- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
Infrastructure asset management is a strategic, systematic process of cost-benefit analyses that combines proven engineering principles with sound business practices and economic theory. It provides a decision-making framework for bridge owners, highway managers, port operators, and others to examine various scenarios and reasonably predict the right time to do maintenance, repair, or rehabilitation so they can effectively set priorities.
Asset management systems use quality data and predictive models that are based on well-defined objectives, known conditions, constraints, and desired outcomes. The tools provided in asset management help transportation professionals make important investment choices by giving them solid rationales to support their operational and fiscal decisions, and in doing so, helps them get the most “bang for the buck” from limited resources.
In simple terms, it’s about operating, maintaining, and preserving the transportation system in the most cost-effective manner to achieve desired service objectives.
Embracing the goals set forth in the U.S. Department of Transportation Strategic Plan, CAIT’s work researching and developing asset management systems is helping state and local agencies make smarter, better informed, and more economical decisions in managing our infrastructure.