An Asset Management Approach for Drainage Infrastructures & Culverts

Asset management procedures for drainage infrastructure systems are complex issues. The first and most important step in an asset management initiative is the establishment of asset inventory and asset conditions. As stressed by MDOT and ODOT, the focus of any drainage infrastructure systems should first focus on geospatial inventory and condition assessment in a format compatible with the routine procedures of field operators and inspectors. There is a need for developing field protocols and operational business rules for inventory data collection and management and inspection of drainage infrastructures in terms of type of data to be collected, frequency of inspection, and analysis and reporting mechanisms. Such protocols and business rules would be reviewed and then tested in small pilot studies for field efficiency verification. This proposal fits well with the strategic plan of MDOT and ODOT in terms of focus on asset management optimization. The results of this research will enable MDOT, ODOT and other Midwest DOT's to launch optimized drainage structure asset management programs that would significantly reduce field problems. The objectives of this project are to: (1) develop inventory and condition assessment protocols and business rules for culvert structures; and (2) validate and optimize above protocols and business rules on the basis of field pilot studies in Michigan and Ohio.


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    • Status: Completed
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Midwest Regional University Transportation Center

      University of Wisconsin
      2205 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive, Room 272
      Madison, WI  USA  53706
    • Performing Organizations:

      Michigan State University, East Lansing

      Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
      Institute for Community Development
      East Lansing, MI  USA  48824-1226
    • Principal Investigators:

      Najafi, Tayebi

      Salem, Sam

    • Start Date: 20050701
    • Actual Completion Date: 20060630
    • Source Data: RiP Project 13283

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460428
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Midwest Regional University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 06-08
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:24PM