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Professional Services

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CONSULTANTS MAY BE AUTHORIZED TO PERFORM SERVICES IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES, BUT AUTHORIZATION WILL BE COMMENSURATE WITH A FIRM'S ABILITY TO INCLUDE QUALIFICATIONS, SIZE, EXPERIENCE, ETC.

  1. HIGHWAY DESIGN
    Highway Design is the design of all types of highway facilities making up the functional systems as defined by AASHTO. The components of design include but are not limited to, the design of divided highways (including interchanges and ramp design), intersections, signalization and drainage systems. Preparation of the necessary construction plans to accomplish the above, and the preparation of right-of-way, traffic maintenance and erosion control plans. Registration in this field will automatically carry with it registration in Field #3 (Local Road & Street Design) but Field #3 does not automatically carry registration in Field #1.
  2. STRUCTURAL DESIGN
    Structural Design is the design of structures which are part of the highway system, such as bridges, culverts, sign and lighting supports, traffic control structures, retaining walls, etc. Design shall be based on the appropriate AASHTO Specifications.
  3. LOCAL ROAD AND STREET DESIGN
    Local Road and Street Design in the design of local roads and streets (rural and urban) as defined in current AASHTO standards. In Delaware, consultants approved in this area will be limited to work on industrial streets, subdivision streets with minor intersection improvements and minor drainage improvements on State roads as required to meet the Department's entrance regulations. At the Department's discretion, a consultant may be authorized to perform design related work on minor roadways.
  4. CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
    Construction Services consists of the ability to inspect highways, structures and transportation related facilities. The Department's needs are diverse in scope and magnitude from construction of multi-lane highways to overlay of suburban development streets.
  5. TRAFFIC ENGINEERING
    Traffic Engineering includes but is not limited to the formulation and/or design of accident studies, lane assignments, capacity analysis, signal design and timing, time-space studies intersection layout, traffic impact studies, etc. The operation aspects of traffic pattern layouts, signal phasing and timings, accident problem solving, and identification and solutions to capacity problems
  6. SOIL ENGINEERING AND GEOLOGIC STUDIES
    Soils Engineering includes but is not limited to demonstrated knowledge of soil mechanics (physical properties of soils and testing methods), stability of slopes, computation of earth pressures, bearing capacity of soils, time/settlement analysis, fluid flow through soil/rock layers, and design of earth structures requiring the application of theoretical soil mechanics, including embankment design, retaining and earth reinforcement structures design.
  7. TRANSIT DESIGN
    Transit Design is the design of transit-related facilities and systems. These systems consist of transit-related structures, guideway systems, bus systems, light and heavy rail systems as well as various intermodal systems. This category includes the design of freight systems.
  8. AVIATION DESIGN
    Aviation Design is the design of airport facilities, including terminals, ramps, taxiways, runways, drainage, and an access roadway system.
  9. LAND SURVEYING
    Land Surveying relates to preliminary engineering surveys required for preparing highway and structure designs and not land or property surveys. Registration requires a valid Professional Land Surveyor registered in the State of Delaware.
  10. ARCHITECTURE
    Architecture is the preparation of plans, designs, specifications and construction inspection of buildings and grounds to include all functional systems required for buildings or grounds (i.e. electrical, lighting, water, heat, air conditioning, sewage, etc.)
  11. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
    Landscape architecture shall mean any service or creative work, the adequate performance of which requires landscape architectural education, training and experience. It shall mean the performance of professional services in connection with the development of land areas where, and to the extent that the dominant purpose of such services is: the preservation, enhancement or determination of proper land uses, natural land features, ground cover and plantings, naturalistic and aesthetic values. Landscape architecture shall include the design of such tangible objects and features as are necessary to the purpose outline herein but shall not include the design of buildings, structures and utilities with separate and self-contained purposes such as are ordinarily included in the practice of architecture or engineering.
  12. MATERIALS INSPECTION AND TESTING Materials Inspection is the shop and plant inspection of structural steel and portland cement concrete structural elements. In addition, firms may be requested to inspect timber, paint and epoxy coating, machinery, overhead signing, lighting elements, etc.
  13. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
    Environmental Studies consists of the preparation of all levels of environmental reports including but not limited to, Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statement, 4(f) Evaluations, Technical Basis Reports, etc. Interested firms will exhibit the ability in one or more fields of environmental analysis including but not limited to natural resource evaluations, wetlands evaluations, air quality analysis, noise analysis, energy evaluations, air quality analysis, socio-economic evaluation. Areas also to be considered for registry will be hazardous waste, assessment of underground storage tanks, water quality, asbestos abatement, historic preservation, etc. In addition, Environmental Engineering, Consulting and Environmental Monitoring are now considered to be professional services under Title 29, Section 6930 of the Delaware Code. Services requiring a Delaware registered Professional Engineer will be determined on a project-by-project basis.
  14. HIGHWAY PLANNING
    Highway Planning includes, but is not limited to, highway and highway system analysis. Performance monitoring, utilization and service projections are aspects of highway planning. In addition, services under this category shall include sophisticated analysis to project future demands, service levels and highway requirements.
  15. TRANSIT PLANNING
    Transit Planning includes, but is not limited to, long and short term strategic and operational planning relating to all modes of public and specialized transportation. Specific fields of work including demographic and land use analyses as it relates to transportation, service analysis, performance monitoring, demand projects, operational and financial analyses, service and management automation and equipment and resource projections.
  16. AVIATION PLANNING
    Aviation Planning includes, but is not limited to, all aspects of planning for airport and aviation-related facilities. Knowledge of, and skilled in, the application of FAA regulations as they pertain to all aspects of the aeronautics field are requirements. The capability to conduct needs assessments including projections of future demand and resource requirements needed to satisfy demand are requirements of aviation planning. Work under this category includes analysis of physical structures, airport plan facilities and navigational aids. Additionally, the assessment and development of aviation policies and programs is performed under this category.
  17. RAIL PLANNING
    Rail Planning includes, but is not limited to, all aspects of planning for freight and passenger rail facilities and services. Service and operational analysis, demand projects, facility assessment and inventory and resource analysis are all requirements of this category. Additionally, the assessment and development of rail policies and programs is performed under this category.
  18. MANAGEMENT STUDIES
    Consultants selected to perform management studies are required to perform reviews and analyses of various Departmental functions to determine the degree of compliance to existing policies, procedures and elements of control. The consultant must be able to define the agencies mission, funding, and provide an assessment of the present policies and procedures necessary to accomplish the mission of the Department. Other areas for consideration are the design of the organization, evaluation of short term and long term goals, funding and legislative mandates, information management studies and forecasts of public sector funding and financing. The consultant should possess experience with the public sector evaluation process, possess transportation related experience and organization evaluation. The consultant should be knowledgeable in matters involving the public sector budgeting process. Experience should be exhibited in the strategic analysis process with the public sector. The consultant should demonstrate the ability to forecast and analyze trends affecting demographic situations in the public sector.
  19. PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT (MARKETING, ADVERTISING, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS)
    The Department of Transportation solicits the services of advertising, marketing or public relations firms to aid in the preparation of informational materials to be disseminated to the public. These materials may include, but are not limited to: general marketing campaigns; audio-visual presentation; print materials such as schedules, brochures, surveys and pamphlets; advertisements for print and broadcast media; and special events planning and coordination.


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