For the past 14 years, Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been managing the Highway Innovative Technology Evaluation Center (HITEC) under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In recognition of changing needs, earlier this year ASCE created the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation (CEFI) to replace CERF. As part of this change, ASCE moved the management of CERF's HITEC program, along with other existing CERF projects, to its Department of Grants and Contracts (DGC).
Under DGC, HITEC is continuing to accept applications for vendor-funded evaluations, which will be conducted using the same guidelines, protocols, and processes as in the past. Unfortunately, funding of HITEC evaluations by FHWA (under direct and state pooled funds arrangements), which has served as the primary source of funding in the past, is no longer available.
For information on ongoing evaluations, or to obtain information on submitting an application for HITEC evaluation, contact Muhammad Amer at 703-295-6392.
The Highway Innovative Technology Evaluation Center (HITEC) is a nationally recognized, first-stop service center and clearinghouse for implementing highway innovation. HITEC conducts impartial performance evaluations for market-ready products where standards or specifications do not exist. HITEC accepts both "high-tech" and "low-tech" products and/or technologies that are intended for use in any aspect of the highway community including design, construction, operation, or maintenance.
When a manufacturer is introducing a new or innovative technology, it is often necessary to demonstrate the product to many, if not all, owners, builders, consumers, state agencies, etc. to prove that it performs as claimed. This practice is inefficient, time consuming, and often costly. To overcome these barriers, HITEC facilitates the conduct of consensus-based, nationally accepted performance evaluations of new or innovative technologies for the highway industry through its simple and highly effective collaborative process.
The key feature of the HITEC process is the formation of the Technical Evaluation Panel, which is composed of key representatives from the user community, academia, and the private sector. The Technical Evaluation Panel, with the cooperation and assistance of the applicant(s), identifies the specific issues and concerns requiring resolution of these products to be adopted by the industry. These evaluation guidelines are compiled and documented, serving as the testing protocol for the subsequent evaluation. The products are then evaluated against the HITEC protocol, resulting in the production and distribution of HITEC evaluation reports, containing credible and comprehensive performance information on innovative products and technologies to help highway agencies make informed purchasing decisions.
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