The effort to initiate a coordinated approach to transportation asset management (TAM) planning as practiced by a broad range of affected agencies grew out of an action in 2014 on the part of the Subcommittee on Asset Management (then a joint subcommittee of the Standing Committee on Planning and Highways) when it established the Transportation Asset Management Research Roadmap (https://www.tam-portal.com/roadmap/ ). The purpose of the roadmap is to guide future transportation asset management research efforts, responding to identified priorities, gaps, and possible overlap with other related ongoing or proposed efforts by the transportation industry. The roadmap is an integral part of the AASHTO TAM Portal website and is connected to a database of recent TAM resources, providing an entry point for practitioners to access information on current, recent, and potential future TAM research. A strategic plan was developed in 2017 to support the AASHTO Committee of Performance Based Management with an action plan developed for implementation in 2018.
Building on these earlier steps, the AASHTO CPBM submitted this proposed research to update the TAM Research Roadmap to address the emerging research needs of practitioners and provide a framework for tracking execution and application of future research efforts.
There were two objectives for this research project: (1) to develop a comprehensive strategic approach and action plan to coordinate ongoing asset management activities of AASHTO, TRB, FHWA, and FTA; and (2) to develop a long-term research strategy to coordinate and advance the state of practice in multi-modal transportation asset management. The product of this research is an updated asset management research roadmap that will help guide future research and development activities to be undertaken by the transportation industry in a coordinated fashion.
Final deliverables include:
1. A final report that documents the entire research effort, including examples, assumptions, and description of results of the workshops and other information gathering activities, as well as an implementation plan for taking the product of this effort to practitioners. https://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP20-123-01FinalReport.pdf
2. A TAM Research Management System Introductory Guide that introduces and facilitates use of the research roadmap on the TAM Portal site; https://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP20-123-20TAMResearchManagementSystemIntroductoryGuide.pdf
3. An executive-level brochure/infographic highlighting findings of the research or some other innovative approach to facilitate dissemination to a broad audience, particularly state DOTs and transit agencies. https://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP20-123-20TAMStrategicPlanFlyer.pptx