Transportation Infrastructure Readiness for Post-Pandemic Supply Chain Transformation for greater Resilience

Society depends on regional, national and global supply chains to provide physical goods and services to meet its daily needs. Transportation infrastructure systems are the backbone of the supply chains, supporting the movement of raw materials, goods and services between manufacturers, their sources, distributors, and service providers with consumers. Transportation modes and vehicles may even be tailored to meet these needs, and they may need to be reconfigured to address changing production plans and markets. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the markets, as well as regional, national and international policies related to goods production and movements. As supply chains fail to fully serve our nation, and the Mid-Atlantic Region’s consumers, including health care providers, there are new realizations of the risks we have taken with existing streamlined, just-in-time production approaches that exploit centralized manufacturing concepts implemented overseas for the sake of obtaining low-cost solutions and products. Supply chain resilience is needed. Such resilience requires, at least in some part, self-reliance, as well as redundancies. This project investigates the readiness of the region’s transportation infrastructures systems, including maritime, air, road, rail and intermodal terminals, to support a potential transformation to manufacture more of our food, medical and other important supplies in America.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $GMU Federal Share $86,000, GMU Match $86,000
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)

      Pennsylvania State University
      University Park, PA  United States  16802
    • Project Managers:

      Donnell, Eric

    • Performing Organizations:

      George Mason University

      School of Engineering
      CEIE Dept., MSN-6C1
      Faifax, VA  United States  22030
    • Principal Investigators:

      Miller-Hooks, Elise

    • Start Date: 20200601
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220601
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01741743
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jun 2 2020 10:06AM