The National Academies

NCHRP 08-137 [Pending]

Updates to the Digital Edition of the AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Guide

  Project Data
Funds: $450,000
Contract Time: 22 Months
Staff Responsibility: Trey Joseph Wadsworth

Transportation asset management (TAM) is an area of great importance to state departments of transportation (DOTs) throughout the United States. As defined in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), TAM is a “strategic and systematic process of operating, maintaining, and improving physical assets… that will achieve and sustain a desired state of good repair over the life cycle of the assets at minimum practicable cost.” Because of the federal requirements in MAP-21 and subsequent legislation, the interest in TAM has intensified as state DOTs must meet the federal requirements and implement TAM within their agencies as a good business practice.
Numerous NCHRP research reports provide guidance and tools to state DOTs to aid them in implementing TAM in their agencies. Some NCHRP research has been published by AASHTO, including the AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Guide: A Focus on Implementation, 2nd Edition (the Guide). The Guide is available through the AASHTO Bookstore at https://store.transportation.org/Item/CollectionDetail?ID=217) and a digital version available on the AASHTO TAM Portal at https://www.tam-portal.com. Practitioners have suggested that the Guide would be more helpful and more easily implemented if it contained more up-to-date information gained through new research with content updates to the digital guide only, such as new/updated case studies, user checklists, how-to guides, etc.
The objective of this research is to develop new and updated digital content for the online version of the AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Guide: A Focus on Implementation, 2nd Edition (found at https://www.tamguide.com). Updates and new content shall:
  1. Reflect relevant, new research results;
  2. Reflect lessons learned from asset management practices used by other transportation modes;
  3. Describe asset management tools used by state DOTs;
  4. Identify gaps in practice that additional tools may address;
  5. Address pressing issues facing asset management practitioners and decision-makers, including but not limited to equity, climate change, risk and resiliency, making multi-objective decisions, implementation challenges, coordination with regional and local agencies, and emerging technologies;
  6. Add additional practice examples, e.g., how-to guides, checklists, work-flows, standard operating procedure examples, templates, or videos; and
  7. Provide enhancements to the Transportation Asset Management Gap Analysis Tool (found at https://www.tpm-portal.com/tool/tam-gap-analysis-tool-nchrp-08-90/) as well as new or other enhanced asset management tools.
Note: New content shall conform to the existing structure of the online guide (see Section 1.2.3 found at https://www.tamguide.com/subsection/1-2-3-ways-to-use-this-guide/).
Accomplishment of the project objective(s) will require at least the following tasks.
Task descriptions are intended to provide a framework for conducting the research. The NCHRP is seeking the insights of proposers on how best to achieve the research objective. Proposers are expected to describe research plans that can realistically be accomplished within the constraints of available funds and contract time. Proposals must present the proposers' current thinking in sufficient detail to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and the soundness of their approach to meeting the research objective.
The research will be conducted in two phases. The work proposed must be divided into tasks and proposers must describe the work proposed in each task in detail for both phases. The Phase I research plan should address research objectives 1-4 and should represent no more than one third of the project schedule. It may include but not be limited to the following activities:
  • A literature search;
  • A workshop convening asset management practitioners and decision-makers to provide input and feedback; and
  • A survey of relevant public agencies and private sector organizations.
Proposers are encouraged to suggest additional deliverables to support the first phase. The first phase will conclude with the delivery of an Interim Report that will summarize the findings of Phase I and present a detailed work plan for Phase II. NCHRP approval is required before work on Phase II commences.
Phase II should address research objectives 5-7. Vehicles to deliver this content may include, for example, practice examples, how-to guides, checklists, work-flows, standard operating procedure examples, templates, or videos to assist transportation agencies in achieving successful asset management practices.
All digital content must be delivered in a format specified by AASHTO. Where appropriate, NCHRP may provide approved deliverables to AASHTO for posting during the course of the research. Final deliverables will include a report that summarizes the research approach and findings in-brief, a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the research, and an implementation plan to disseminate the results of the research. 
STATUS: Proposals have been received in response to the RFP. The project panel will meet to select a contractor to perform the work.

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