Volume 1, Issue 14 March 2019
MAINTENANCE MATTERS DID YOU KNOW VDOT practices training and inspecting on the use of chippers before each use. This is to make sure that the chipper is functioning correctly and safe to use. Safety practices when using a chipper: Wear wrap around/pant style chaps to decrease the chance of snagging. Clean up debris prior to feeding into a chipper to lessen snagging of clothing. Brush should be fed in the chipper so that it points away from the chute to reduce risk of snagging and injury.
WELCOME and CONGRATULATIONS!!
Andrea Styles — New Data Systems Specialist, Maintenance Division, Central Office. Shahriar Najafi — New Pavement System Specialist, Maintenance Division, Central Office. Martin Krebs — New Transportation Fellow, AASHTO, Washington DC.
Inside this issue: Did You Know
Welcome and Congratulations
HMMS — A long awaited performance enhancement Release 1.6 for the HMMS Mobile device App; MobileVUE was received Monday March 4th and is in production. Some new features/functionality were added as well. Of particular note is a filter for Dept. ID is now available, no more scrolling. Release 1.6 has increased the number of Work Orders that can be "synced" to VUEWorks significantly. We have successfully synced 250+ Work Orders. Additionally, a new VUEWorks build 2018.3.4; was deployed into production containing several sought after bug fixes and enhancements. Our contract partners continue to work on further requested enhancements and remaining bug fixes. Maintenance Rating Program (MRP) — The 2019 MRP’s are ready to kickoff, starting in April. The MRP evaluations are reflective of the 1,530 center lane miles or 8,003 lane miles of interstate throughout the commonwealth. The commonwealth uses various types of contracts for interstate maintenance, totaling an approximate $52 million annually. Warranty for ISSP — Recently the ISSP Team has enhanced the warranty program with our contract with Mancon. The focus is enhancing the knowledge of all the warranties and ensuring they're available to VDOT. In order to capture the most accurate information, this project includes recommendations from the field, end user input and feedback; from both VDOT and Mancon employees. This program captures warranties on a variety of items that include equipment and maintenance related goods and cores. The Warranty Program is now available and ready for use. Along with the Warranty Program, training will be provided during Spring of 2019. To learn more about these available and upcoming training opportunities, be sure to contact your SPM.
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FY19 Rental Equipment Acquisition — During this period, 213 units were received for a value of $27,500,000. 23 units were ordered for a value of $2,500,000. Awarded Contract — 47301 Diagnostic Lap Top and Software Service Fuel Program Update — The EJ Ward Automated Fuel Management System is moving forward with refinements to the current pilot program. Fortress Mobile Camera/AVL — Pilot study of an in cab camera on a Richmond District dump truck has been extended through next snow season for further enhancements and evaluation. Automated Fuel — Established a working group to develop RFP/RFI for the Automated Fuel Management Program. Fuel Maintenance and Repair — Established a working group to develop an RFP for this program.
SPECIAL FEATURE Remote Control Slope Mowers: VDOT has two RC Slope Mowers; one in Richmond and one in Staunton. The mowers are remote controlled, all-terrain, for cutting grass and light brush in areas that are not accessible conventional mowing equipment. They have rubber tracks and are well suited for steeply sloped hills where the driver is endangered by a traditional mower rolling over. The machines are designed to operate on slopes up to 60 degrees in all directions. Many of the steep slopes are currently cleared manually with weed-eater equipment. VDOT has purchased two different designs to learn the pros and cons of each model. Both use a hydraulically powered front-mounted flail mower cutting head. Richmond District purchased a Green Climber LV600 Remote- Slope Mower with a 56 horse power diesel engine. The Green Climber has not been placed into service yet. Staunton District purchased an Alamo Traxx RF Mower with a 39 horsepower diesel engine. The Traxx unit has been used appropriate 18 hours so far. Both machines have the ability to accept several different attachments. On the Traxx machine in Staunton a stump grinder is being used along with the grass/brush cutter. Performance data is being collected and will be evaluated prior to more purchases. The equipment cost is $85,000 to $100,000 each depending on accessories ordered.
WE KEEP VIRGINIA MOVING
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The newsletter of the Virginia Department of Transportation's Maintenance Division.