AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures Strategic Plan, Operating Guidelines, and Research Roadmap Development

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Bridges and Structures (COBS) is responsible to develop and keep current all major engineering standards, specifications and principles pertaining to the methods and procedures of bridge and structural design, fabrication, erection, construction, inspection, and maintenance, including geometric standards and aesthetics as appropriate for bridges, tunnels and ancillary structures; make recommendations for testing and investigating existing and new materials of construction, and determine areas of needed study and research in the area of bridge engineering; and develop and maintain such standards and procedures as are appropriate for rating and evaluating existing in service structures (COBS Charter is available to download at https://bridges.transportation.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2020/05/Bridges-Structures-Charter-5-2018.pdf). The committee has been successful over the years in supporting the bridge community by maintaining and improving its strategic plan, and working closely with NCHRP to obtain research funding and implementing the research results. The current strategic plan was developed under the NCHRP Project 20-07 Task 335, “Updating the Strategic Plan for the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures” in 2014 and reorganized by AASHTO in 2018 (AASHTO COBS Strategic Plan is available to download at https://bridges.transportation.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2020/05/2018-Bridges-and-Structures-Strategic-Plan-Approved.pdf. Given the rate at which technology is advancing, how learning continues to change, and that bridge design and construction innovations constantly affect the industry, the COBS strategic plan needs to be re-evaluated and revised to meet the needs of today, and include a research roadmap that provides direction and prioritizes the committee’s research needs. Additionally for the committee members to successfully implement the strategic plan, operating guidelines shall be developed. The objectives of this research are to (1) refine and refocus the AASHTO COBS strategic plan reorganized in 2018; (2) develop operating guidelines including a new member onboarding checklist; and (3) develop a research roadmap for short- and long-term goals that can be used by COBS to focus its efforts to foster, support, monitor, disseminate, and implement research.  The strategic plan will build upon the existing plan and should be publication-ready (i.e., AASHTO template) with a purpose statement and a charter. At the minimum, the research shall include the following: (1) a review and strategic alignment of COBS structure and its 20 technical committees to refresh the COBS structure including the technical committees’ area of interest and activities; (2) engagement activities for the COBS’ technical committee stakeholders, practitioner community, and other AASHTO committees and councils to solicit their feedback and input; and (3) an implementation plan for the proposed strategic plan, operating guidelines, and research roadmap.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $120000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-123(10)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Dekelbab, Waseem

  • Performing Organizations:

    Clough, Harbor & Associates, LLP

    575 Broadway
    Suite 301
    Albany, NY  United States  12207
  • Start Date: 20210920
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220607
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01754936
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-123(10)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2020 3:09PM