This session will discuss the FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC)-5 effort known as the “A-GaME”, which is establishing a new standard for enhanced site characterization. Site characterization plans are required for all MassDOT construction projects, regardless of design status, project type, or project scope. Effective site characterization is critical for recognizing potential problems that may affect design and construction and for ensuring safe, well-performing and cost effective projects. Typical practice involves following minimum standards and using SPT borings at discrete locations, ignoring many other tools at our disposal such as CPTs, geophysics televiewers and measurement while drilling. We can do better; we can bring our A-GaME.