History of Innovation
In 1996, ATSER’s TEAM led in the development and deployment of a Material Acceptance Testing Systems (MATS). ATSER pioneered the development of this type of software for the transportation industry and for its use in alternative delivery programs. ATSER’s innovation was recognized when they were the first firm selected to provide a MATS for the nation’s first transportation design-build project sponsored by Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). This transportation project, Interstate 15 Reconstruction, was needed to address the increase in traffic expected during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games that was being hosted by Salt Lake City, Utah. The project schedule was compressed from 10 years to 54 months, with a projection of $1 million of construction per day. In addition, the design-build contractor was delegated the quality acceptance with UDOT and its agent was responsible for providing quality verification in accordance with US Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Title 23. UDOT engaged ATSER to verify the design-build contractor submitted acceptance results. ATSER first introduced their client-server software, identified as Lab-ITTM 1.0, in the early 1990’s. Lab-IT™ was an offline MATS for material testing inspection and project management software for the transportation industry. This client-server software facilitated the collection of construction materials offline data and reporting. The software allowed for an automated electronic software solution to provide inspection checklist and collect material testing data off-line. The technology was state of the art in the early 1990’s before the advent of the internet and eventually earned ATSER a United States Patent. The software was completely successful in providing governance and standardization for the collection, analysis, reporting of inspection and testing results.