The Gannett Fleming environmental acoustics team of Adam Alexander; Ahmed El-Aassar, PhD, PE, ENV SP; John MacDonald, PhD, PE; and Anjoli Martin, PE, LEED AP, recently received the Harter Rupert Award at the 2019 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The team won the award, given for the most outstanding paper submitted to the TRB Standing Committee on transportation related noise and vibration, for their work, “Technical Approaches to Programmatic Agreements.”
The paper detailed a research project undertaken on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to develop technical support for a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) programmatic agreement to accelerate project delivery by reducing the need for detailed noise studies on projects with low traffic volumes.
El-Aassar, the client manager and project manager, expanded the parameters of the analysis after discussions with NCDOT, provided input on the regression analysis, and developed the conclusions of the paper. Alexander served as the principal investigator for the project, developed the experimental framework, performed the initial modeling, and was the main author. MacDonald performed a regression analysis on the results to develop a predictive model and wrote the regression analysis. Martin performed the second phase of modeling for the project and was a contributing author.
The conclusion of the paper found that by reducing detailed noise studies on projects with low traffic volumes, other highway states agencies could enact this same FHWA agreement and save time and money.