NTPEP ePEF

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PROVIDING A CENTRAL ONLINE PLATFORM TO THE MANUFACTURERS FOR PRODUCT EVALUATION SUBMISSION TO DESIRED TECHNICAL COMMITTEES AND A MEANS FOR AASHTO TO EVALUATE PRODUCTS BEFORE FIELD/LABORATORY TESTING, NTPEP PEF APPLICATION IS FACILITATING AUTOMATION OF NTPEP PRODUCT EVALUATION PROCESS AND THUS HELPING NTPEP ACHIVE ITS GOALS.


Client


American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated transportation system that serves the nation.


Challenge


By-products of NTPEP services are data and audit reports that are aligned with this program’s mission; to provide quality and responsive engineering for testing and evaluation of products, materials and devices that are commonly used by AASHTO; and to reduce the duplication in the evaluation efforts of the State DOTs and other involved industries for pre-qualification of products.


To fulfill this goal, NTPEP DataMine was formulated which is an online repository of all the available relevant digital data.  DataMine allowed for the product evaluation and testing data to be uploaded to share with other State DOTs and manufactures.  This application acted as a comprehensive reference warehouse of product evaluation data.


This system was the need of the hour and fulfilled the data sharing objective among relevant stakeholders. However, it was not catering to a crucial element of the whole process; the evaluation process for pre-qualification of products.  Manual applications were being submitted to NTPEP.  Also this whole evaluation process was handled outside the DataMine and its data never made it to the system either.


There was a need to add the manufacturer product data into the system as well along with the evaluation details.  This would help the relevant personnel to know which products are submitted for evaluation by which manufacturer; to which Technical Committee the product belongs; and was the initial product evaluation successful to allow for field and/or laboratory testing by Testing Facilities (Laboratories).   


Solution


To counter this challenge, iENGINEERING worked with NTPEP to implement the Electronic Product Evaluation Form module that plugged in the DataMine application to take care of manufacturer applications for product evaluation.  NTPEP Product Evaluation Form (NTPEP ePEF) offers an online portal where manufactures can register and login to submit their products for evaluation.  This solution not only handles the missing part of the whole product evaluation and testing  process but by being online, also allows access from anywhere at any time.


NTPEP ePEF Overview


NTPEP Product Evaluation Form (ePEF) is an online application that allows manufacturers to submit their product evaluations from any geographical location at any time, provided Internet access is available.  After registration on the single sign-on registration web site, Manufacturers can login on NTPEP ePEF and submit their products for evaluation to any desired Technical Committee (TC).  The product evaluation application consists of four steps out of which three are similar for all TCs while the rest are specific to the TCs.  This allows for the appropriate product information to be provided at the time of application submission and prevents iterations in which AASHTO requires more information from manufacturers.


This application not only allows submission of PEF, it is also intelligent enough to route the application to the desired Testing Facility after appropriate assignment by Lead State or AASHTO.  E-Mail notifications are sent out to the relevant personnel about the application submission and routing.  Manufacturers can refer to the desired fees for the evaluation process as well.  As soon as they make the desired payments to AASHTO and the product is approved, their product evaluation process (Laboratory/Field testing) starts.  For disapproved products, evaluation process terminates and the application is not routed further.  


Technology


NTPEP ePEF is a data-driven web application that utilizes the Active Server Pages .NET (ASP.NET) and C# for server-side information processing.  ActiveX Data Objects .NET (ADO.NET) technology is used for database connectivity and data retrieval.  All application data is stored in a centralized SQL Server database.  SMTP sends out the system and workflow e-mail messages to the desired recipients.  All sensitive data is secured through advanced encryption algorithms. 


Additional Information


NTPEP DataMine can be accessed at http://data.ntpep.org/.

Contact the iENGINEERING at support@iengineering.com for additional information on NTPEP Product Evaluation Form application.


If you would like more information regarding the product/service described above or if you would like to implement a similar solution within your organization, please contact Riaz Ahmad at (703) 722-2980 or e-mail rahmad@iengineering.com.