Description

Local roadway agencies are expected to provide a safe, comfortable traveling experience to the community. However, the resources available to meet expectations are limited, particularly for small and rural agencies.

Over the last decade, federal and state transportation agencies have adopted an approach for meeting similar challenges. This data-driven approach helps agencies get the most bang for their buck by picking projects and treatments that keep roads and streets in the best possible condition for as long as possible. The approach is called Transportation Asset Management (TAM).

While TAM is a great fit for federal and state transportation agencies, many local agencies are not ready to take on development of a TAM program. This training offers a simple overview of TAM’s components and illustrates how little changes can have a big impact on an agency.

Ultimately, the training outlines how agencies can:

  • Take initial steps towards implementing TAM,
  • Get more out of available funding, and
  • Better communicate with elected officials and residents.

The training also introduces processes and tools that support road and street management at other local agencies.

By the end of this training series, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the components of a TAM program.
  • Set a goal for improving the agency’s approach to road and street management.
  • Identify minor road and street management changes the agency can implement to support achievement of the goal.
  • Select a practical communication strategy the agency can use to tell its story to decision-makers and the community.

Who Should Attend

The training is appropriate for local agencies of any size, including small agencies with only a few paved roads to larger agencies with a more complex asset network.

Instructor

Katie Zimmerman has earned a national reputation for her work in the use of asset management programs for pavements, bridges, and ancillary assets to improve decisions in transportation agencies. Katie helps agencies determine their needs; better use asset data for planning, programming, budgeting, and investment decisions; and improve agency transparency and accountability. She works with agencies to address the data integration, business process, and capacity building support needed to develop asset management plans and to fully realize the benefits of asset management. She led the development of Transportation Asset Management Plans (TAMPs) for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Minnesota, Nevada, Illinois, and Ohio Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and serves as an instructor for three National Highway Institute transportation asset management courses.

Dates and Registration

This training is divided into a series of online modules that can be taken based on the participant’s interest and readiness to put TAM concepts into practice.This course is offered free of charge, but participants must still register to reserve a seat.

For questions, please email jbirkey@appliedpavement.com. Register using the links below.

Module 1: Introduction to TAM

August 11, 9–11:30 a.m. PT

The first module describes the principles and components of a TAM program. The module includes a discussion of the challenges local transportation agencies face and the solutions a TAM program provides, per component. Examples of local transportation agencies are included to highlight the real benefits derived from implementing TAM.

The material also introduces tools to communicate funding needs and the strategies an agency is using to care for its road and street network. Nevada DOT’s Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) is one example, which explains how TAM strategies are developed and how they are being applied. Other examples from local agencies illustrate how a TAMP can benefit a smaller agency.

References to TAM resources are included.

Module 2: Small Changes That Have a Large Impact

August 24, 9–11:30 a.m. PT

The second module discusses the impact of small roadway management changes on performance in just a few years. Using a simple road network as an example, the lesson demonstrates how to get the most bang for the buck from available funding. The material then introduces the types of data agencies have to drive decision-making and how it is used. The training includes simple and sophisticated data collection methods and analysis tools to emphasize that a TAM approach is customizable to the agency’s current business practices and resources.

Module 3: Getting the Most Life Out of Your Program

August 31, 9–11:30 a.m. PT

The third module explores additional steps that an agency can take to get the most of its TAM program. This lesson introduces the concept of risk and how to use risk to prioritize where the agency spends its money. It also explains how agencies can apply the principles discussed in the training to bridges, drainage systems, and other road and street assets. The training closes with a discussion about how competing priorities (such as safety, social equity, and mobility) can be considered in a TAM program.