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NCHRP 20-07/Task 048 [Completed]

Development of a System for the Uniform Location of Subject Matter Within Standard Specifications
[ NCHRP 20-07 (Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways) ]

  Project Data
Funds: 79080
Research Agency: Construction Specifications Institute
Effective Date: 7/22/1991
Completion Date: 2/15/1994

Task 48, FY 1992, "Standard Specifications System Development for Uniform Location of Subject Matter" (The Construction Specifications Institute). At the September 5-6, 1990, meeting of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Research, consideration was given to Problem Statement 92-D-20, "Development of a System for the Uniform Location of Subject Matter Within Standard Specifications," submitted by California. This problem statement was endorsed via a resolution passed at the 1990 meeting of the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Construction (HSOC). SCOR agreed with the basic intent of the problem statement but believed a smaller, short-term preliminary effort to review and assess the impact of various standards on AASHTO and its membership would be more appropriate. Further discussion led to the suggestion that the problem would be more appropriate for consideration by the AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways through NCHRP Project 20-7. This task was established to accomplish that suggestion. The Construction Specifications Institute was selected to accomplish this task. Work was completed on schedule. Representatives from the research agency presented the results to the Highway Subcommittee on Construction during its 1992 summer meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the Subcommittee has distributed the final report to its members to evaluate the recommendations and the desirability of modifying future editions of the AASHTO Guide Specifications for Highway Construction. Additional FY '94 funds were approved for a follow-on study to convert a draft guide specification on quality control and quality assurance (developed by the Construction Subcommittee) to the recommended numbering system and the imperative-mood writing style. An additional $5,510 was added to the original contract amount of $83,570 for this conversion. This task is completed. (NCHRP Staff: C.F. Jencks)

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