The Philadelphia Streets Department is interested in receiving ideas for implementing innovative, cost efficient technology for measuring the pavement condition of its roadways.
The Philadelphia Streets Department strategically works to allocate limited resources in the most cost efficient manner possible. Therefore, it is important that we develop the most effective methods to make data-driven decisions when it comes to investing in the paving of our streets. As such, we are interested in receiving information about research and technologies that can be incorporated and replicated into current Streets Department workflows to more comprehensively understand the current pavement condition of our streets.
The Streets Department employs a Pavement Asset Management System which requires 500 miles of streets to be annually inspected. Currently, these are visual inspections conducted by Streets Department employees. Due to this investment of man hours, the Streets Department wants to learn more about current research and technology services that may allow for more efficient inspections and the development of standards with respect to these technologies.
Ideal technologies which would aid in efficient inspections would be able to identify the following pavement issues required by our Pavement Asset Management System on a street segment level by type of pavement:
- alligator cracking
- patching and utility cuts
- longitudinal/transverse cracking
- block cracking
- transverse distortions
- joint spalling
- divided slabs
- corner breaks
- longitudinal and transverse cracking
- patching and utility cuts
- improper cross-section
- roadside drainage
- loose aggregate
The Streets Department is interested in learning more about current research and technology services which could do both of the following:
- Provide cost efficient, replicable technology or research, which could aid pavement condition inspections by incorporating into current workflows, requiring minimal proprietary technology acquisitions, and/or propose a different way of approaching these inspections; and
- Work with the Streets Department to develop standards based on the output of this technology or research to ensure the longevity of our roadways.
Please articulate your idea as you see fit; however, your submission must be less than 2,500 words and no more than under 5 pages/slides. How you use the up to 2,500 words and fill up to 5 pages/slides is entirely up to you.
While the Streets Department does not want to prescribe how to go about organizing this project, for some general guidance, a sample submission template could include the following:
- Technical Project Approach. This section could include descriptions of the approach to the problem, defined performance goals and provisions for performance measurement, use of standards, and provisions for interoperability, replicability, scalability, modularity, and composability.
- Qualifications of the Vendor/Researcher. A description of the qualifications and proposed operational or management activities of key personnel who you recommend to be assigned to complete the work on the proposed idea.
- Resource Availability. A description of the facilities, costs, and overall support needed to accomplish the project’s objectives and sustainability.
Posting of RFI – 5/2/2016
Submit Responses – 5/6/2016 at 5pm (EST) via email to Ema Yamamoto at Ema.Yamamoto@phila.gov
Please post any questions as a comment below this solicitation on bigideasphl.com so that additional information will be available for all potential submitters to review. Any questions sent via email will be directed back to the comment section on bigideasphl.com