AMRL was established as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1965. In 1966 AMRL’s Laboratory Assessment and Proficiency Sample programs were introduced that covered just the basics – soil, aggregate and bituminous materials. Twenty-two years later in 1988, the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP) was established to provide formal recognition for construction materials laboratories that meet the requirements of AASHTO R18.
Since the origins of the AAP program, ideas, standards and virtually every aspect of the program has evolved to what it is today. Change is inevitable and a way of life and must be embraced as we continue to improve productivity, processes and simply improve the way we conduct our day-to-day business operations.
As the industry continues to improve quality in the engineering environment, available tools to increase productivity play a key role in this process.
What technology tools is your laboratory using to increase its productivity? Please share your ideas or comments!
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