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January 5, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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TxDOT Awards Research Grant to UT Tyler Civil Engineering Professor

Fan

Dr. Wei “David” Fan, assistant professor in civil engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler, has received $27, 436 to study aspects of roadside maintenance for the Texas Department of Transportation, Dr. Arlene Horne, associate vice president for research and federal relations, announced.


Fan will collaborate with Texas Transportation Institute officials during the two-year study. The research will help identify and summarize best practices in performance-based roadside maintenance specifications, which cover a new construction management and contract technique that has received increased worldwide attention for highway construction projects.   


“To preserve and improve the value of its roadside assets and optimize the use of its resources, the Texas Department of Transportation is investigating the use of performance-based specifications,” Fan said. “While performance-based contracting is a promising roadway asset management technique, it is still relatively new, and several questions need to be addressed to help TxDOT apply this technique effectively.”


The team will develop draft specifications for consideration by TxDOT through field trials and feedback, according to Fan.


“The input of TxDOT’s districts and feedback from the proposed field trials will help ensure the developed plans and methods are theoretically sound and at the same time, practical to implement in TxDOT before being broadly applied,” he added.                                                 


Fan holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering with a specialization in transportation from UT Austin. His memberships include the American Society for Engineering Education, American Society for Civil Engineers and the Transportation Research Forum.


UT Tyler engineering students named him the 2006-07 “Best Civil Engineering Professor.”


TxDOT, in cooperation with local and regional officials, is responsible for planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining Texas’ transportation system.


For more information about TxDOT, visit http://www.txdot.gov/.


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