Research Support for the AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM)

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has established a special committee to help state departments of transportation (DOTs) prepare (1) risk management plans for assets under their control or influence; (2) deterrence/surveillance/protection plans; and (3) emergency response plans, including capabilities for handling traffic for major incidents on and off the transportation system. Since 2007, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project Panel 20-59 and what is now the AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) have co-sponsored the Transportation Hazards and Security Summit. More than 30 state DOTs sent delegates to participate in the August 2012 Summit and Peer Exchange. During the meeting, AASHTO reported that more than two-thirds of the state DOTs had voted to adopt for use two NCHRP reports: NCHRP Report 525, Vol. 14: Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies and NCHRP Report 525, Vol. 16: A Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State Transportation Agencies. Adoption of these reports has set a new baseline for activity for SCOTSEM. Bringing together researchers and the intended users of that research for information exchange on a reliable basis at the annual Transportation Hazards and Security Summit and Peer Exchange--has proven to be an efficient mechanism for technology transfer, data collection, research needs gathering, and research dissemination through presentations, workshops, and other activities. Rather than have multiple research organizations make multiple trips on an uncoordinated schedule or subject agencies to multiple surveys, this annual event provides opportunities for professional development, information exchange, and comprehensive representation of the AASHTO member states to inform research commissioned for use by AASHTO and member states, collectively and individually. Research is needed to update and replace three reports for the AASHTO SCOTSEM: (1) the National Needs Assessment for Ensuring Transportation Infrastructure Security (previous versions completed in 2002 and 2007); (2) the All Hazards Security and Emergency Management Research Implementation Plan (to replace the 2011 research implementation plan summary); and (3) Fundamentals of Effective All Hazards Security Management for State DOTs (to replace the 2007 version). The objective of this research is to produce three products to be considered for use by the AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM): (1) the National Needs Assessment for Ensuring Transportation Infrastructure Security (2016-2022); (2) the All Hazards Security and Emergency Management Research Implementation Plan (2014-2016); and (3) Fundamentals of Effective All Hazards Security Management for State DOTs (Second Edition). The products are to be developed through a coordinated research effort integrated into the regular calendar of AASHTO SCOTSEM activities, centered on the Transportation Hazards and Security Summit and Peer Exchanges scheduled for August 2013 and summer 2014.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The Fundamentals report was sucessfully balloted for AASHTO publication by the Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management. The AASHTO version was published in September 2015 under the title Fundamental Capabilities of Effective All-Hazards Infrastructure Protection, Resilience, and Emergency Management for State Departments of Transportation.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $245000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59(14)B

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Countermeasures Assessment & Security Experts, LLC

    527 Cooper Street, Suite 305
    Camden, NJ  United States  08102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Western, Jeffrey

    Ekern, David

  • Start Date: 20130815
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150814
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37756

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543713
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59(14)B
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 20 2014 1:04AM