Geotechnical Asset Management

Geotechnical assets--things like rock and soil slopes, shore protection, embankments, retaining walls, material sites, bridge foundations, tieback anchors and more--literally touch or affect every other physical asset owned by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (Alaska DOT&PF). Because of this acute inter-connection, effective management of geotechnical assets is necessary to maintain the level of transportation safety and service required by Alaska DOT&PF clients, a.k.a. people who utilize the transportation system in Alaska. In fact, Alaska DOT&PF recently identified asset management as the second of six key initiatives the department will target in its new strategic plan. Supporting this initiative, new research led by Andrew Metzger at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks to develop a framework for addressing challenges related to geotechnical asset management (GAM) that can be implemented with other asset management systems. Overcoming the several salient challenges GAM brings is integral to any comprehensive asset management approach. For instance, difficulties with maintenance performance, unpredictable service life, and financial accounting complexities are among the proven obstacles to managing geotechnical assets within most infrastructure organizations, and in Alaska. Nonetheless, Metzger and his team expect the GAM project to produce a "road map" for transportation-related GAM in the state of Alaska. This draft program framework will include specific planning recommendations that address the most significant challenges for implementation of GAM across the broad range of geotechnical asset classes owned by ADOT&PF.


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  • Status: Terminated
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

    Research & Technology Transfer
    2301 Peger Road
    Fairbanks, AK  United States  99709-5399
  • Performing Organizations:

    Alaska University Transportation Center

    University of Alaska, Fairbanks
    P.O. Box 755900
    Fairbanks, AK  United States  99775-5900
  • Principal Investigators:

    Metzger, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20110801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20121231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33864

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01486762
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Alaska University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-001, 510012
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2013 1:00AM