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NRRA Structure and Teams

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NRRA Structure and Teams

Structure

The NRRA structure is comprised of an executive committee and six teams. The executive committee represents agency members from various state DOTs. The six teams include both agency members and associate members. This structure, designed to foster innovation and develop implementable products for road owners, ensures high quality, relevant research based on the latest technology. All teams are chaired by agency members.

Committee and Teams

The Executive Committee

The executive committee includes agency members from various states. The committee sets objectives, goals, and finalizes project selection recommended by the project teams. It also sets the budget for the alliance.

Technology Transfer Team

The technology transfer team represents experts working to communicate the NRRA activities taking place. Activities include a newsletter, the NRRA website, outreach activities, webinars, training, videos, implementation specifications and the annual pavement workshop.

Flexible Team

The flexible team includes technical experts who focus on new and rehabilitated asphalt roadways. Activities include prioritization of short and long term research, development of long term research test sections at MnROAD and providing input to the technology transfer team on what should be communicated.

Rigid Team

The rigid team represents technical experts who examine new and rehabilitated concrete roadways. Activities expected include prioritization of short and long term research, development of long term research test sections at MnROAD and providing input to the technology transfer team on what needs to be communicated.

Geotechnical Team

The geotechnical team includes technical experts who concentrate on bound and unbound materials found under the pavement surface. This includes grading and base, full depth reclamation, cold in place recycling for new and rehabilitated roadways, and more. Activities include prioritization of short and long term research, development of long term research test sections at MnROAD, and providing input to the technology transfer team to aid communication.

Preventive Maintenance Team

The preventive maintenance team represents technical experts in the area maintenance of concrete and asphalt roadways. Activities expected include prioritization of short and long term research, development of long term research test sections at MnROAD, and providing input to the technology transfer team on how to communicate new knowledge.

Intelligent Construction Technologies Team

The intelligent construction technologies team is new and features technical experts in the area of innovative technologies for planning, design, construction, real-time quality control/monitoring, and management for the lifecycle of infrastructure construction. The ICT team’s activities include: short-term and long-term research, field evaluation and/or demonstration of current and emerging technologies, partnering with industry to assist with development and deployment of technologies, creation of tools and resources to assist with deployment efforts, technology transfer among NRRA partners and specification development.