Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 426. Challenges and Opportunities: A Strategic Plan for Equipment Management Research

State highway agency equipment fleets represent a significant capital investment and also require recurring maintenance and operational expenditures. Fleet assets are vital to the delivery of agency programs, projects and services. Efficient management of these assets can yield significant savings as well as improved performance and reliability. Roadway maintenance equipment technology is continuously advancing such that it is nearly impossible for individual highway agency equipment management organizations to stay abreast of the latest technologies, evaluate them, and move forward with implementation to gain the advantages that they offer. There is a need to identify the challenges facing equipment fleet managers and the research needed to address these challenges. Thus, it is important to develop a roadmap of research needs that provides a prioritization of these research needs (e.g., practices, performance measures, advancing technology, utilization, replacement, and economic considerations) and a timeline for addressing them. The objective of this project is to develop a strategic plan for equipment management research that establishes the near, medium, and long-term research activities and identifies the timeline and milestones for these activities. For the purpose of this project, equipment management refers to all relevant activities (e.g., maintenance, operations, and technology) of all equipment types (i.e., includes vehicles). This objective will be accomplished through a special meeting of individuals familiar with equipment management to reach a consensus on the challenges facing equipment fleet managers and the research needed to address them.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $11000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task 426

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Hanna, Amir

  • Performing Organizations:

    Mercury Associates, Inc.

  • Principal Investigators:

    Lauria, Paul

  • Start Date: 20200501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220331
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220331

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01781359
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task 426
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2021 9:49PM