Advancing Innovative High-Speed Remote-Sensing Highway Infrastructure Assessment Using Emerging Technologies

Asset management is a strategic approach to the optimal allocation of resources for the management, operation, maintenance, and preservation of transportation infrastructure. Asset management combines engineering and economic principles with sound business practices to support decision making at the strategic, network, and project levels. One of the key aspects of the development of asset management is data collection. The way in which transportation agencies collect, store, and analyze data has evolved along with advances in technology, such as mobile computing (e.g., laptops, tablets), sensing (e.g., laser and digital cameras), and spatial technologies (e.g., global positioning systems [GPS], geographic information systems [GIS], and spatially enabled database management systems). These technologies have enhanced the data collection and integration procedures necessary to support the comprehensive analyses and evaluation processes needed for asset management. Data collection is costly. In determining what data to collect, agencies must weigh these costs against the potential benefits from better data. Traditional pavement and bridge management approaches are data intensive, requiring extensive data collection activities of most or all pavement and bridge assets on an annual or biannual basis. These efforts can be justified given the cost of agencies' pavement and bridge programs. However, depending on the level of technology needed and the associated costs, it may be difficult to justify similarly extensive data collection efforts for safety and operation assets. While many of the technology innovations and improved data collection processes have been in the bridges and pavements area, there are emerging technologies in the safety and operations infrastructure areas that have yet to be applied to the transportation space. These technologies are driving the costs and inefficiencies to the point that makes good sense in terms of the trade offs between fiscal responsibilities and advantages of having the data. Therefore, while this research covers all highway infrastructure areas, it includes an emphasis on technologies to assess safety and operations infrastructure. Ultimately, through the three-phased approach, the research shall bundle the best technologies that maximize sensors and computing power in an effort to achieve the vision of one day having an all-in-one data collection system for infrastructure assessment. Initially, the focus will be on highways but it could be expanded to include other modes of transportation such as rail, air, and even maritime.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $3,088,930
  • Contract Numbers:

    0-6869

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Glancy, Chris

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Carson, Paul

  • Start Date: 20150310
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39893

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567087
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6869
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2015 1:01AM