An Asset Management Approach for Drainage Infrastructures & Culverts

Available Documents
Quarterly Report December 2005
Quarterly Report March 2006
Quarterly Report June 2006
Quarterly Report September 2006
Quarterly Report March 2007
Quarterly Report June 2007
Quarterly Report September 2007
Quarterly Report December 2007
Quarterly Report March 2008
Final Report

Primary Investigator
Najafi, Tayebi and Salem, Sam
Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education
205 Farrall Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Project Objective

  • Develop inventory and condition assessment protocols and business rules for culvert structures.
  • Validate and optimize above protocols and business rules on the basis of field pilot studies in Michigan and Ohio.

Project Abstract
Asset management procedures for drainage infrastructure systems are complex issues. The first and most important step in an asset management initiative is the establishment of asset inventory and asset conditions. As stressed by MDOT and ODOT, the focus of any drainage infrastructure systems should first focus on geospatial inventory and condition assessment in a format compatible with the routine procedures of field operators and inspectors. There is a need for developing field protocols and operational business rules for inventory data collection and management and inspection of drainage infrastructures in terms of type of data to be collected, frequency of inspection, and analysis and reporting mechanisms. Such protocols and business rules would be reviewed and then tested in small pilot studies for field efficiency verification. This proposal fits well with the strategic plan of MDOT and ODOT in terms of focus on asset management optimization. The results of this research will enable MDOT, ODOT and other Midwest DOT’s to launch optimized drainage structure asset management programs that would significantly reduce field problems.

Task Descriptions

  1. Task 1-Review of existing literature.
  2. Task 2-Review of various hydraulic, land-use changes and mechanical factors.
  3. Task 3-Review of existing inspection, data analysis and reporting methods.
  4. Task 4-Develop an inventory and inspection protocols and business rules.
  5. Task 5-Synthesize the research findings into a platform for a decis ion support system.
  6. Task 6-Project review
  7. Task 7-Perform pilot studies in Michigan and Ohio to validate the protocol
  8. Task 8-Collaborate with MDOT and ODOT engineers to write a section on inventory and inspection.
  9. Task 9-Write a final report documenting all research findings.
  10. Task 10-Write several papers and articles to disseminate research results specifically for use of other Midwest states.
  11. Task 11-Offer educational workshops for MDOT and ODOT personnel to present results of this important research. Submit final report.

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: 12 months, July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006; Extended to: December 31, 2007
  • Budget: $179,925, Matching Funds & %: $74,668 (41.5%), MDOT: $20,000, ODOT $20,000, MSU and UC: $34,668
  • Student Involvement: Several graduate students and undergraduate students will be working on this project under the supervision of principal investigators.
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: 06-08