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About AII: Strategic Goals

About the AASHTO Innovation Initiative

What is AII?

Formerly the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group (TIG), AII advances innovation from the grassroots up: by agencies, for agencies, peer-to-peer.

Strategic Goals

The AASHTO Innovation Initiative (AII) recognizes the culture where rapid advancement and implementation of high payoff, innovative technologies is the expectation of the transportation community. AII's mission is to champion the implementation of technology among AASHTO member agencies, local agencies, and their industry partners to improve the Nation's transportation system. In support of that mission, several strategic goals have been identified:

  • Develop mechanisms to solicit potentially ready-to-implement technologies.
  • Develop a process to prioritize and select technologies on which to focus implementation efforts.
  • Provide leadership to promote and support rapid implementation of selected technologies.
  • Identify and mobilize technology champions within the AASHTO member departments who are committed to the deployment of chosen technologies.
  • Formulate processes or approaches which will be conducive to rapid deployment of technology at the local level.
  • Create a partnership with all stakeholders, including industry and local governments (NACE, APWA, etc.), to maximize the use of all resources.
  • Share information, communicate and outreach proactively, both externally and internally, with all stakeholders and with all levels of organizations, AASHTO’s Board of Directors and Chief Engineers.

Customers and Stakeholders

  • Customer – Someone to whom the AASHTO Innovation Initiative directly provides material, information, or services as part of delivering our business.
  • Stakeholder – Someone who has an interest in the performance of the AASHTO Innovation Initiative as it delivers its business.
Customer List
Customers:What we directly provide:Their expectations:
State DOTs*
  • Technology, techniques, and procedures (TTP), tested and ready to use
  • Environment to test/try TTP
  • Facilitate service
  • Good products
  • Good support
  • Champion implementation
  • Services and information
  • Screening of TTP
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Results—High payoff
SCOH Subcommittees*
  • Techniques for tech transfer
  • Information
  • Service and scanning
  • Identify potential opportunities for others
  • Clearinghouse service for high payoff
  • Recognition/attention
  • Responsiveness
  • Sound decisions
  • Leadership/direction
  • Action/business plan
  • Communication
Local transportation agenciesForum for discussion or hearing of new TTP 
FHWA Resource Centers*Analytic work to determine what is high pay-off 
Construction community*
  • Contractors
  • Material suppliers
  • Specifications
  • Standards
  • Guidelines through DOTs
Consultant community*  
Technology suppliers* (equipment, etc.)  
Agency professional and technical staff  
Elected officials  
Standards setting organizations (ASTM, etc.)  
AcademiaTraining, educational materials 

* Longer-range (next year) customers as identified by AII.

Stakeholder List
Stakeholders:What their interest is:What they expect:
Driving public (including pedestrians and cyclists),
End user beneficiaries
Efficient systems, safety
Minimize disruption
Safe, efficient
Seamless mobility
Return on investment
High Payoff
Measure accountability
Member Departments (state DOTs)*Products, processes
Operational impacts
Attention to their needs
High payoff, measure
Sound decisions
Implementation support
Local governments*Products, processes
Operational impacts
Low cost/proven
Easy to implement
Involvement in process
Industry and Associations*
(Highway industry -- design, construction, manufacturers, products and material)
Products, processes
Impact on profitability and opportunities
Minimize disruption
Involvement in process
High payoff
Consistent follow-through
Reduced risk
AASHTO Committee Structure*Products and processing
Needs and support
Support, continuity
Communication, clarity
Internal interests*Products and processesCommunication
Involvement opportunity
Environmental community*Reducing negative impacts of transportation activitiesRecognition
Interests elevated
Academia*Educate, researchCommunication
Participation, support
Industry (firms)*  
Industry associations*  
Emerging Industry*  
Other Modes*  
Non-transportation professionals (public safety)*  

* Longer-range (next year) stakeholders as identified by AII.