Whether you need occasional assistance facilitating meetings of your steering committee, or more technical assistance in the development of a Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP), we have the experience, knowledge, and objectivity needed to help your agency meet the requirements, and the spirit, of the federal legislation.
Ohio Department of Transportation (DOT)
The Ohio DOT is responsible for managing a transportation network with a capital program in excess of $2 billion. In response to 2012's Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and to better manage its sizable obligations, the Department sought to develop a TAMP. To accomplish this goal, the Ohio DOT selected APTech to develop a long-term, risk-based TAMP.
This TAMP is used in systematic and strategic investment decisions that use funds more effectively and support the Ohio DOT's mission to: 1) take care of what they have; 2) make the system work better; 3) improve safety; and 4) enhance capacity.
The use of asset management principles in state highway agencies (SHAs) has become increasingly important as those agencies respond to increasing demands on the highway system and demands for improved transparency and accountability in agency decisions. Asset management provides a framework for using performance data to make sound investment decisions that are aligned with the agency’s strategic objectives. To help identify and prioritize changes that are needed to support asset management in a transportation agency, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) published the Transportation Asset Management Guide - A Focus on Implementation. The Guide describes the use of a gap analysis as an objective and structured process for evaluating current and desired asset management practices and to identify priorities for actions that are needed to achieve agency goals. When the Guide was developed, a prototype of a tool was developed to support the use of a gap analysis by SHAs. However, the original tool was developed based on experience in New Zealand rather than the U.S. and was not easily modifiable. To remedy these difficulties, the National Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP) selected us to develop a new gap analysis tool that is more intuitive, well described, user-friendly, and applicable for transportation practitioners and decision-makers in the United States.
To determine the capabilities needed in the improved tool, we are conducting a literature and process review. The data from these activities enables us to develop helpful guidelines for conducting a gap analysis and an intuitive and user-friendly gap analysis spreadsheet tool that is relevant to transportation asset management in the United States. The gap analysis spreadsheet tool will be made available to SHAs through AASHTO and outreach activities such as webinars and workshops. National Highway Institute (NHI) courses will be used to promote the tool’s use as well.
Mississippi Department of Transportation (DOT)
The Mississippi DOT selected APTech to update the existing pavement management process documentation, develop a Quality Management Plan (QMP) for pavement management data collection activities, and provide recommendations for improving quality checks on pavement condition data collected by vendors.