Implementing NCHRP Report 806: Guide to Cross-Asset Resource Allocation and the Impact on Transportation System Performance

As transportation agencies implement performance-based asset management programs, they increasingly seek out the best allocation of resources to achieve multiple strategic objectives and to assess quantitatively the consequences of program-level investment fluctuations. Identifying the best allocation of resources involves optimizing investments in asset portfolios to achieve multiple objectives, while simultaneously satisfying the performance and cost constraints associated with individual programs and the entire portfolio of assets. Transportation agencies have implemented a variety of management systems, such as pavement, bridge, and safety management systems, to analyze needs, recommend work, and predict future performance for a given asset or investment type. National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 806: Guide to Cross-Asset Resource Allocation and the Impact on Transportation System Performance provides guidance on how to approach resource allocation among a set of diverse candidate projects from an agency’s management systems or other sources. Included with NCHRP Report 806 is a cross-asset allocation tool that was developed to implement the objective-weighting and mathematical optimization procedure for considering alternative allocations of resources across organizational units. Additional research is needed to demonstrate the feasibility of implementing the NCHRP Report 806 prototype cross-asset resource allocation tool. Specifically, research is needed on the practicality of integrating management system outputs and non-modeled performance goals into a fully functioning deployment of the prototype cross-asset resource allocation tool. The objective of this research is to demonstrate the implementation of the prototype cross-asset resource allocation tool developed in NCHRP Report 806: Guide to Cross-Asset Resource Allocation and the Impact on Transportation System Performance. The research should address a broad range of activities related to cross asset resource allocation and its use such as, but not limited to the following: (1) Evaluation criteria for measuring the value of implementing the prototype cross-asset resource allocation tool, considering, among other things, both the benefits gained (does the prototype yield better decisions/project choices?) and management resources applied; (2) A minimum of 2 case studies (e.g., departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), district/division, corridor) to test the prototype cross-asset resource allocation tool on a minimum of 3 asset or investment types (e.g., pavements, bridges, culverts, ITS, safety, freight mobility); (3) A self-assessment method for transportation agencies considering the adoption of the prototype cross-asset resource allocation tool; (4) Lessons learned in each case study (e.g., implementation challenges, measures to address them, best practices, sensitivity of the outputs to input variations, and suggested improvements to the prototype cross-asset resource allocation tool); and (5) Sources for the data required for the prototype cross-asset resource allocation tool.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $398300
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-103

  • 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:

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    Spy Pond Partners, LLC

    Arlington, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Robert, William

  • Start Date: 20160601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40195

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572355
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-103
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2015 1:00AM