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N A T I O N A L C O O P E R A T I V E H I G H W A Y R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M NCHRP REPORT 801 Proposed Practice for Alternative Bidding of Highway Drainage Systems Michael Maher Gregory Hebeler Andrew Fuggle Colby Caywood Golder AssociAtes Atlanta, GA Kenneth Avery Joseph VanKerkhove BerGmAnn AssociAtes Rochester, NY Ian D. Moore GeoenGineerinG centre At Queenâs university â rmc Kingston, Ontario Subscriber Categories Constructionâ â¢â HydraulicsâandâHydrologyâ â¢â Materials TRANSPORTAT ION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON,âD.C. 2015 www.TRB.orgâ Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research reported herein was performed under NCHRP Project 10-86 by Golder Associates Inc. (Golder), in conjunction with Bergmann Associates Inc. (Bergmann), and Dr. Ian Moore with Queenâs University. Dr. Michael Maher, PhD, PEng, Principal and Global Transportation Sector Leader for Golder was the Prin- cipal Investigator. The other principal authors for this report were Dr. Gregory Hebeler, PhD, PE, Associate and Senior Geotechnical Engineer for Golder; Colby Caywood, PE, CPESC, Senior Engineer for Golder; Andrew Fuggle, PhD, Geotechnical Engineer for Golder; and Joseph VanKerkhove, PE, Project Manager for Bergmann. Dr. Ian D. Moore, PhD, PEng, Professor at Queenâs University provided technical direction and support for this project. Other acknowledgments include Kenneth Avery, PE, CFM, Water Resources Business Segment Leader for Bergmann; and Edward Morales, PE, Senior Structural Engineer for Bergmann. Invaluable cooperation and support were provided by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) for participation in the full pilot project phase of this research. Participation in the baseline pilot project studies was also provided by California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO), Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The authors would like to thank the NCHRP Project 10-86 panel for its direction, advice, and support. CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP REPORT 801 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Christopher Hedges, Manager, National Cooperative Highway Research Program Edward T. Harrigan, Senior Program Officer Anthony P. Avery, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Kami Cabral, Editor NCHRP PROJECT 10-86 PANEL Field of Materials and ConstructionâArea of Specifications, Procedures, and Practices Mostafa Jamshidi, Nebraska DOR, Lincoln, NE (Chair) David D. Ahlvers, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City, MO Josiah W. Beakley, American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, TX Daniel Currence, Plastic Pipe Institute, Kansas City, MO Norman D. Dennis, Jr., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR Cecil L. Jones, Diversified Engineering Services, Inc., Raleigh, NC James M. Long, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg, PA Leslie A. McCarthy, Villanova University, Villanova, PA Michael McGough, National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association, Arlington, VA John Schuler, Virginia DOT, Richmond, VA Brian R. Syftestad, California DOT, Sacramento, CA Eric R. Brown, FHWA Liaison Kathy Malusky, AASHTO Liaison Frederick Hejl, TRB Liaison
F O R E W O R D ByâEdwardâT.âHarrigan StaffâOfficer TransportationâResearchâBoard This report presents a proposed practice for alternative bidding of highway drainage systems. Thus, the report will be of immediate interest to engineers in state highway agen- cies and the construction industry with responsibility for the design, construction, and maintenance of these systems. Traditionally, transportation agencies have used a âmeans and methodsâ approach for selection and specification of products such as drainage pipe systems. In this approach, the owner-agencies specify a particular drainage pipe system during the design process, and the cost of the specified system is included in the contractorsâ bids for the project. This research investigated an alternative approach, the use of a performance-based pro- cess for selection of drainage pipe systems. Such a selection process is based on satisfying performance criteria for the drainage system while considering the full range of suitable pipe materials. This approach has the potential to foster competition among various pipe types judged to be of satisfactory quality and equally acceptable on the basis of engineering and cost analyses. Giving contractors the ability to choose from among alternative drain- age pipe systems during the bidding process on the basis of performance and cost can help agencies promote competition that will lower agency costs while achieving satisfactory performance. The objective of NCHRP Project 10-86 was to develop a proposed practice suitable for adoption by AASHTO to guide owner-agencies and industry in implementing a performance- based process for contractor selection and delivery of drainage pipe systems on highway construction projects. The research was performed by Golder Associates Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with Bergmann Associates Inc., Rochester, New York, and Dr. Ian Moore of Queenâs University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The key product of the research is the proposed practice presented in Appendix A of the report. The practice applies rational, performance-based criteria to the selection, installation and post-construction acceptance of highway drainage pipe systems. It spe- cifically addresses the selection of pipe solutions by evaluating the hydraulic capacity, structural capacity, and durability of pipe systems in distinct stages. Since durability is predicted in terms of estimated service life, the practice emphasizes proper characteriza- tion of the site conditions and comprehensive post-installation inspection to confirm construction quality. The practice was tested and refined through comparisons in nine states to standard agency procedures for pipe specification and was shown to satisfac- torily consider the wide variety of factors required to successfully bid alternative pipe systems.
This report fully documents the research and includes the following two appendixes: Appendix A: AASHTO Recommended Practice for Alternative Bidding of Highway Drain- age System and Appendix C: Summary of Durability Evaluation Methods and Software Applications. In addition, Appendix B: Worked Example of the Recommend Practice is available to download from the NCHRP Project 10-86 web page at http://apps.trb.org/cms feed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=2964.
C O N T E N T S Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions. 1 Chapter 1 Background 3 Chapter 2 ResearchâApproach 6 Chapter 3 StateâofâtheâPracticeâSummary 36 Chapter 4 SummaryâofâGapsâinâKnowledgeâandâPractice 41 Chapter 5 IntroductionâtoâtheâRecommendedâPractice 46 Chapter 6 PreparatoryâAgencyâActionsâPriorâtoâImplementationâ ofâtheâRecommendedâPractice 48 Chapter 7 ProjectâDefinition 51 Chapter 8 HydraulicâEvaluation 53 Chapter 9 StructuralâEvaluation 54 Chapter 10 DurabilityâEvaluation 63 Chapter 11 FinalâCheckâandâPolicyâApplication 64 Chapter 12 ResultsâandâBidding 67 Chapter 13 Installation,âMaintenance,âandâTracking 69 Chapter 14 ImplementationâofâtheâRecommendedâPractice 75 Chapter 15 FutureâandâParallelâResearchâ 78 Chapter 16 Conclusions 80â Bibliography 83 Appendix Aâ âRecommendedâPracticeâforâBiddingâAlternativeâ DrainageâPipeâSystems 115 Appendix Bâ WorkedâExampleâofâtheâRecommendedâPractice 116 Appendix Câ SummaryâofâDurabilityâEvaluationâMethods