PITTSBURGH, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Available to all Department of Transportation agencies, the ForneyVault-AASHTOWare project interface improves transparency, productivity, and efficiency, which is especially relevant for DOT labs today in light of the infrastructure investment and employment.
AASHTOWare Project is an integrated suite of modules designed to support state building programs. More specifically, the Construction and materials of the AASHTOWare project™ module is designed to cover all levels of construction and materials management to progress a contract (and its supporting documentation) from award to finalization. DOT agencies that deploy this module will soon be able to access the ForneyVault platform. Using a private cloud database, ForneyVault connects test machines, ancillary equipment, and third-party software, allowing data to flow seamlessly throughout the testing process.
“This interface with AASHTOWare Project will replace many error-prone manual tasks, as well as labor-intensive data entry and paperwork, with intuitive and automated processes,” says Joel SimpsonSenior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Forney LP. “This is an incredible opportunity for DOT agencies seeking greater efficiency and improved productivity that will be demanded as the influx of investment and jobs law funding in infrastructure is driving tremendous growth in infrastructure projects.”
The ForneyVault-AASHTOWare project interface allows sample information and test data to flow automatically between the two systems, eliminating manual data collection on the test machine and repetitive manual data entry across multiple systems.
“AASHTOWare is an extremely valuable tool for state transportation agencies, and ForneyVault’s upcoming integration with the AASHTOWare Project will provide even more value and convenience for users,” says Scott Grumski, Vice President, Platform Development, Forney LP. “In short, with ForneyVault, AASHTOWare Project users will have access to verifiable, unalterable data to better inform material approvals, qualifications, mix design approvals and more, while managing every stage of the life of material samples. The combination of AASHTOWare Project and ForneyVault will undoubtedly reduce the risk of errors, increase compliance, and generate more positive results for DOTs and partner labs.”
To assess the value of integration, DOT agencies in Nebraska, Kansas and Mississippi participated in a 7-month proof-of-concept (POC) pilot hosted by AASHTO. Forney supported the POC by providing technical support for the enabling test machine interface and hardware, including ForneyLink, their touchscreen user interface for manual machines, and Forney RetroPak, an upgrade kit for convert any manual machine into an automatic machine.
“AASHTOWare’s strategic plan includes an initiative to provide innovative products and services by leveraging other transportation technology vendors. The integration of the AASHTOWare project and ForneyVault was a perfect fit for this initiative,” says Brian Korschgenproject manager, AASHTOWare project.
In addition to being an early adopter of AASHTOWare Project Construction and Materials, Nebraska DOT recognized the value of ForneyVault integration and, upon completion of the POC, became the first subscriber to the new interface.
“I’m happy that Nebraska sees real value in this interface and is moving forward with production. I look forward to seeing what other agencies will take advantage of this interface in the future,” says Korschgen.
“As an agency, we explored and used interfaces with our lab equipment prior to this integration. Having created and maintained a few of our own interfaces, we are excited to have this native integration. We see this as a great way to scale all of our labs that do compression testing without having to directly build and maintain those interfaces ourselves,” says Ty CarlsonBuilding Systems IT Supervisor, Nebraska Department of Transportation.
“From the perspective of the lab manager and the lab technician, the AASHTOWare Project (AWP) interface with ForneyVault provides a simpler process that reduces the risk of data entry errors by the technician,” says Tim Krason, PCC Materials and Testing Manager, Nebraska Department of Transportation. “Any time you can eliminate data entry, you can eliminate errors. Technicians agree that the less they have to type, the less errors they are likely to make and the less time they will spend constantly reviewing what they have typed before. Our lab sees the value of increased efficiency by combining the automatic machine and AWP/ForneyVault integration.”
About Forney LP and ForneyVault®
Forney LP is an innovator and distributor of materials testing equipment based in Zelienople, Pennsylvaniawith additional facilities in Aurora, Colorado. Forney is the developer of ForneyVault®, an integrated building materials testing platform. With ForneyVault, data flows seamlessly throughout the testing process, reducing the risk of errors, increasing compliance, and generating more positive outcomes for labs and other process stakeholders. Forney focuses on material testing equipment for cementitious materials such as cement, mortar, grout and concrete for the construction industry, downhole cement and propping materials for the oil and gas industry, and general metal testing. Forney sells its products in more than 75 countries. For more information, visit forneyvault.com.
About the AASHTO and AASHTOWare Project
AASHTO is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association representing the highway and transportation departments in all 50 states, District of Colombiaand Porto Rico. Its main objective is to promote the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated national transport system. A liaison between state departments of transportation and the federal government, AASHTO is an international leader in establishing technical standards for all phases of highway development. Standards are issued for the design, construction of highways and bridges, materials and many other technical areas.
AASHTOWare is designed to help users comply with Federal Highway Administration regulations, AASHTO standards, and industry best practices, but easily accommodates state-to-state differences. Easy to download, customize and deploy, AASHTOWare efficiently monitors costs, schedules, inventories, inspections, performance, travel and safety.
For more information, visit aashtoware.org.
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