Verifying that construction materials meet project specifications is necessary but can be a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. Some materials require extensive sampling and then testing in a laboratory setting. This often results in delays or taking shortcuts in getting test results for acceptance, which could impact product quality and long-term project performance. In the end, this all results in higher project costs, as delays, rework, and/or reduced performance equals money and can impact safety.
To combat this issue, state DOTs and transportation agencies can now use Techniques to Fingerprint Construction Materials (R06B), born from SHRP2—a program by the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to deliver solutions for transportation agencies that save lives, money, and time. R06B features two portable technologies that can probe specific construction materials in real time and right at the project site, saving time and costs stemming from delays.
FTIR spectrometer testing an asphalt grain.