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City of Austin Launches New Pavement Management System

The City of Austin Public Works Department has another reason to celebrate this month – July 12th was the day their new Pavement Management System (PMS) went live after a year of hard work. Based on AgileAssets® Pavement Analyst™ software, this new system is a major milestone as the new PMS helps the city better […]

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Good Safety Data is Essential to a Successful Traffic Safety Management Plan

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Safety publishes a newsletter three times a year called, the Safety Compass Newsletter. The recent spring issue, 2016, describes a number of important traffic safety management plan issues. Good data is the most critical element needed to understand and improve traffic safety management. For many years, safety data […]

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What is a Transportation Asset Management System and Why Do You Need It?

What exactly is Asset Management System?  Many definitions have been offered over the years.  In 1994 Hudson et al* state that Asset Management or Infrastructure Management, depending on how it is termed, is “the process of integrating design, construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, and renovation to maximize benefits to the user and minimize total costs to the […]

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How Asset Management Software Can Protect our Rural and Urban Road Systems

Historical highway funding levels have been inadequate for maintaining the various state department of transportation road networks. Even though Congress recently passed new transportation funding legislation in the FAST Act, it does little to address the historical maintenance backlog that has accumulated over the years. Transportation departments need effective asset management software to maintain and protect rural […]

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Transportation Research Board – a Short History from An Insider

Most people know that TRB stands for Transportation Research Board, a unit of the National Academy of Sciences/National Academy of Engineering. While a United States-based agency, it has become the premiere location for technical information exchange and publication about transportation around the world. TRB was founded about 90 years ago as the Highway Research Board […]

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The True Cost of Deferred Road Maintenance

Engineers have long known that good preservation, preventive maintenance, and programmed maintenance are essential to economical pavement and bridge performance and life.  A number of people including Mike Sheflin, former Commissioner of Public Works for the Regional Municipality of Ottawa, Canada, have shown that investing $1.00 at the appropriate time in pavement maintenance can save […]

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A History of Pavement Management Conferences

Pavement management was born in the 1967-70 time-frame (1).  It was the first of what are now many asset management systems implemented in state DOTs.  Followed in 1987 by Bridge Management Systems (2) developed by Hudson, Carmichael, and Hudson.  Pavement management was well enough recognized by 1980 that the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the world’s […]

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The Birth of Pavement Management

It is important to understand the history of pavement management in order to educate and elevate the process of pavement management. Let’s review how pavement management systems came into being. In 1965, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program issued the best Request for Proposals I have ever responded to.  It basically said something like this: […]

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How Important is Traffic Safety to Your Agency?

In May 2014, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)[1] released a new study that underscores the high economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States.  The price tag for crashes is a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm.  […]

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