Optimizing Maintenance Equipment Tracking

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) districts and counties work together to provide the traveling public with a safe and reliable transportation system. An important responsibility of ODOT eighty-eight counties is the maintenance of roads. Different types of equipment are used by ODOT counties for the road maintenance. Some of these equipment are expensive and are typically purchased in limited quantities by ODOT districts. Therefore, these maintenance equipment are shared between counties within a district and in some cases they are shared across the district lines. However, in order to share an equipment, the county owning this equipment should know the location of that equipment when it is needed. As the maintenance equipment are frequently used and moved between sites; therefore, the equipment owner might not know the exact location of these equipment at a given time. Therefore, when these equipment are needed by another county or district, the equipment owner will have to call around to locate the equipment. This results in considerable loss of time, which causes significant delays in the work to be performed. In addition, in certain times the requesting county will have to rent the needed equipment to avoid these delays, which results in additional cost to ODOT that can be saved if the equipment are quickly located. Over the past two decades equipment tracking systems have be developed and used by contractors as well as governmental agencies. The overall goal of this project is to provide ODOT with a cost-effective method to track the real-time location of maintenance equipment. The tracking system should be developed for all maintenance equipment, easily implementable statewide and has the ability to allow multiple users with different administrative authority to locate maintenance equipment at any time. This project will also evaluate the developed system reliability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness . The main objectives are: (Task 1) Identify Nationwide Best Practices for Maintenance Equipment Tracking; (Task 2) Evaluate ODOT Current Practices for Maintenance Equipment Tracking; (Task 3) Review and Evaluate Equipment Tracking Technologies/Systems; (Task 4) Develop a Matrix of Practices Used Within ODOT As Well As in Other States, Government Agencies or Private Sector Contractors; and (Task 5) Prepare Interim Report and Present Results.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $551962
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Cincinnati

    Civil Engineering Department, P.O. Box 210071, 741 Baldwin Hall
    Cincinnati, OH  United States  45221-0071
  • Principal Investigators:

    Nazzal, Munir

  • Start Date: 20191112
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230112
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01721974
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 34282, 109460, 135969
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 5 2019 2:06PM