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TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Report S2-R07-RR-3: Framework for Performance Specifications: Guide for Specification Writers presents a flexible framework that specifiers may use to assess whether performance specifying represents a viable option for a particular project or project element. If it is indeed a viable option, the Guide discusses how performance specifications may then be developed and used to achieve project-specific goals and satisfy user needs.

An e-book version of this guide is available for purchase at Amazon, Google, and iTunes.

The SHRP 2 Renewal Project that produced S2-R07-RR-3 also produced:

  • Strategies for Implementing Performance Specifications: Guide for Executives and Project Managers, which provides a broad overview of the benefits and challenges associated with implementing performance specifications;
  • Performance Specifications for Rapid Highway Renewal, which describes suggested performance specifications for different application areas and delivery methods that users may tailor to address rapid highway renewal project-specific goals and conditions; and
  • Guide Performance Specifications, which includes model specifications and commentary to address implementation and performance targets (for acceptance) for 13 routine highway items. Agencies may adapt guide specifications to specific standards or project conditions. The commentary addresses gaps, risks, and options.
  • A pilot study, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation, to investigate the effectiveness of selected quality assurance/quality control testing technologies.

Suggested Citation

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2013. Framework for Performance Specifications: Guide for Specification Writers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Publication Info

92 pages |  8.5 x 11 |  Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-309-27339-8

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