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A cover image of RFP Best Practices: How to develop a future-proofed AVL solicitation in 2021

RFP Best Practices: How to develop a future-proofed AVL solicitation in 2021

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To properly assess an AVL or GPS telematics solution's current and future needs can be a daunting task for any City or Public Works department. At a minimum, you need to be sure the system you choose will be able to meet your current needs based on your infrastructure, budget, and available resources and assets. An even more critical requirement is that the solution and the provider you choose can meet the ever-growing needs of your organization and the citizens you serve. If you're new to the AVL Telematics RFP process for your city or county, developing an operational strategy from scratch can be terrifying. There are your requirements to consider plus those that you will require from your partner. That's where this whitepaper will prove useful. Technology is continually changing. What worked five years ago is likely not working today, which requires you to create a platform for change across your public works department. This whitepaper will guide you on building a vendor requirements solicitation that ensures you are future-proofing your city and acting in your citizens' best interest.


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A cover image of American Highway Products' Custom Steel Inlet/Catch Basin Risers report

Custom Steel Inlet/Catch Basin Risers

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Look at costs to raise Catch Basin/Inlet grates to grade by manually excavating the frame, resetting it and pouring concrete. Go over 3 Case Studies (WI DOT, NJ DOT, IL DOT) Interstate paving projects using Catch Basin/Inlet Risers. Look at pros and cons of Steel vs. Cast Iron Catch Basin/Inlet Risers (customizability/Fit, available riser heights, strength, weight, safety).


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A cover image of Cartegraph's Asset Management Basics Ebook and Worksheets: A Guide For Communities of All Sizes

Asset Management Basics Ebook and Worksheets: A Guide For Communities of All Sizes

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You know there must be an easier way to run your public works department with confidence and clarity. But, change can be daunting—so how and where do you begin? From crafting your municipal asset management strategy to performing your initial infrastructure inventory, this free ebook—complete with practice worksheets—will guide you every step of the way.

Claim your FREE eBook now to answer the following questions:

  • How do I build an asset management strategy for my community?
  • How do my current public works operations stack up?
  • Does my community really need a public works asset management system?
  • What 7 steps should I follow to select an asset management system?
  • Who else should be involved in the system selection process?
  • Why and how should I kick off an asset management pilot program?
  • What should I do to maintain my work and asset management system?

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A cover image of American Highway Products' Reusable Manhole Safety Ramps report

Reusable Manhole Safety Ramps & Safety Ramps for Exposed Edges

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The Overlooked Detail That Saves Time & Money on Roadway Milling Projects. Look at how big a problem is Vehicle Damage due to exposed utilities on Mill & Fill paving projects and the associated Liability to the Contractor, Municipality or State. Look at Inadequate Solutions such as signage, cones, paint, cold mix, and millings. Briefly go over 2 case studies looking at safety and savings.


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Pivoted Turnbuckle Manhole Riser (MHR)

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How to cut manhole raising costs by 81% and extend new pavement lifespan: Take a look at Kansas City Study on the Effect of Manholes on Street Condition. Analyze all the costs of raising manholes to grade when paving by taking a closer look at the labor and material costs associated with different methods. List the pros and cons of various manhole raising techniques. Take a look at features for in an ideal manhole rising product. Briefly look at 3 case studies.


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