TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 560: Guide to Contracting ITS Projects provides guidance on the procurement of intelligent transportation systems (ITS), including variable message signs, traffic detectors, signal controllers, and a variety of other hardware and software that entails applications of advanced electronics and information management to regulate and facilitate traffic flow. The report highlights best practices and recommends contracting strategies and contract types, terms, and conditions for ITS development, integration, system acceptance, warranty, maintenance, and upgrade.
The research team that produced NCHRP Report 560 has also prepared NCHRP Web-Only Document 85: Considerations for a Guide to Contracting ITS Projects that describes their work and many interim results that may be of value to other researchers and professionals facing ITS procurement issues. In addition, the researchers developed an on-line tool that applies the NCHRP Report 560's decision-making process.
Table of Contents
|About This Guide||1-1|
|Assumptions About the Reader||2-2|
|Method of Award||7-7|
|Systems Engineering as It Relates to Contracting||9-10|
|The Decision Model||11-13|
|Step 1Make Initial Decisions||14-14|
|Step 2Determine Work Distribution||15-15|
|Step 3Define Project Category(ies)||16-18|
|Step 4Determine Agency Capability Level||19-20|
|Step 5Select Applicable Systems Engineering Process(es) and Procurement Package(s)||21-22|
|Step 6Apply Differentiators||23-23|
|Step 7Assess Package and Make Final Selections||24-24|
|Step 8Define Contract Scope and Terms and Conditions||25-26|
|Contract Terms and Conditions Definitions||27-31|
|Appendix A - Determining ITS Project Category (Complexity and Risk)||32-34|
|Appendix B - Determining Agency Capability Level||35-37|
|Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications||38-38|
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