The Transportation Asset Management, Research and Technology Transfer Section functions as a resource to help DOT&PF implement a strategic and systematic approach to efficiently extending the life of our infrastructure assets in compliance with Federal Laws Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). Both bills require performance based planning and asset management.
Asset management is a strategic business model that preserves transportation assets in a state of good repair condition at the lowest lifecycle cost. It requires inventorying assets and condition to make informed data-driven decisions that can be measured against performance standards.
Many transportation agencies have successfully adopted this practice to more cost-effectively preserve their existing assets.
The Research chief leads the TAM coordination and implementation activities. The Commissioner is our Department’s TAM Executive leader. A TAM Steering Committee consists of the Deputy Commissioner, Regional Directors and Division Directors has been established as well as TAM Teams.
The TAM Teams will continue to assist other sections of DOT&PF collaborating and incorporating this business and engineering model into the day-to-day decisions to maximize the lifecycle of our infrastructure. The Department submitted their first Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) to the Alaska Division Office of Federal Highways Administration on April 13, 2018. FHWA certified the TAMP on Oct. 11 and asked DOT&PF to develop a Financial Plan Methodology and a process to consider Performance Gap other than Conditions on the NHS. A fully compliant TAMP was submitted to the Alaska Division Office of Federal Highways Administration on June 28, 2019.
The TAM Teams will continue to assist other sections of DOT&PF collaborating and incorporating this business and engineering model into the day-to-day decisions to maximize the lifecycle of our airports, roads, bridges, and other assets.
This report provides a comprehensive gap analysis of the DOT&PF's current asset management practices. It also includes a specific work plan with planning-level estimates of cost, resource and time requirements, and suggested priorities to focus on to achieve TAM maturity in 2013-2014. The report was prepared by Paul D. Thompson for the Department.