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Asset Management

Utah’s transportation system is one of its most valuable assets totaling over $45 Billion. Significant to both our local and national movement of people and goods, it must be managed in a manner to help strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance the quality of life of its residents.

Asset Management is a performance and risk-based investment decision process for cost-effective management for operating, maintaining, upgrading and expanding physical assets effectively over their life cycle. Asset Management is based on reliable, repeatable quality data, along with well-defined objectives that align with our strategic goals. This unified program maximizes system performance and funding.

The Utah Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP)

The TAMP plan is what UDOT follows to achieve the preservation of the state’s transportation infrastructure. The specific objectives of this plan are

  • Formalize a data driven performance and risk-based approach for allocating transportation funds to manage pavements, bridges and ATMS (ITS) and signal devices
  • Incorporate asset management into intermediate and long-range planning processes
  • Incorporate risk management into resource allocation decisions
  • Provide a valuable asset management tool with real time data

Asset Management Approach

To accomplish the objective of allocating transportation funding toward the most valuable assets and those with the highest risk to system operation, the UDOT Asset Advisory/Performance Management Committees developed a tiered system of asset management. UDOT uses this tiered system to preserve, rehabilitate and maintain the transportation physical assets. Three tiers have been established based on the importance of the asset to UDOT’s performance plan and strategic goals:

Federal Measures and Targets

Federal performance measures were required by “MAP 21” to enable a federal summary and comparison between states.
Targets have been established for the pavement and bridge performance measures established by FHWA for the National Highway System.

Federal Performance Measures

State Measures and Targets

UDOT has established state performance measures and targets for pavement, bridges, ATMS (ITS) devices and signal systems. Transportation funds and work effort are allocated to these tier 1 assets based on systematic improvement or maintenance of asset condition and value.


State Performance Measures

Detailed Funding

UDOT Asset Management’s Funding Sources


UDOT relies on the federal funding process, state annual budget process and distribution decision by the Transportation Commission for transportation funding. Funding availability varies each year, depending on national and state economies and priorities of decision makers.

Historically, funds come from three specific funds

  • State Transportation Investment Fund
  • State Transportation Fund
  • Federal Funds

Strategic Direction Funding

UDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a six year plan of highway and trasit project for the State of Utah. The STIP is maintained daily and includes transportation projects on the state, city and countly highway systems, as well as projects in the national parks, national forests and state funding programs.

The STIP Program App contains a more detailed overview of how programs are funding for the next three years.

Cross Assets

Goals and Objectives


UDOT is currently in the process of developing a performance-based cross-asset allocation framework. A short term goal is Cross Asset Prioritization between Bridges and Pavements. Our long term goal is Cross Asset Prioritization between all other Tier 1 Assets. An Asset Management/Maintenance Management System will serve as a foundation for future cross-asset data integration and decision making capabilities.

Background

UDOT has developed a performance based, cross-investment framework approach to evaluating the impacts of STIP projects on the MAP-21 national measures. Recognizing that transportation projects are multi-faceted; a framework has been developed to holistically analyze candidate projects against a full range of benefits, regardless of which program the project was proposed under.

This framework consists of

  • Conflating geospatial safety, pavement, bridge, and reliability data sets with project locations
  • Predicting how underlying statewide and project-level performance would vary over time without funding
  • Determining the scopes-of-work from project classification and description fields
  • Applying project impact models across the performance areas given the scope-of-work
  • Leveraging multiple objective decision analysis to evaluate what projects could be added at varying funding levels
  • And, reporting the corresponding expected performance levels for varying investment strategies so as to inform target-setting

Next steps include studying how the cross-investment approach could be refined, adapted and applied to state measures in addition to demonstrating how the STIP and investment strategies may impact federal measures associated with the TAMP, SHSP, and LRTP.

Risk

UDOT has developed a Data Driven Model-Based Risk Management System.

The Model-Based approach emphasizes the following to encourage thoughtful analysis and collaboration
  • Consistency
  • Repeatability
  • Transparency

Risk is captured as a function of

  • Owner Costs
  • User Costs
  • Environmental Probabilities

Risk Prioritization is based on
  • Criticality
  • Return on Investment (ROI)
The results are presented on a GIS map to be used in intermediate planning and concept report development. Additional risks not found in available data are identified by participants in the intermediate planning or concept development processes.

High priority risks

  • Move into a mitigation analysis where hardening options are evaluated based on ROI
  • A Go No-Go decision process is provided based on payback period
  • Recommended asset improvements move into concept reports to facilitate the acquisition of funding required to respond to environmental risks

This Model-Based Process provides value to planning, design, maintenance and project delivery.




The Risk Priority Analysis Storymap provides information on the process and results of the Asset Risk Management project.

The Emergency Fund Map displays the location of all projects that used any federal emergency funds during construction. The map is updated weekly. It is an input for the intermediate planning process and for the project development process.