Cost-effective management of transportation networks is a critical challenge facing transportation agencies. Asset management demands more than budgeting for maintenance and repairs to bridges and roads. It requires the alignment of policies, strategies, funding, and analysis to ensure the smooth and cost-effective movement of passengers and goods.
Cambridge Systematics is recognized nationally for our leadership in transportation asset management. In 2002, we helped to establish the national agenda in this area by writing the original AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Guide. This guide was the first to establish a common vision for asset management in the United States. It defines the principles of asset management, describes the state of the art, and provides a self-assessment exercise. Over 10 years later, this self-assessment exercise continues to be used by state departments of transportation (DOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as a critical first step in the asset management implementation process.
Since 2002, we have continued to play a leading role in asset management by conducting national research. We also have worked with a number of DOTs to develop customized approaches. Through this work, we have gained an appreciation for the technical and organizational challenges of asset management, and have compiled an extensive tool kit of best practices and solutions for overcoming these hurdles. We also have become adept at using existing data and tools to make immediate advances, while simultaneously establishing a roadmap for future enhancements.
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