INDOT’s First CMGC Project

On April 8, INDOT posted on its website a draft request for proposals for the US 31 and I-465 Interchange Modification Project. This is INDOT’s first use of the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) progressive project delivery method. CMGC, along with Progressive Design-Build (PDB), were included in the 2023 Indiana House Enrolled Act 1049. The Indiana legislature passed House Enrolled Act 1196 in 2014 allowing Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) for state education institutions. House Bill 1196 added that other public agencies could begin using CMc in 2017 except for highway construction contracts. The 2023 law makes INDOT work the last public construction area to embrace this new contracting method.

CMGC and PDB both revolve around two-phase project delivery. In both methods, an owner contracts with a contractor (CMGC) or contractor-designer team (PDB) for the first phase to provide and/or assist with preconstruction services such as project development, permitting, utility coordination, design, schedule and cost estimating. Phase I culminates in the development of one, or multiple, guaranteed maximum price (GMP) packages. Upon owner GMP approval, the CMGC or PDB will proceed with Phase II construction scope. INDOT plans to retain an independent cost estimator (ICE) to provide scope, schedule and cost verification services during Phase I. The main difference between CMGC and PDB is that the owner contracts with the designer of record under the CMGC method while a designer contracts directly with a contractor under the PDB method.

A key purported benefit of the progressive project delivery methods is early collaboration during Phase I or development that includes comprehensive risk identification, analysis of time and costs associated with each risk and assignment of responsibility to mitigate risks if they are realized during the construction phase. The contractual tool used to record and track risks is called a risk register. The risk register becomes part of the contract documents agreed upon prior to moving to Phase II.

INDOT must receive at least two proposals prior to entering into a CMGC or PDB contract under Indiana law. INDOT Major Projects Division staff and their consultants have worked to get industry feedback over the past year through online solicitation, public meetings and meetings with ICI member companies. Indiana law limits INDOT to enter into two progressive contracts per year until 2028.

Contact INDOT Major Projects Delivery Director Jeff Clanton with questions.

INDOT Publishes Intelligent Work Zone Toolkit

INDOT’s Traffic Administration Office Manager Dave Boruff delivered an early Christmas present on Dec. 11 – notice that the long-anticipated Intelligent Work Zone Design and Implementation Toolkit is available on the Traffic Administration webpage.

“We started developing the Toolkit in 2020. In doing so, we reached out to manufacturers and contractors to get their input on content, the devices, and measures that should be included and how they should be described,” explained Boruff. “The idea behind the Toolkit is to help those involved with planning and implementing work zones become more familiar with treatments that may not currently be standardized but can help improve safety and mobility,” he added.

traffic queue truck

The Toolkit provides readers with equipment (tool) information, strategies and step-by-step guides to address work zone risks such as speed, detour alerts and lane shifts. One such tool is the queue truck warning system as shown in the image above.

ICI would like to thank INDOT for the collaborative execution of this toolkit as Boruff and other INDOT staff invited ICI and ACEC representatives to work on this initiative together.

 

Annual FHWA 1391 Report

Source: Katie Daniels, INDOT Lead Workforce & Education Specialist

Annual FHWA 1391 Report

This applies to all Prime contractors, subcontractors, and haulers (NOT including material suppliers) working on a federal-aid highway construction contract in excess of $10,000.00.
The FHWA 1391 Report continues to be an ITAP application and all reporting must be done via that application. Paper forms or excel spreadsheets will not be accepted and will be returned. To create an ITAP account go to: https://itap.indot.in.gov/login.aspx and the application needed is called FHWA 1391 Report.

This year’s reporting period will be for the week of July 23-July 29, 2023. Detailed instructions can be found within the FHWA 1391 Report application itself by clicking on the “HELP” icon. The application will open on July 23, 2023 and close on August 31, 2023. Once it closes you will not be able to submit your workforce and you will be in non-compliance with the FHWA requirements.

Workforce reporting is simplified, it is no longer necessary to report your workforce by each individual contract. Instead, each contractor or hauler will be required to submit one FHWA 1391 Report for their entire workforce on ALL federal-aid contracts. If your company does not have workforce on any federal-aid contracts during the reporting period there is a box to click indicating “No Activity” and then submit the report.

Please feel free to contact kdaniels2@indot.in.gov with any questions.

CPESC Certification Requirements

Envirocert (ECI), one of INDOT’s approved environmental certification providers, has recently decided that individuals holding a Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC) certification are now required to obtain a Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) certification if they perform storm water, erosion and sediment control inspections.

Anyone performing inspections holding a CPESC certification shall obtain a CESSWI certification on or after July 1, 2023.

CPESC certification holders wishing to obtain CESSWI certification should visit the following link for instructions.
https://envirocert.org/cpesc-field-inspection-authority/

ECI also published a FAQ notice accessed via the following link.
https://envirocert.org/cpesc-field-inspection-authority-faq/

Contact Dan Osborn (317) 634-7547 with any questions regarding certification.

IRI Training Opportunity

Source: Indiana Department of Transportation Construction Management

INDOT has fully implemented IRI for measuring highway smoothness on all QC/QA HMA & PCCP contracts. The 2023 construction season will be our first with full implementation of IRI utilizing high speed inertial profilers. The following RSP’s are now included in contracts when smoothness measurement is required: RSP 401-R-577 for HMA and RSP 501-R-752 for PCCP.

Recognizing that this is an emerging technology, INDOT will be offering an “Advanced IRI Pavement Smoothness for Construction” training course for contractors. This advanced training will be delivered by Brian Schleppi and Steve Karamihas. Schleppi is retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation and has decades of technical and field-based experience working with both DOT and contractor personnel on IRI equipment and software. Karamihas is a research area specialist at the University of Michigan Transportation Institute and has been involved in the research and development of IRI technology for decades and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his work in multiple states.

This “Advanced IRI Pavement Smoothness for Construction” course will cover the effective use of ProVAL by reviewing the following concepts: overall smoothness and payment utilizing the Ride Quality Module, areas of localized roughness utilizing the SAM Module, verifying equipment utilizing the Certification Module, verifying corrective work ahead of time utilizing the Grinding Simulation Module, and much much more.

This training course will be a single day event offered on two separate dates: May 24 and May 25 at INDOT’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) on the east side of Indianapolis. Training will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days. Cost for the training will be $180 per attendee. To register and make payment for this Advanced IRI training event, please contact our training vendor: Brian Schleppi at (614) 270-7001 or indottraining@vihsc.com.

INDOT and the training vendor require registration and payment be completed by May 11th. This Advanced IRI training requires each operator attending the course to bring a laptop computer and have the latest version of the ProVal software downloaded and installed.

This training is not mandatory and is not required as part of the requirements found in ITM 917 Section 7.1 in order to attend INDOT’s Annual IRI Certification day. All contractor personnel planning to attend this Advanced IRI training event should have already attended one of the mandatory training methods listed in ITM 917 Section 7.1 in order to have a baseline working knowledge of IRI concepts and IRI software use. However, for contractor operators that are re-certifying, this training course will count towards the ITM 917 Section 7.1 Triennial operator training requirement.