Traffic Operations Asset Management Systems

Available Documents
Quarterly Report December 2007
Quarterly Report March 2008
Quarterly Report June 2008
Quarterly Report September 2008
Final Reports

Primary Investigator
Teresa Adams , Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 EH
Madison, WI 53706
adams[at]engr.wisc.edu

Project Objective

  • Develop a survey, assessment, and gap analysis of existing operations asset management systems in the United States.
  • Plan and conduct a national peer exchange and workshop to develop a framework for developing and evaluating alternative concepts and partners.
  • Analyze and further refine the topic area based on the information gathered and discussions at the peer exchange and workshop.
  • Select concepts for preferred business and IT models for TOAMS.
  • Formulate a proposal for a phase II effort to create and administer a multi-state pooled fund pilot of a new generation TOAMS.

Project Abstract
Asset management principles have been increasingly adopted by transportation agencies to identify various investment strategies and optimize the expenditure of public funds. A large percentage of transportation budgets are targeted toward the construction and maintenance of pavements and bridges. Based on this financial commitment, management systems for pavements and bridges have been developed and widely adopted throughout the United States and elsewhere.

To improve the safety and efficiency of transportation systems, public agencies are striving to enhance the operations components of their roadway networks. States have deployed emerging Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and other traffic operation technologies and now recognize the need for up-to-date asset management tools and strategies. Management systems for transportation operations, though, have not been developed or implemented as extensively as management systems for pavements and bridges.

The scope of the project includes an assessment of current asset management systems for operations infrastructure including ITS, traffic signalization, and associated network and information architecture. The research effort brings together transportation professionals to discuss and advance the state of the practice for traffic operations asset management. The project will culminate with a recommendation of concepts leading to development of a next generation Traffic Operations Asset Management System (TOAMS). The information will be used to formulate a phase 2 proposal to create and administer a multi-state pooled-fund pilot of next generation TOAMS.

Task Descriptions

  1. Conduct survey of existing state of the practice
  2. Identify potential case studies, agenda, and participants in a national workshop and peer exchange
  3. Prepare materials for and administer peer exchange and workshop event.
  4. Prepare proceedings and summary materials.
  5. Analyze and further refine the topic area based on the peer exchange.
  6. Select concepts for preferred business and IT models for TOAMS.
  7. Formulate a proposal for a phase II effort to create and administer a multi-state pooled fund pilot of a new generation to TOAMS.

Project Information

  • Duration, Dates: 12 months; project end 9/30/2008
  • Budget: $50,000
  • Student Involvement: One graduate and one undergraduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: 08-14