Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 54-22. Practices for Capturing and Integrating Cost Data in Maintenance Systems

State departments of transportation (DOTs) face considerable challenges in implementing, enhancing, or replacing their existing maintenance management systems (MMSs). These processes are not only expensive and time-consuming but also involve considerable risk, because these systems have usually been in place for many years. One of the fundamental objectives of an MMS is to capture maintenance costs at an appropriate level for analysis. Factors such as where labor, equipment, and materials usage costs are captured can make a big difference in the level of detail, accuracy, and time liness of the cost information collected. The objective of this synthesis is to document current DOT practice for capturing maintenance costs in an MMS. The synthesis looks at the level of detail captured, the quality of the data, the level of integration with other agency systems, and the operational and business value of the data. Information for this study was gathered through a literature review, a survey of state DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected DOTs. Case examples from four state DOTs provide additional information on capturing cost data in MMSs. Omidreza Shoghli and Sepehr Sabeti, Works Consulting LLC, and Charles Pilson, Mott MacDonald, collected and synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 54-22

  • 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:

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    Mott Macdonald

    Croydon,   United Kingdom 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pilson, Charles

  • Start Date: 20221018
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20240000

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01845333
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 54-22
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 16 2022 6:55PM