year

May 27, 2021

We are looking forward to another successful year in AASHTOWare Project!

 

License renewal season has begun, and we love having you as our customer! We look forward to another successful year and want to ensure you continue taking advantage of our unique and powerful enterprise software suite designed by you, especially for you and your peers; retain all your current preferences and access to the software and the community resources.

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Welcome Doug Harz to the Project Task Force!

May 27, 2021

The PTF is pleased to announce that Doug Harz from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has been appointed by the Special Committee on AASHTOWare (SCOA) to join the PTF. Doug is a Transportation Engineer III with CTDOT and serves as a team lead and admin for their AASHTOWare Project Implementations.

 

We’re looking forward to working with Doug to make AASHTOWare Project a better software for our users. Welcome, Doug!

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AASHTOWare Project™ 4.5 Release

May 27, 2021

AASHTOWare Project™ 4.5 is now live! On March 10, AASHTOWare Project 4.5 officially went live to our user community with a host of updates, enhancements, and warranty fixes. Agencies are encouraged to begin their upgrade process to start enjoying improvements to a variety of modules. There are a total of 27 enhancements in this release, with an additional 103 TMRs resolved. Perhaps most excitingly, dashboard functionality is included in this release and will be bolstered in future releases. To read the full EUD on this upgrade, sign in to aashtowareproject.org and navigate to Announcements.

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March PTF Town Hall Recap

May 27, 2021

The Project Task Force (PTF) hosted a successful town hall meeting on March 29th. We want to thank our participants for joining and sharing your feedback with us on Monday. It’s imperative to the PTF that we’re hearing from users like you directly since AASHTOWare is built with the needs of DOTs in mind. We hope you found the town hall valuable; we know we did!

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AASHTOWare Project™ Marketing Update

May 27, 2021

Together with the AASHTOWare Project™ Task Force (PTF) and Infotech, AASHTO provides educational resources and opportunities for agencies to stay up-to-date on the latest information to make the most out of AASHTOWare Project. Our marketing resources are designed to showcase the capabilities of various modules and enhancements to help agencies make informed decisions on usage, implementations, and upgrades.

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PUG Chair Corner: Virtual PUG 2021 Conference

May 27, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting all our lives, and the 2021 PUG is no different!  The 2021 PUG will be virtual again this year and will be held on Monday, September 27th through Thursday, September 30th, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET. The PUG Board is still discussing the content of the conference. Like the 2020 PUG, there will be no cost to attendees.

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Announcement about Mike Jenkins

May 27, 2021

The AASHTOWare Project community lost a real champion recently in the person of Mike Jenkins.  Technically, Mike worked for the Indiana Department of Transportation.  They allowed him to be a participant in AASHTOWare Project activities was fortuitous certainly for his employer.  But it also reaped great rewards for the product itself.  When Mike was doing volunteer work for AASHTOWare Project, he was difficult to ignore.  His presence, accomplishments, and contributions, from participation in the User Group to his many stints as members of various Technical Advisory Group and TRT’s, were truly impressive.

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Subscribe to the AASHTOWare Project™ Email List

February 25, 2021

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) regularly works with Infotech to distribute email communications about module updates, webinars, training sessions, and more. AASHTOWare Project users select their email communication preferences when they begin using the software. It’s easy to accidentally unsubscribe by marking these emails as spam or due to agency firewall restrictions. If you are missing AASHTOWare Project updates in your inbox, it is possible you are unsubscribed from these important emails. We recommend resubscribing to stay informed about AASHTOWare Project news and events.

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An Update on the AASHTOWare Project Strategic Plan

February 25, 2021

The AASHTOWare Project Strategic Planning Subgroup was created to ensure AASHTOWare Project maintains a proactive, strategic alignment with AASHTO, the annual Maintenance, Support, and Enhancement (MSE), the Special Committee on AASHTOWare (SCOA), and the Technical and Application Architecture Taskforce (T&AA). This subgroup is responsible for developing, evaluating, and aligning the AASHTOWare Project Strategic Plan.

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Accessing the New Infotech Mobile Inspector® PWA

February 25, 2021

In April of 2020, a new version of Infotech’s Mobile Inspector ® was launched as a Progressive Web Application (PWA).  Like AASHTOWare Project Mobile Tester™, Mobile Inspector® 2.1 is a web-based application developed to work on current Android, Apple, or Windows devices whether connected or offline and it no longer requires an app store or Google Play download. It still functions like the original Infotech Mobile Inspector application.

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An Update from the AASHTOWare Project™ Marketing Team

February 25, 2021

The AASHTOWare Project™ Task Force (PTF) works with Infotech to produce educational resources and opportunities that provide agencies with the latest information to make the most out of their AASHTOWare Project usage. We also make it a priority to showcase the capabilities of various modules and tools to help agencies make decisions on implementations and upgrades. A large portion of the current marketing plan centers on the AASHTOWare Project Webinar Series and the creation of several module-specific case studies. In this article, we’ll provide an update on the ongoing webinar series, case study production, and changes to the upcoming webinar series and marketing plan.

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New Opportunities, New Role

February 25, 2021

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) wanted to pass along some changes with the AASHTOWare Project support team from Infotech.

 

Monelle McKay retired from full-time employment with Infotech as of January 31, 2021, after 17 years.  Over her career of 30 years, Monelle worked with multiple DOTs both in the US and Canada.  Her experience with construction management systems actually predates AASHTOWare.

 

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License Fees and Offerings for next Fiscal Year (FY22)

February 25, 2021

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) has reviewed the current product licensing structure and has set licensing fees for FY22 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). The PTF is aware of the financial impact that our licensees have endured due to the COVID19 pandemic and has determined there will not be an increase in FY22 license fees. With that being said, the PTF will consider raising the license fees again in FY23.

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Welcome!

February 25, 2021

Greetings everyone and Happy New Year!

 

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force is excited to continue bringing you articles related to product enhancement and delivery as well as user experience enhancements on the aashtowareproject.org site. Our goal is to provide up-to-date announcements, training opportunities, and product release information to our user community. You will receive all AASHTOWare updates by updating your profile “Topics of Interest” section and selecting “General Announcements”.

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Recent Updates to AASHTOWare Project™ User Site

February 25, 2021

Aashtowareproject.org (APO) is an all-in-one AASHTOWare Project™ resource site where users can access webinars, training materials, module information, event updates, and more. Our goal is to continue improving aashtowareproject.org based on the feedback we’ve received from our user community. In our latest update, we’ve added exciting opportunities for users to connect through a new Forum and Chat feature. We’ve also made several updates to the TAG page, Environment Tracker, Implementation Status Matrix, and more.

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AASHTOWare Project Task Force Town Hall

February 25, 2021

AASHTOWare Project is built with the needs of DOTs in mind, which is why the Project Task Force (PTF) prioritizes open communications with end-users. It’s our goal to hear from as many users as possible. We felt the last PTF town hall was successful in helping us connect with the user community, so we decided to have another one!

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AASHTOWare Project TMR Process

November 19, 2020

A Ticketed Modification Request, commonly referred to as a TMR, is the process by which the AASHTOWare Project™ and Infotech team evolve and enhance the software based on user feedback. In this article, we’ll dive into the TMR process, discuss different types of TMRs, and review the AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) review process.

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AASHTOWare Project™ 4.4 Release

November 19, 2020

AASHTOWare Project™ 4.4 is now live!

On September 30, AASHTOWare Project 4.4 officially went live to our user community with a host of updates, enhancements, and warranty fixes. Agencies are encouraged to begin their upgrade process to start enjoying improvements to a variety of modules.

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An Update from the AASHTOWare Project™ Marketing Team

November 19, 2020

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) works together with our product contractor, Infotech, to produce useful resources for agencies throughout the year. We aim to provide agencies with a set of educational resources so they can make informed decisions regarding their use of AASHTOWare Project. In this article, we’ll provide an update on the ongoing AASHTOWare Project Webinar Series and provide details about the AASHTO Annual Meeting.

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Welcome from Janet Treadway, AASHTOWare Project Task Force Chair

November 19, 2020

As 2020 is coming to a close, I am sure that some of you are like me and wish that several areas in your lives were back to “normal”.  I thought I would highlight some of the positives that have come from the amazing example of the collaborative spirit that each of you bring to the AASHTOWare Project product. The AASHTOWare Project Task Force wants to thank each and every one of you for your continued commitment and passion to enhancing the AASHTOWare Project product suite.

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PUG Chair Corner: First-ever virtual PUG Conference

November 19, 2020

For those that do not know me, I am Adam Spitzley from the Michigan DOT and the 2021 Chair. As we all know by now, the 2020 Project User Group conference was completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though we were not able to attend and network in person this year, we still had a lot of content to cover!

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PTF Town Hall Discussion

November 19, 2020

This year has been very different in many ways but overall, the AASHTOWare Project User community has continued to meet during their regularly scheduled TAG and FPG virtual meetings. Once the PUG Board announced that the Annual PUG meeting was going to be virtual, the PTF recognized that it was also an opportunity to conduct a Town Hall to speak with as many users as possible.

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Farewell to PTF Member, Tara Huntrods

November 19, 2020

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) is saddened to announce that Tara Huntrods has stepped down from PTF.

She departed from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) on October 29, 2020.  Tara took a new position within Iowa.  We appreciate her contributions over the last year and a half and wish her well in her new role.

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Welcome from Janet Treadway, AASHTOWare Project Task Force Chair

August 27, 2020

Greetings everyone,

I am guessing many of us didn’t have this version of 2020 on any vision board. I want to assure you that the AASHTOWare Project™ Task Force (PTF), AASHTO, and Infotech staff have continued the vision on delivering and enhancing the AASHTOWare Project product to meet the needs of you, the user community.  Please know that all of us, The AASHTOWare Project Task Force, AASHTO staff and Infotech staff, hope that you are healthy and well and continue to be.

This installment of the AASHTOWare Project Quarterly newsletter reflects that vision in highlighting our recent enhancements, not only to AASHTOWare Project but also the aashtowareproject.org website to ensure you have the most current information.

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Welcome Chui, AASHTOWare Senior Marketing Specialist

August 27, 2020

AASHTO is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Chui McConnell as the new Senior Marketing Specialist.  Chui (pronounced Choy) will be working with the AASHTOWare team to create and implement marketing campaigns.

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Reviewing Recent Updates to the AASHTOWare Project™ Website

August 27, 2020

A little over a year ago, the AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) launched aashtowareproject.org, an all-in-one AASHTOWare Project resource site. Our goal is to continue improving aashtowareproject.org based on the feedback we receive from our user community. Our most recent update brings increased flexibility and clarity to Call Tickets, TMRs, PUG Ballot Results, the Agency Environment Database, and more.

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PUG Virtual Demo Room Office Hours

August 27, 2020

Infotech is pleased to announce that in support of this year’s PUG virtual meeting, we will host an Open Office Hours schedule of Zoom meetings that will be the foundation for a virtual demo room.

 

Monday, September 28, 2020, through Thursday, October 1, 2020, PUG members can sign up for specific topics or enter the demo room and request help from Infotech subject matter experts (SMEs).  This virtual demo room will be open daily from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM ET and from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET.

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PUG Chair Corner: Virtual PUG Conference Events and the “Power of You”

August 27, 2020

This year has provided many interesting challenges for us to overcome and the PUG Conference has not avoided these challenges either. In May, the Board announced that the in-person events for the conference were canceled this year and that we were committed to providing essential components virtually. We’re happy to share the updates below and show we’re not only completing essential components but also offering more!

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Changes to the Funding Enhancements Process

August 27, 2020

Are you networking around the AASHTOWare Community hoping for additional agency support, or are you having difficulty getting buy-in from your agency’s management to fund that enhancement TMR?

 

Here are three things you should know about the new Funding Enhancements Process:

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An Update from the AASHTOWare Project™ Marketing Team

August 27, 2020

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) works together with our product contractor Infotech to produce a myriad of resources for agency use throughout the year. Our goal is to provide agencies with the latest tools they need to make the most out of their usage of AASHTOWare Project, while also showcasing a variety of use cases for the platform.

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AASHTOWare Project™ Software and ADA Compliance

August 27, 2020

Ensuring that AASHTOWare Project and all product extensions are American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant is a primary goal of the AASHTOWare Project Taskforce (PTF). Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

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AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics Solicitation Update

August 27, 2020

Way back in the summer of 2018, the AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics™ solicitation was released and eleven agencies joined together to commit funds and expertise to the development project.  We are excited to announce that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has recently become the twelfth agency to join the solicitation!

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Welcome from Janet Treadway, AASHTOWare Project Task Force Chair

May 29, 2020


While many of us have been implementing some form of work from home practice and will continue to do so for a while, some of us may be returning to the office in the near future. I hope that this installment provides you a little bit of normalcy.  Please know that all of us, The AASHTOWare Project Task Force, AASHTO staff and Infotech staff, hope that you are healthy and well and continue to be.

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Upgrading to AASHTOWare Project 4.3

May 29, 2020


In the February 2020 AASHTOWare Project newsletter, we posted an article about the AASHTOWare Project 4.3 Release. The article highlighted enhancement TMRs included in the release and introduced the semi-annual‌ ‌enhancement‌ ‌release plans. We continue to recommend agencies ‌‌upgrade‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌latest‌ ‌version, noting that AASHTOWare Project 4.4 is planned to be released ‌this ‌fall‌.

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Updates to the AASHTOWare Project Website

May 29, 2020


In July 2019, the AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) launched aashtowareproject.org, an all-in-one resource site for our user community. A little under a year later, we’re launching the next big update to bring additional features and functionality to our users. It is our goal to continue improving and adding to aashtowareproject.org to ensure users have the resources and information they need to move their agencies forward.

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Technical Review Team (TRT) Application Form Now Available

May 29, 2020


Are you interested in getting more involved in the AASHTOWare Project community and providing your input in the development of enhancements?  If so, you should consider joining a Technical Review Team, or TRT!  To get started, we recommend checking out the video on how to join TRT and what your role would be, located here.

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PUG Chair Corner: PUG Conference, what PUG Conference?

May 29, 2020


When I wrote the article for you last November as your new chair, I did not know what new challenge our user group would be presented with, but I find some of words are still valid now. Considering the impacts relating to the COVID-19, the Board and Idaho made the decision to cancel in-person events for the 2020 PUG Conference. Commitments had already been made by the Board and Idaho for 2020 and in the best interest of those funds, Idaho was able to work with their vendors to alter the dates of their event to 2023. The good news here is that the PUG, after a couple years of limited hosts, we now have hosts for the next three years: Nevada (21), Virginia (22), and Idaho (23).

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Changes to Platform and Version Support

May 29, 2020


The AASHTOWare Project™ Task Force (PTF) works with Infotech as the official development and support contractor to maintain and develop our software platforms. The PTF has recently directed Infotech to implement several new policies regarding platform and version support. These changes will allow Infotech to devote the majority of their support resources to the current versions of our software, while still allowing agencies to receive help with older versions. Changes have also been made to reduce the large number of database combinations that support AASHTOWare Project software.

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An Update from the AASHTOWare Project Marketing Team

May 29, 2020


The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) in partnership with our product contractor, Infotech, strives to provide agencies with resources, information, and instruction to assist them in making their organizational decisions for project development and administration. It’s our goal to showcase the many ways the AASHTOWare Project Unified Database can work for you by demonstrating how other users are successfully using the software. Throughout the year, we’ll continue to update our user community about new videos, webinars, and more in our quarterly newsletter.

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AASHTOWare FY21 Catalog is Now Available

May 29, 2020


It’s that time of year when the birds start singing, the weather begins warming up, and when the much anticipated AASHTOWare Catalog hits the public. On Thursday, May 7th all End User Designees and Primary Billing Contacts should have received an email from Angel Williams announcing the release of the FY21 catalog. Within the catalog is the pricing for all AASHTOWare software this fiscal year, which matches the EUD notice sent in late April.

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Welcome Susan Downing-Reed

February 28, 2020

The PTF is pleased to announce that Susan Downing-Reed from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), has been appointed by the Special Committee on AASHTOWare (SCOA) to join the PTF.

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Welcome from Janet Treadway, AASHTOWare Project Task Force Chair

February 26, 2020

In this installment of the AASHTOWare Project newsletter you will see that there have been many changes in the past few months. New location, new branding, and new leadership but no change in our dedication and commitment to providing you information and service to your AASHTOWare Project products.  We are pleased to spotlight our newest member to the Project Task Force, Susan Downing-Reed and wish the best of luck in retirement to longstanding AASHTOWare Project champion, Kevin Fox.

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Thank You! It Has Been A Great Ride!

February 28, 2020

Many of you are aware that I stepped down from my role on the AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) on January 17th and am retiring from the State of Michigan on February 28th. It has been a great ride, but now comes to an end. I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU AASHTOWare Project user community! You are a wonderful group of dedicated and talented people!

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AASHTOWare Project Insufficient Materials Summit Overview

February 28, 2020

In December 2019, AASHTOWare Project Task force conducted the Insufficient Material Product Improvement Summit in Gainesville Florida. This was one of two summits identified through a resolution put forth at the 2018 PUG by the Construction and Materials TAGs.

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AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics™ Uses Iterative Feedback for Faster Results

February 28, 2020

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) and its official contractor, Infotech, are always seeking new methods to improve AASHTOWare Project™ modules. Many of our users have participated in a Technical Review Team (TRT) as a way to provide direct feedback on the software they use day-to-day.

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AASHTOWare Project 4.3 Release

February 28, 2020

You’re‌ ‌likely‌ ‌reading‌ ‌this‌ ‌article‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌middle‌ ‌of‌ ‌winter,‌ ‌and‌ ‌unless‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌into‌ ‌skiing‌ ‌or‌ ‌ice‌ ‌fishing,‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌likely‌ ‌wishing‌ ‌for‌ ‌any‌ ‌season‌ ‌other‌ ‌than‌ ‌winter.‌ ‌You‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌looking‌ ‌forward‌ ‌to‌ spring,‌ ‌or‌ ‌reflecting‌ ‌back‌ ‌on‌ ‌last‌ ‌fall.‌ ‌Hopefully,‌ ‌we‌ ‌can‌ ‌give‌ ‌you‌ ‌something...

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AASHTOWare Project 4.2 Release

February 28, 2020

Last June, we released the latest version of AASHTOWare Project. Though our 4.3 release is just a few days away, we wanted to provide an update on states that have implemented AASHTOWare Project 4.2, in addition to any feedback they have.

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AASHTO Marketing Update

February 28, 2020

AASHTO partners with our official contractor, Infotech, to provide the user community with valuable tools and resources to help you get the most out of your AASHTOWare Project experience.

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AASHTOWare Project™ Marketing Update: New Resource Website Video, Webinars and More!

November 21, 2019

AASHTO Showcases New Resource Site with Video Overview

A new video overview is helping promote the launch of the new AASHTOWare Project user website. Focusing on integration, user control, and improved search functionality, the video dives into the major benefits of the new website. For those that haven’t visited aashtowareproject.org yet, it’s the one-stop shop for news, downloads, issue tracking, customer support, PUG resources, and more. New AASHTOWare Project users are encouraged to update their new user profile screen by clicking their name in the upper right corner and selecting “Profile.” Keeping your profile up to date will ensure you get the most relevant communication.

The AASHTOWare Webinar Series Continues

Last month we completed the webinar entitled “Implementing AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials™ + AASHTOWare Project Mobile Tester™ Integration.” This webinar guided attendees through the implementation...

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AASHTOWare Project PTF Update

November 21, 2019

Earlier this year, due to personal commitments, Vonda Lane from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, tendered her resignation from the AASHTOWare PTF. Vonda, a member of the PTF since March 2017, was a terrific asset – providing unique expertise, guidance, and insight. The PTF extends their appreciation to Vonda for her work and commitment she provided to the group.

To fill the position vacated by Vonda, the PTF is pleased to announce that Tara Huntrods from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IADOT), has been appointed by the Special Committee on AASHTOWare (SCOA) to join the PTF. Tara is the AASHTOWare Project Technical Lead for IADOT and has extensive technical background and experience with Preconstruction, Construction & Materials, and Data Analytics.

Please join me in welcoming Tara to the AASHTOWare Project Task Force!

By: Kevin Fox, AASHTOWare Project Chair

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AASHTO to Host Two Product Improvement Summits

November 21, 2019

User Experts to Assess Insufficient Materials and Alternative Contracting Software Needs

During the 2018 PUG conference, the joint AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials™ Technical Advisory Group (TAG) passed a resolution to request a product improvement summit for AASHTOWare Project Construction and Materials. As a result of this resolution, AASHTO is hosting two summits this Winter: 1) The evaluation of materials insufficiency and 2) Alternative contracting methods.

These 3-day summits will bring together over 35 attendees from AASHTOWare Project™ agencies, AASHTO, and Infotech, all with the objective of identifying improvements to the AASHTOWare Project software for their respective areas. A major goal of these summits is to focus on how existing functionality can be leveraged in previously unconsidered ways.

AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials Insufficient Materials Product Improvement Summit

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Welcome from Janet Treadway, AASHTOWare Project Task Force Vice Chair

November 21, 2019

Greetings!

A lot of exciting things are going on in the AASHTOWare Project community! In this newsletter installment, you’ll learn more about the recently formed Monthly Implementation teleconferences, via which agencies select the topics to be discussed, experiences to be shared, and best practices to be promoted. Read about the Missouri DOT experience of going into production with Construction & Materials and the lessons they learned. Watch the webinar recording of the new mobile app, Mobile Tester. Ty Carson, the new Project User Group chair, will provide 2019 PUG highlights and introduce the newest PUG Board member. Look inside for details on the upcoming Insufficient Materials Product Improvement Summit, the Alternative Contract Product Improvement Summit, and much more.

**Happy & Safe Holidays from the AASHTOWare Project Task Force and the AASHTO staff

– Janet Treadway, AASHTOWare Project Vice Chair

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Users Can Now Capture Test Data in the Field with AASHTOWare Project Mobile Tester

November 21, 2019

The AASHTOWare Project Task Force is excited to announce that, as of September 10 this year, AASHTOWare Project Mobile Tester™ 1.0 is live. Designed with input and requests from the user community, AASHTOWare Project Mobile Tester adds additional value to AASHTOWare Project Construction and Materials™ by making it easier for inspectors and field personnel to capture vital sample data at the source. AASHTOWare Project Mobile Tester provides inspectors with all the tools necessary for remote collection of field data. Samples may be started and tested in the field, or started and sent back to a lab for testing, allowing an inspector to complete all duties while onsite.

Unlike traditional apps, this Progressive Web App (PWA) can be accessed from most internet browsers, without the need to go through the app store – vastly simplifying the update process. Simply put, it’s a website that acts like a mobile app, yet with all the associated advantages:

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PUG Chair Corner: Not your typical PUG Conference

November 21, 2019

Another year, another conference right? That’s not the case this year! The 2019 Project User Group conference changed things up compared to the past. This year, the Board surveyed the user group to gain important feedback. Sara Jarvis, our current Past Chair, led us into new territory with additional training options and implementation breakouts, while maintaining many of our traditional meeting formats. Her vision is giving us a tremendous number of new options to consider for future conferences. Almost all of the feedback the Board, the Project Task Force, and Info Tech received has been positive. In fact, many surveys declared a desire for more! With the success of this year, the bar is being raised and the Board is ready to meet that challenge. As I stated at the PUG, I’d like to again offer a big “thank you” to Sara for leading us into this new frontier.

For those who don’t know me, I am Ty Carlson from the Nebraska DOT and the 2020 Chair. At the ...

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Have you Heard about the AASHTOWare Project Implementation Forum?

November 21, 2019

For the last eight months, AASHTO has been facilitating a monthly webinar for agencies implementing AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials. To date, this forum has hosted seven different topics and up to 20 participating agencies.

The goal of the AASHTOWare Project Implementation Forum is to promote thought-sharing within the AASHTOWare Community. The format features one or two agencies sharing their experience, peer to peer, about a specific implementation topic. The topics covered thus far include: data migration; agency views; breaking down agency silos; materials acceptance; user roles and security; training; and application program interfaces or APIs.

Here is why your agency should participate in the AASHTOWare Project Implementation Forum:

  • To collaborate with other agencies during your implementation project.
  • To hear first-hand about other agencies implementation experience, i.e. best practices and lessons learned.
  • To help other agencies with their implementation projects by ...
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Implementing AASHTOWare Project Construction & Material with Missouri DOT

November 21, 2019

Observations, lessons learned, and advice from the implementation process

There’s often hesitation when implementing new software. Will it work as well as the old system? Will a learning curve cause delays? Is it worth the effort of upgrading? In hectic state agency environments, such reservations are reasonable. However, the benefits of upgrading outweigh the potential costs of the process. Missouri DOT (MoDOT) recently implemented AASHTOWare Project Construction and Materials™ with relative ease and took five key lessons away from that process:

  1. Take a Lean Approach to Implementation: Rather than dragging out the implementation process by including every desired additional feature, MoDOT focused on getting up and running first. Their goal was to set up AASHTOWare Project Construction and Materials to be similar to AASHTOWare Project SiteManager™ while creating a backlog of additional features like unattached items to implement at a later date.
  2. Set a Drop-Dead Date...