Fortunately, this message is starting to gain traction domestically. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has recently shown a lot of interest in intelligent compaction. Working with manufacturers that currently offer this technology, the FHWA is learning more about its capabilities. Recognizing the advantages of being able to optimize material compaction, the agency is now considering recommending the use of intelligent compaction systems to state agencies, which would eventually filter down to the contractors.
But the real challenge is education about this technology - getting past the 'that's how we always did it' mentality and illustrating what this technology is and what it can mean to those that use it. Show people a better way to do the job and they'll be interested. But show them how to do the job better, while making more money in the process, and they'll be convinced.