Asset Management Subcommittee
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Subcommittee Members in Attendance:
Kirk Steudle, Michigan DOT, Chair
Neil Pedersen, Maryland SHA, Vice-Chair
Butch Wlaschin, FHWA, Secretary
Michael Bridges, LADOTD
Bruce Johnson, Oregon DOT (for Cathy Nelson, Oregon DOT)
Tim Rose, Utah DOT (for Ahmad Jaber, Utah DOT )
David Blake, Florida‟s Turnpike Enterprise
Patricia Bugas-Schramm, PBS Consulting
Christopher Chang, FHWA Tashia Clemons, FHWA
Wenling Chen, Virginia DOT Nathaniel Coley, FHWA
Jesse Day, Exor Corp. Richard Dunne, NJ DOT
Jim Edgerton, Agile Assets, Inc. Stephen Gaj, FHWA
King Gee, FHWA Aaron Gerber, Kercher Engineering
Les Hawker, Transport for London, UK Martin Kidner, WY DOT
Sue McNeil, University of Delaware Vicki Miller, FHWA
Thomas Palmerlee, TRB Shyan Yung Pan, FHWA
Charles Pilson, Agile Assets, Inc. Gordon Proctor, Gordon Proctor & Assoc.
Travis Ritter, Exor Corp. Howard Rosen, Univ. of Wisc. – Madison
Jeff Smith, Maryland SHA Shobna Varma, Starlsis Corp.
Ernie Wittwer, Wittwer Consulting
The Asset Management Subcommittee of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning
met on January 13, 2009. Attached is a copy of the meeting agenda as well as a list of
Subcommittee members. Included below is a summary of the discussion that took place:
Kirk Steudle welcomed the Subcommittee and guests.
Butch Wlaschin reviewed the action items from the October 2008 meeting that
was held in Hartford, CT.
Kirk Steudle spoke about the membership to this Subcommittee. There are a
number of vacancies, AASHTO is encouraged to fill these slots.
Kirk Steudle indicated that the new AASHTO Standing Committee on
Performance Management will have their first meeting on February 21. The
membership of this new Standing Committee includes more that 30 Agency
CEOs. Discussion will include performance measurement and work that has
already been done in this area. Realizing that Asset Management and
performance measures are important aspects of Performance Management, it is
expected that there will be some discussion regarding the activities of this
Subcommittee when the new Standing Committee meets.
The Subcommittee reviewed and discussed accomplishments and priorities related
to the Strategic Plan. Included below is a summary of action on the selected
Strategic Plan priority focus areas:
Goal 1: Evaluate and promote innovative technology & management systems.
- AASHTO is planning to move ahead into Phase 2 of
AASHTOWare AssetManager NT; however, they need more
States to sign on.
Goal 2: Communicate and share information with member States.
- FHWA held five Regional Asset Management Conferences in
2008. The objective of the conferences included introducing
participants to the fundamentals of Asset Management, show/
discuss available tools, and for State DOTs to share information on
their Asset Management practices. Conferences were held in:
Boston, MA, Rapid City, SD, Las Vegas, NV, Albuquerque, NM,
and Memphis, TN. FHWA received positive feedback from
- FHWA has developed a brochure: Earth Retaining Structures
(ERS) and Asset Management. The current number of ERS used
for transportation applications represents a significant asset
investment. Knowledge of actual design life for these structures is
minimal. The brochure has been distributed to State DOTs as well
as posted on the FHWA Office of Asset Management website.
Also, NCHRP is undertaking a study related to this topic.
- The next International Conference on Managing Pavements is
planned to be held in Santiago, Chile in 2011.
- Plans are moving ahead with regard to the 2009 National Asset
Management Conference. It is scheduled for October 19 – 21 to be
held in Portland, Oregon. The Conference will have tracts focused
on Asset Management and highway safety, pavement management,
and data and information management.
Goal 3: Assist member States in assessing and implementing Asset Management
- The Subcommittee hosted a webinar in December 2008, Inventory
& Asset Management beyond Pavements and Bridges. This
webinar addressed activities pertaining to management of many
highway assets with greater detail presented on culvert inventory
and management. The webinar included an overview of the
AASHTO Peer Exchange Workshop pertaining to “Inventory and
Asset Management of other Asset Classes” that was held July
2008. Mohammad Najafi & Diego Calderon, from the Center for
Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, (CUIRE),
presented on Culvert Condition Assessments and Rehabilitation
Strategies. Paul Wirfs, Oregon DOT provided a summary of
- The webinar program has been very successful. It was
recommended that FHWA explore providing notice of upcoming
webinars in the TRB electronic newsletter, Sue McNeil is to
follow-up. Also, FHWA needs to confirm that they have
additional capacity for an anticipated greater number of
- Kirk Steudle asked for volunteers to possibly host a Subcommittee
Summer Meeting. Volunteers are asked to contact Kirk.
Subcommittee members will be notified once the Subcommittee is
Goal 4: Develop and document an understanding of asset management, how it is
being used and how it can be used in the future by member States.
- Michael Bridges provided an update for the NCHRP Asset
Management Guide – Volume 2 study. The NCHRP panel will be
discussing the draft document submitted, and a conference call is
planned with the contractor to ensure the focus and product is on
target. The contractor is to possibly conduct a workshop on the
new Guide at the National Asset Management Conference in
October or/and at the 2010 TRB Annual Meeting.
Goal 5: Develop partnerships with public and private entities having an interest in
and commitment to asset management.
- FHWA is working with EPA to develop case studies pertaining to
asset management practices in local governments. The focus area
includes management of highway as well as water/waste water
assets. The case studies will focus on Portland, Oregon;
Henderson, Nevada; Hamilton, Ontario; and Calgary, Alberta,
Canada. They will be posted on the TAM Today website in the
Sue McNeil indicated that plans are moving ahead for the 8th National Conference
on Transportation Asset Management to be held October 19 – 21, in Portland,
Oregon. The Conference will include tracks focused on safety, pavement
management, and data and information infrastructure. Abstracts should be
submitted by March 3. It was recommended that the Conference also address
topics related to management of bridges.
Jeff Smith led the discussion with respect to Asset Management research. Project
panels for the NCHRP project pertaining to Earth Retaining Structures as well as
for Asset Management of Environmental Mitigation Features have been formed
and the research is underway.
Jeff Smith will contact Sue McNeil regarding development of the proposed
NCHRP problem statement on risk. It was proposed that the Subcommittee
allocate time to discuss research needs at their summer meeting.
Kirk will work with his staff to develop a problem statement for a possible
NCHRP 20-7 study, Asset Management for ITS transportation systems. This is
an emerging issue and the Subcommittee‟s number one priority research topic for
Jeff Smith will take the lead in resubmitting a problem statement for a possible
NCHRP study, Asset Management of overhead sign structures. Problem
Statement was submitted as a NCHRP 20-5 candidate in Spring 2008, but was not
selected for funding. This problem statement has been re-submitted for funding
consideration under NCHRP 20-5.
Michael Bridges indicated that he participated in the PIARC (World Road
Association) meeting of the Technical Committee on Management of Road
Infrastructure Assets in Munich, Germany in October 2008. The Technical
Committee‟s three work groups focused on development of their work plans. The
workgroups are focused on the following three topics: Benchmarking of Asset
Management Methods; Data Collection for Road Infrastructure Management; and
Allocation of Resources across Asset Classes. Each of these workgroups will be
developing a report/study addressing the respective topic that will include
summaries of practices in a number of countries from around the world, input will
be requested concerning U.S. Asset Management practices in the areas
highlighted. It was recommended, as requests for U.S. input are received that
FHWA coordinate input from the States that were visited in the 2006 Domestic
Asset Management Scanning Review (Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio,
Oregon, and Utah.).
The PIARC Technical Committee on Management of Road Infrastructure Assets
will meet in Portland, Oregon, October 22 and 23. The goal is that the
participants from around the world will also be able to participate in the 8th
National Conference on Transportation Asset Management that will be held
October 19 -21.
As discussed at the Subcommittee‟s 2008 Summer Meeting, a Peer Exchange
pertaining to Climate Change and Management of Transportation Assets was held
December 11, in Washington, D.C. Eleven States, AASHTO and FHWA
participated in the Peer Exchange. The degree of DOT activity related to climate
change in the participating States varied, with Alaska and California appearing to
be the most active, likely because they are already experiencing the impacts.
The AASHTO SCOP‟s Capacity Building Task Force supports four or five
activities a year. In recent years, at least one activity has focused on Asset
Management. A Peer Exchange will be undertaken in 2009 pertaining to Asset
Management and Performance Measurement. It is anticipated that it will be held
in conjunction with the upcoming Subcommittee‟s summer meeting. Not all
States have the same performance measures and when they do, they may not be
collecting and measuring it similarly. The intent is to look at more than IRI for
pavements. A goal is to include a number of States that have not participated in
previous Asset Management related Peer Exchanges.
The date and location of the Subcommittee‟s 2009 Summer Meeting was
discussed. The agenda of the summer meeting is to include proposed research. It
was suggested that it may be possible for the Subcommittee to hold a joint
meeting with the Standing Committee on Planning. The Subcommittee will be
notified once a date and location for the next meeting are determined.
Topics selected for future FHWA/AASHTO Subcommittee on Asset Management
webinars include: Adaptation to Climate Change (including Risk), follow-up of
the December Peer Exchange and to be undertaken in coordination with FHWA‟s
Office of Planning & Environment) to be held April 23; Asset Management and
Highway Safety tentatively scheduled for June; Asset Management and Data
Collection (including state-of-the-practice of video based data collection)
tentatively scheduled for September; and Applications of Asset Management as
DOTs have less funding tentatively scheduled for December.
The FHWA study, “A Strategic Blueprint to Create Communities of Best Asset
Management Practice in the United States” has been completed. This study was
undertaken as recommended by the International Scanning Review on Asset
Management to explore establishment of a National Asset Management Steering
Group (NAMS). (An overview of this study was presented at the TRB Asset
Management Committee Meeting at the TRB Annual Meeting. Also, a meeting
took place at the TRB Annual Meeting which included interest from others,
including ASCE, with regard to formation of a National Asset Management
Follow-up on filling vacant positions on the Subcommittee.
Move ahead with co-sponsored Asset Management webinars to be held in 2009.
Submit NCHRP proposals in priority order including the addition of funds as
discussed. (Jeff Smith and Kirk Steudle)