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Applying Transportation Asset Management to Intelligent Transportation Systems Assets: A Primer

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations
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Washington, DC 20590


January 2022

Table of Contents

[ Notice and Quality Assurance Statement ] | [ Technical Report Documentation ] | [ SI Modern Metric Conversion Factors ]| [ List of Acronyms ]

Chapter 1. Introduction


Primer Structure

Chapter 2. Background

Transportation Asset Management

Transportation Systems Management and Operations

Transportation Performance Management

The TSMO, Transportation Asset Management, and Transportation Performance Management Relationship

Emerging Themes in Intelligent Transportation Systems Asset Management

Chapter 3. Asset Identification

Asset Definition

Asset Attributes and Hierarchy

Asset Inventory Management

Key Actions

Chapter 4. Management Systems for Assets

System Functionality

Location-Specific Functionality

System Interfaces and Integrations

System Implementation and Adoption

Key Actions

Chapter 5. Performance Measures and Targets

Asset Reliability/Condition

Asset Maintainability/Serviceability

Reporting Framework for Performance Measures

Key Actions

Chapter 6. Maximizing Performance—Lifecycle Planning

Maintenance Management Approaches

Reliability-Centered Maintenance

Lifecycle Planning

Key Actions

Chapter 7. Resource Allocation—Financial Plan, Investment Strategies, Performance Gap Analysis

Informing Resource Allocation

Asset Valuation

Communicating an Investment Strategy

Key Actions

Chapter 8. Summary

Asset Identification

Management Systems for Assets

Performance Measures and Targets

Maximizing Performance—Lifecycle Planning

Resource Allocation—Financial Plan, Investment Strategies, Performance Gap Analysis


List of Figures

Figure 1. Diagram. Integration of Performance Management and Transportation Asset Management.

Figure 2. Diagram. Asset inventory definitions framework.

Figure 3. Rendering. Sample intelligent transportation systems device level of detail (road weather information system).

Figure 4. Pie charts. Current intelligent transportation systems asset conditions for Nevada Department of Transportation.

Figure 5. Graph. Asset deterioration curves.

Figure 6. Graph. Condition-based maintenance management.

Figure 7. Graph. Interval-based maintenance management.

Figure 8. Graph. Virginia Department of Transportation condition of ancillary structures.

Figure 9. Graph. Reactive maintenance management.

Figure 10. Flowchart. Maintenance Approach Decision Tree.

Figure 11. Diagram. Caltrans physical asset model for lifecycle assessment.

Figure 12. Graph. Nevada Department of Transportation intelligent transportation system asset lifecycle analysis comparison.

Figure 13. Diagram. Resources allocation decisionmaking process.

Figure 14. Pie chart. Colorado Department of Transportation asset management recommended budget fiscal year 2024.

Figure 15. Diagram. Colorado Department of Transportation intelligent transportation systems asset valuation 2016.

List of Tables

Table 1. Alignment of themes to transportation asset management plan elements.

Table 2. Common intelligent transportation systems assets and attributes.

Table 3. Potential functionality of a management system intelligent transportations system assets.

Table 4. Intelligent transportation system and traffic signals performance measures for Utah Department of Transportation.

Table 5. Intelligent transportation systems condition categories for Nevada Department of Transportation.

Table 6. Seattle Department of Transportation asset measures and results.

Table 7. Highways England maintainability metrics (selected items).

Table 8. Maintenance management approaches for intelligent transportations system assets.

Table 9. Predicting performance of intelligent transportation systems assets (communication devices).

Table 10. Austroads reliability-centered maintenance process.

Table 11. Nevada Department of Transportation maintenance activity impact matrix.

Table 12. Caltrans asset gap analysis outcomes.