Concrete Products

JAN 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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20 • January 2015 www.concreteproducts.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES A Federal Highway Administration and Long-Term Pavement Perfor- mance (LTPP) product developed by Austin, Texas, engineering and design firm Transtec Group, ProVAL software has been upgraded to offer highway agencies and contractors map-based features alongside pavement profile characteristics. ProVAL 3.5's pavement profile analysis fully incorporates GPS data, enabling users to view pavement profiles on road or aerial maps. Highway contractors use ProVAL to accelerate operations and boost profits. Its standardized platform reduces time spent analyzing pave- ment profiles—the software can process and integrate numerous for- mats of profile data—and contractors can reduce the risk of penalties with ProVAL's construction performance-enhancing functions, such as the Smoothness Assurance Module. Owners, agencies, and contractors use ProVAL to increase consis- tency throughout operations by employing a single, standard tool for smoothness analysis and reporting. Combining ProVAL's pavement profile analysis with road maps and aerial maps enhances usability and better relates the results of analysis to jobsite locations, Transtec notes. The software currently supports MapQuest Road, MapQuest Aerial, OpenStreetMap, Bing Maps Road, and Bing Maps Aerial. In addition to state departments of transportation, ProVAL has been incorporated into American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and FHWA Federal Lands specifications. GPS data boosts FHWA-backed pavement measurement technology Transtec staff provides ProVAL user support and training in coopera- tion with FHWA and assists DOTs during the process of incorporating the software into specifications. Additional ProVAL 3.5 information and free downloads can be obtained at www.RoadProfile.com.

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