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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:  ​​

 


July 2019

Annual Meeting Update

  • Please review the NTPEP Program update that Katheryn Malusky, Senior Program Manager, presented during the annual meeting here.
  • If you are interested in​ how states implement and use NTPEP at their DOTs, please review Danny Lane of TN DOT presentation here​.
  • All minutes from the Technical sessions are available to review by visiting the technical committee home pages here
  • Rapid Set Concrete Patch Materials and Snow Plowable Raised Pavement Markers have both found states to host field evaluations. 

June 2019

Updated NTPEP usage survey information is now available for CADD, CCC, SSC, CCS, TTCD, and PMM

This  information can be found under the “State DOT Usage of NTPEP” tab.  In addition, complete survey data can be obtained from the “States Only” section at:

https://portal.transportation.org/sites/ntpep/example_folder/Rolling%20States%20Survey.aspx

May 2019

New Balloted Work Plans and Information and Operations Guide Updated

Work Plans for the following technical committees were balloted, accepted, and uploaded. Please visit the links to review:

​The Information and Operations Guide was updated with a new anti-harassment policy. Please visit the link to review:

 https://portal.transportation.org/sites/ntpep/example_folder/Rolling%20States%20Survey.aspx


Field Test Volunteers Needed

The following committees are in need of States to participate in field evaluations:

  • ​Rapid Set Concrete Patch Materials - RSCP --contact Jace Coleman, jcoleman@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • Snow Plowable Raised Pavement Markers - SRPM --contact Jonathan Sirianni, jsirianni@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.​

Copyright Notice

Copyright information has been added to the Information and Operations Guide, all Technical Committee Work Plans, Standard Practice for Audits, and more.​


Technical Committee Leadership Updates and Vacancies

  • Scott Hidden of NCDOT is now Chair of Geotextiles and Geosynthetics​ (GTX)
  • Sophie Brown of OrDOT is now Vice Chair of Geotextiles and Geosynthetics​ (GTX)
  • Brandon Johnson of LADOTD is now Vice Chair of Erosion Control Products​ (ECP)
  • There is a vacancy for the position of Vice Chair of Detectable Warning Systems (DWS)


Concrete Coating Systems (CCS) - Now Accepting Applications

 

For manufacturers with an interest in the AASHTO NTPEP Concrete Coating Systems (CCS) product evaluation program, the opportunity to participate is now available on a first come, first serve basis.

Information regarding the new work plan, and corresponding fees schedule, can be found in the links below:

 

Technical Committee Main Site: http://www.ntpep.org/Pages/ProtectiveCoatings.aspx

Work Plans: http://www.ntpep.org/Pages/ProtectiveCoatingsDocuments.aspx


Testing Service Fee: http://www.ntpep.org/Documents/FeeSchedules/SSC-CCS%20Fee%20Schedule.pdf
  • *Second Page of the Fee Document

Should your organization be interested in submitting a system, contact Vince Glick (vglick@aashto.org). ​


APEL

As many of you may already know, the AASHTO Product Evaluation List (APEL) offers evaluations for innovative patented and/or proprietary materials, products, and devices.  The program has been seeing a considerable uptick in use over the past couple of years, and as such, we wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of the data which is available to them.

 

This highlight only products/data that have been added to the APEL website over about the last year.  APEL provides three categories of data:  AASHTO Evaluated Products; DOT Evaluated Products; and State Proprietary Products.  You can learn more about each category by reviewing the FAQ section of the APEL website.  As the Liaison for this group, you can also contact Jonathan Sirianni, jsirianni@aashto.org, directly with any questions or concerns you have.

 

Below is a list of products with data available to view directly on the APEL website.  Please let Jonathan know if you need any assistance with viewing this data.

 

AASHTO Evaluated Products:

  • Capiphon CorporationCapiphon Drain Belt(flexible, non-clogging drainage collection belt manufactured from composite PVC materials)
  • ThermionSafTrax TH335(twin wire arc sprayed, nonskid coating applied to steel and cast steel products to produce a textured surface)
  • ThermionSafTrax TH604 & TH605(Nonskid metal coating applied using twin wire arc spray process with arc voltage drive technology)

 

DOT Evaluated Products:

  • Trinity Highway ProductsGuide Lite, Light-Weight SPRPM – (snow-plowable raised pavement marker made from lightweight, high impact, polymeric material)

 

State Proprietary Products (Only 2019 Submissions to Date):

  • 3M – 3M Connected Roads All Weather Elements(Microcrystalline ceramic beads partially embedded into pavement marking materials, designed to provide visibility/retro day or night, wet or dry)
  • Advanced Infrastructure TechnologiesFRP Composite U-Shaped Girder System – (Part of precase deck system consisting of open U-shaped FRP girders and precast concrete components to serve as a bridge deck.)
  • Bosch USABosch MIC-7502-Z30W(CCTV Camera)

 

As mentioned previously, the list provided here is only the more recent submissions to APEL, so be sure to visit http://apel.transportation.org/ to view the entirety of the products for which data is available to you.  If you have products that your DOT has evaluated, or that you are utilizing on certifications, please reach out to Jonathan so he help you through the process of making this information available to your fellow state members. 


March 2019


Ballots are out

Ballots were sent out on March 25 for the following:

  • HDPE-PIPE Work Plan --contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • SRPE Work Plan  --contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • ARA Work Plan --contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • Portland and Blended Cement Work Plan (New Technical Committee) --contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.

The due date for your response is Monday, April 15th, 2019.



September 2018

Tennessee DOT adopts NTPEP audits for Thermoplastic Pipe, Corrugated Metal Pipe, Reinforcing Steel, Elastomeric Bridge Bearings, and Guardrail

Tennessee DOT has adopted the use of NTPEP audits as a requirement for Thermoplastic Pipe, Corrugated Metal Pipe, Reinforcing Steel, Elastomeric Bridge Bearings, and Guardrail.  These requirements are spelled out in "Approval Procedure Documents" found at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/materials-and-tests/producer-list.html  As stated in these documents, "NTPEP certification will be required by December 31, 2018 to remain on the Producer List."


​August 2018

​VTrans Adopts Formal NTPEP Requirements for Geotextiles

VTrans has now formally adopted NTPEP as a requirement for Geotextiles. While it was required elsewhere, this is the first formal requirement within its specifications. This requirement has taken effect via their general special provision linked below (Section 720).

https://outside.vermont.gov/agency/VTRANS/external/docs/construction/02ConstrServ/PreContract/2018SpecBook/2018-08-08%20-%202018_General_Special_Provisions.pdf


Ballots are out

Ballots were sent out on August 8 for the following:

  • HDPE-PIPE Work Plan --contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • ERB Work Plan  --contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • WMA Work Plan --contact Jonathan Sirianni, jsirianni@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.

The due date for your response is Friday, August 24th, 2018.


July 2018

​Ballots are out

Ballots were sent out on July 7 for the following:

  • NTPEP Information and Operations Guide (now including APEL) --contact Maribel Wong, mwong@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • RSCP Work Plan --contact Maribel Wong, mwong@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • SAPL Work Plan --contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • EBB Work Plan  --contact Ryan Fragapane, rfragapane@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • SSC Work Plan  --contact Vince Glick, vglick@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.
  • CCS Work Plan  --contact Vince Glick, vglick@aashto.org, with any questions or concerns.

The due date for your response is Monday, July 30th, 2018.



May 2018

APEL is officially part of NTPEP

At the 2018 Spring Meeting, the AASHTO Board of Directors approved a resolution to bring APEL under the NTPEP structure. APEL will continue to operate as it has, keeping the apel.transportation.org website, and processes intact. The APEL Council has been renamed the "APEL Task Force."