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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


May 2020 

PMM Field Evaluation Delays/Cancellations​

2017 Wisconsin Test Deck:

  • Fall 2019 readings are collected, but due to staff issues, results still need to be uploaded
  • Next readings tentatively scheduled for June 16-17 pending any workplace restrictions
  • Final readings to be taken in September
2018 Pennsylvania Test Deck:
  • May readings will not be collected due to state mandates associated with COVID
  • 2 year readings are still scheduled to be collected in June
  • Due to COVID, PennDOT will not permit any manufacturers on-site for the 2 year readings
2019 Florida Test Deck:
  • Laboratory sample shipment was delayed until March, samples have now shipped and will be tested over the coming months
  • 5th month Temporary Tape evaluations were cancelled due to COVID
  • 6th month readings will only be taken for Temporary Tapes; Permanent Product readings are cancelled due to COVID
  • Due to COVID, Florida DOT will not permit any manufacturers on-site for readings until further notice

Professional Development Hours Worksheet and ZOOM Guide for Participants

Please utilize this Professional Development Hours (PDH) worksheet to track the hours you accrue for participating in each of the 2020 NTPEP Virtual Meeting Sessions. Type the number of PDHs for each session in the column labeled “Enter PDH". The worksheet will then automatically add all of your hours up and your total will be included at the bottom of the worksheet. 


NTPEP has created a basic guide for ZOOM. Please be sure to review this document before logging on to the NTPEP Virtual Annual Meeting.


April 2020

2020 Annual AASHTO NTPEP In-Person Meeting: Cancelled (All Sessions Will be Conducted Virtually)

After careful consideration, the difficult decision has been made to cancel AASHTO's 2020 NTPEP Meeting scheduled to begin on June 14 through June 18, in Columbus, Ohio. The health and safety of our members, attendees, volunteers, staff and our host community is of utmost importance to AASHTO.  Given the current environment and projected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel this is the right thing to do.

 

All sessions included on the original meeting agenda will be held through ZOOM. These sessions will be held June 15th through June 26th. An agenda, listing the time and date for each session, will be included on the new registration site. If you are interested in participating in these sessions, you will need to register for each session you plan to attend. A registration link will be sent to within the next couple weeks. The registration link will also be available on the NTPEP website. After completing registration to participate in these ZOOM sessions, you will receive an email with the credentials you will use to log into the session you registered for.

 

We regret having to make this decision, as the NTPEP Meeting has a long tradition of great opportunities for collaboration, information sharing, and relationship building within the State DOT community.  We at AASHTO look forward to the next time we can resume that tradition.

 

Detailed information on AASHTO's cancellation policy can be found on this page. If you have any questions, please contact AASHTO's Director, Meeting & Member Services, Monica Russell.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.​​


COVID-19 Update for AASHTO NTPEP Audit Program

Since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still has strong restrictions in place, beginning immediately, NTPEP will begin conducting remote-audits. A remote audit is an alternate to a traditional on-site audit in which the manufacturing facility, documentation, product sampling, and quality testing are reviewed over live video conferencing. Supporting documentation will be provided digitally to the Auditor. All documentation resulting from the remote audits will be available in DataMine in the same manner on-site audit documentation is provided to both the manufacturers and the AASHTO member departments.

A NTPEP team member will send an invitation via email to those facilities invited to have a remote audit conducted at their facility. Please do not reach out to the NTPEP staff to ask for a remote audit to be conducted at your facility. If you do not receive an invitation, an on-site audit will be conducted at your facility in 2020. Remote audits will only be conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.​​

Please do not hesitate to contact Katheryn Malusky, kmalusky@aashto.org, if you have any questions or concerns. NTPEP appreciates your patience as we work through this situation.

You may view the formal memo here​.

Overview of how NCAT is working with AASHTO to provide WMA evaluations

Please visit this link​ to read NCAT's article on how they are working with NTPEP to provide WMA and ASA evaluations.​



March 2020

Suspension of ECP Sample Notices​

Sample notices for Erosion Control Products are currently halted due to the closure of AASHTO offices. Notices will be sent once our office is back open. Please do not hesitate to contact Courtney Wallace, cwallace@aashto.org, if you have any questions or concerns. NTPEP appreciates your patience as we work through this situation.​​ Please visit this link to NCAT's article of how they are working with NTPEP to provide WMA and ASA evaluations.​


Suspension of Scheduled NTPEP On-Site Audits (located in North America) as a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic

In accordance with what the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending and for the safety and health of all parties involved, effective immediately, all NTPEP on-site audits (located in North America) have been suspended through Friday, April 10th, 2020. This is resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as some strict visitor policies some companies have put in place.

A re-evaluation will be conducted on April 10th to determine if the suspension of on-site audits will continue after April 10th. You will receive a memo on April 10th notifying you of the results of this re-evaluation.

For those who are scheduled to have an on-site audit conducted at your facility between now and April 10th, the NTPEP team will work with you to make sure an on-site audit is conducted at your facility in 2020.

This information is also being relayed to all AASHTO state agencies. This is a unique situation and exceptions will need to be made related to the technical aspect for this program.

Please do not hesitate to contact Katheryn Malusky, kmalusky@aashto.org, if you have any questions or concerns. NTPEP appreciates your patience as we work through this situation.​

You may view the formal memo here​. 

February 2020

Discontinuation of NTPEP Steel Reinforced Polyethylene Pipe Audit Program

NTPEP is discontinuing the Steel Reinforced Polyethylene (SRPE) Pipe Audit Program due to the lack of industry participation in the audit program. NTPEP will utilize the resources for the SRPE Audit Program in another area of NTPEP. Please contact Katheryn Malusky, kmalusky@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns. 

You may view the formal memo here​. 


Ballots are out

Ballots were sent out on February 5th for the following committees:

  • GTX/REGEO Work Plan --contact Vince Glick, vglick@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • CADD Work Plan  --contact Courtney Wallace, cwallace@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.

The due date for your response is Wednesday, February 26th, 2020. Please note that these ballots were sent out to the technical committee members only​. Once the ballot passes the technical committee level, it will move on to be balloted by the NTPEP group.


January 2020

NTPEP Webinar on Membership Roles and Responsibilities

  • Please click here ​to view the webinar on membership roles and responsibilities.
  • You may also view the Technical Committee section of our Information and Operations Guide to review the roles and responsibilities here.


Technical Committee Submission Cycles and Fee Sheets Available

  • ​The NTPEP technical committee submission cycles have been finalized for 2020. Please click here to review the submission cycle for your corresponding committee. Additionally, all technical committee fee sheets have been uploaded to the website. To review the fees for 2020, please visit the technical committee page here, select a committee, and click the “Testing Service Fee" button on the right. 

December 2019

Webinar on Roles and Responsibilities within NTPEP Technical Committees

  • NTPEP Technical Committee Members are invited and encouraged to attend this webinar on Jan 22, 2020 02:00 PM EST designed to educate you on the responsibilities you have related to the role you play within NTPEP. The webinar will be recorded and available on the NTPEP YouTube channel following the completion of the webinar. If you would like to review the content to be discussed prior to the webinar, please refer to the attached document here. Please contact Katheryn Malusky, kmalusky@aashto.org, if you are interested in participating.

September 2019

2020 NTPEP Audit Program Submission Cycles

  • ​The 2020 NTPEP Audit Program Submission Cycles are now open! The submission cycles will remain open until November 15th, 2019. Please log into DataMine​ to submit your application. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org​​


August 
2019

​NTPEP Webinar Presentations are now Available

  • NTPEP recently presented four webinars that were intended to introduce and describe some of the newer product evaluation programs.  These webinars were recorded and are now available for viewing from the following links:  ​​


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