AASHTOWare Project

AASHTOWare Project Inform​ation

AASHTOWare Project (AWP) is a web based system designed by AASHTO and developed by InfoTech, Inc. to manage highway contracts. AASHTOWare Project has several modules including Preconstruction, Construction and Materials, and Civil Rights and Labor. All components of the system are described below. All the WisDOT AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction and Construction documentation is available on the AASHTOWare Project Knowledge Base (AWPKB)​. The documentation describes how to create an engineer's estimate and administer the construction contract. The AWPKB also provides training videos, Pantry documentation and responses to frequently asked questions. Pantry is a collection of state and region forms used to administer the contract.​

AASHTOWare Project Estimator™

Estimator is a highway construction cost estimation standalone application, which helps designers estimate the cost of a construction project, using cost-based, bid-based, quote-based, or ad-hoc estimation methods. The designer uses Estimator to create project categories and then adds items to the categories. Prices for the items are derived from one of the aforementioned estimation methods. Estimator uses historical price information that is maintained in AASHTOWare Project Bid Analysis Management System / Decision Support System (BAMS/DSS) to generate price information for bid-based pricing. Once a project estimate is complete, it is transferred to AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction.

AASHTOWare Project Pre​​construction™​

The AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction module provides designers with a tool to assist in project definition, project cost estimation, proposal creation, and bid let creation. Within this module, detailed project information, not available in Estimator, is added to the project estimate, funding is assigned to each of the project categories, multiple projects are combined to make the proposal package, and the proposals are combined to make the bid letting package. This module also provides bid let staff with automated tools for the management of bid data entry, bid tabulation with low-bid analysis, and contract award processing. In addition, this module includes vendor management including vendor qualification, affiliation, and DBE information.

AASHTOWare Project C​​​onstruction and Materials™

The AASHTOWare Project Construction and Materials module provides construction engineers a system to manage awarded contracts by allowing the entry of daily work progress diaries, item quantity usage, change orders, and pay estimate generation. Pay estimates are transferred to the accounts payable department for contractor payment. Construction management personnel can complete contract status reporting, progress payments, DBE reporting, funding participation allocation, and project finalization management. WisDOT implemented the construction administration portion in November 2020 and plans to roll out the Materials portion by 2026.

AASHTOWare Project Civil Right​s and Labor™ (Future Release)​​

The AASHTOWare Project Civil Rights and Labor module allows the department to receive and process the data required to meet federal and state requirements for civil rights and labor compliance activities. The department is planning on implementing this module in the near future.

AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics™

The AASHTOWare Project Data Analytics module improves and expands upon the methodology and functionality from AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS™ , the original historical database and bid analysis software developed in the 1970s. WisDOT uses AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS today but is working towards replacing this module with this web based replacement. Users will be able to analyze patterns for irregularities through graphical and tabular displays built specifically for highway construction data analysis. Like the other AASHTOWare Project modules, this module is role driven and will help users locate contract information quickly and easily. There will be management reports, market analysis and cost indices, project planning, and project cost estimation tools based on price and payment information from AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction and Project Construction. The department rolled out Data Analytics in the spring of 2023.