The FAM course will cover the Infrastructure & Transportation Asset Management journey over the last 20 years and what we now see as the current and future trajectory of developing a sustainable and scalable asset management program for your organization that is appropriately sized for your needs. The course is designed for the agency-level asset manager, maintenance manager and engineering consultants, and will provide all participants with a solid base of understanding of the various elements and stages of building a modern and forward-looking asset management program.

“A Primer for the Practitioner”

This course will provide the user with enough information to develop an asset management program from scratch or allow them to build upon an existing program. The course will be taught by domain experts from the consulting community as well as those from academia, which will result in providing the students with both theory-based research and development outcomes and use cases and best practices that are based on real world examples.

Part 1 (Day 1) will take a brief look back at Transportation Asset Management (TAM’s) origins and will highlight a few key milestones and events that occurred along the way that helped to shape and define TAM into what it has become today and discuss the role that these – and other – events have played in influencing the future TAM trajectory. The background information provided will present the participants with a broad and useful perspective of how asset management has evolved over the previous two decades and will also establish a solid base of understanding that the attendees can leverage as they take the next steps on their TAM journey.

Part 1 (Day 2) will focus on several activities that are generally associated with the implementation of a TAM program. These fundamental components are not intended to be a comprehensive account of all TAM business functions, but rather represent a more simplistic (and realistic) view of important elements of a TAM program that when implemented properly can serve as the foundation and framework for building a sustainable and scalable TAM program.

TAM Journey: Day 1

1. Industry perspectives and case studies
  • Select speakers will share their experiences, points of view, perspectives and lessons learned while on their own TAM journeys.
2. The TAM Journey
  • Background and Drivers
  • Best Practices
  • The Perfect Storm
3. What is transportation asset management?
  • Definition (AASHTO, FHWA, IAM, FTA, FAA)
  • Applies to full asset life cycle
  • All physical assets have a location (and therefore is spatial by nature)
  • Key differences between CMMS, TAM, EAM, and AIP
4. Why is it important?
  • Compliance (Regulatory/Statutory, State and Federal)
  • Reduces risk
  • Improve safety
  • Increase operational efficiencies
  • Improves situational awareness (public safety, crisis management, emergency response)
  • Provides accessibility to important information to a broad range of stakeholders
  • Supports the development of Maintenance and Capital Plan and Program
  • Saves time and money – but not at the expense of asset service level
5. What challenges do TAM programs commonly face?
  • Lack of executive sponsorship
  • We don’t know what we don’t know
  • Lack of, or no, policy & governance, asset data standards
  • Status quo organizational behaviors (culture change)
  • Too much data, very little information
  • Internal and external politics
  • Lack of funding
6. Have a plan
  • Development of Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP)
    • Define Policy Governance Standards and Asset Hierarchy
    • Define asset classes (core and supplemental)
    • Define performance and resiliency targets, measures, and metrics
    • Perform Gap analysis (delta between actual and planned targets)
    • Establish plan and timeline for meeting targets of achieving desired state of good repair
    • Define funding sources and allocations
    • Develop program priorities (based on condition, risk, and consequence of failure)
7. Summary of the TAM Roadmap
  • Get the plan started
  • ID core and supplemental asset classes
  • Set up an asset hierarchy
  • Define some level of governance (validation, reviews, acceptance)
  • Define asset level performance targets and measures
  • Define TAM program focus/priority
    • Work Order Management, Maintenance Management, Capital Planning
  • Update or do initial asset inventory and condition assessment
  • Define and document technical requirements for spatially enabled TAM business architecture
  • The TAMP is a living document that will be revised as the agency continues to iterate through the program as it matures

TAM Components: Day 2

1. Asset Inventory Methods
  • Current and Emerging Methods
    • LIDAR (aerial and terrestrial)
    • Geo/AI Based Automated Feature Extraction from Imagery
    • UAV/UAS Drones (Dan/Esri)
    • IoT sensor networks (Dan – NJ OMR Turbidity buoy)
2. Systems Integration
  • EAM Business architecture
    • EAM as a system of record within a system of systems
  • Basics of cloud computing – geospatial cloud
    • Application and data hosting
    • Configurable systems integration
    • Hybrid approaches
3. Spatial Visualization
  • EAM Portals
    • Single point of secured access to all relevant data, apps, and content
  • User experiences
    • Web Maps, Dashboards, Story Maps
  • BIM and 3D visualizations/digital twins

Register for the first offering of this course on November 11th &12th here.

Meet the Instructors:

Mr. Rod Lovely
Mr. Rod Lovely is Civil Engineer and certified Asset Management professional with over 35 years of experience delivering innovative infrastructure solutions. Rod leads the design and implementation of strategic Asset Management solutions through aligning technology, people and business processes.
Yun Bai, Ph.D.
Dr. Bai is an assistant research professor at Rutgers CAIT. She has over 12 years of research experience in developing operations research, management science, and systems engineering methodologies to solve transportation systems and infrastructure asset management problems.
Baris Salman, Ph.D.
Dr. Salman is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University. His research focuses on infrastructure asset management; particularly on improving decision making procedures for maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, and construction of physical infrastructure.