Documenting Training Opportunities Related to Transportation Asset Management

Available Documents
Quarterly Report June 2005
Quarterly Report September 2005
Final Report
Reseach Summary

Primary Investigator
Teresa Adams & Ernie Wittwer
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
2204 Engineering Hall / 1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-5318
(608) 2659860 fax
adams[at]engr.wisc.edu

Project Objective
Many public agencies are now seeking training in the concepts, tools and processes
of transportation asset management. Some are creating their own training materials. Some are relying on vendors. Others rely on public providers such as Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) centers. To date no comprehensive inventory has been done of available training. Compiling such an inventory is the objective of this study. Since asset management-termed training covers a very wide range of topics, a short abstract will be written for each training course found, and the course will be categorized by major type.

Task Descriptions

  1. Create an advisory group. Since no registry exists of asset management trainers, the project will rely heavily on people who are close to asset management activities to suggest agencies, institutions and vendors who should be included in the survey. (These suggestions will be supplemented by an internet search of training providers.) The advisory group will also be used to provide feedback and guidance as the effort proceeds. Three to four teleconferences will be required over the course of the study.
  2. Conduct a literature review of potential providers of training in asset management.
  3. Create, distribute and tabulate a survey. A survey will be designed and sent to the list of agencies and vendors developed with the advisory committee. The survey will ask providers to make some characterizations of the training they offer, who it is focused on and what its content is. It will also ask for copies of materials, so that the characterizations given can be verified.
  4. Review, evaluate, categorize and abstract the training materials. This task will attempt to make sense of what exists. Is a training course primarily concerned with broadly defined asset management, pavement management, data management or some other aspect of the field? Materials will be reviewed and categorized into meaningful groups.
  5. Site visits. It may be necessary to visit some of he providers to better understand what their training materials are actually intended to do. The budget is premised on trips to the three most likely providers. As the study unfolds, a decision will be made as to whether this is truly needed, or whether other providers should be visited instead.
  6. Documenting and communicating results. A final report will be prepared in a concise format suitable for posting on a website. Hard copies of the final report will be available in accordance with UTC program and WisDOT guidelines. Presentations will also be available for the sponsors of the project.
  7. Contact Academic committee. A group of asset management educators has kept tabs on asset management course offering in universities for the past several years. This group will be asked to help develop the list of universities who should be contacts to document the for-credit offerings now available.
  8. Conduct literature searches of universities to document for-credit offerings.
  9. Contact universities as needed to supplement the literature search.
  10. Categorize, catalog and summarize the for-credit offerings.
  11. Brief TRB and AASHTO committees.

On a quarterly basis, progress reports will be submitted. At project completion, a final report will be generated and distributed to each participant state in the Transportation Asset Management Pooled Fund Research Program. The same material will be available to other states electronically.

Relationship to Other Research Projects
The documentation of training opportunities coincides with the efforts of the Transportation Research Board and AASHTO committees related to Asset Management, as well as the activities of the Michigan Asset Management Council.

Potential Benefits of the Project
A catalog and some description of course opportunities will allow the states and
municipalities the opportunity to pursue the best courses available to advance the state of knowledge in this area.

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: Project Start Date: 3/1/05, Final report by 9/30/05
  • Budget: $40,476.07
  • Student Involvement: 1 6 month Graduate student assistant
  • TRB Keywords: Training, Asset Management, Infrastructure, Maintenance Management, Performance Measures
  • Primary Subject: Transportation Asset Management
  • Modal Orientation: All, primarily highways
  • Project ID: 06-02