Highway Management

Highway Management Systems – Series 9

9 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member – $900
  • Non-member – $2,700

Individual Modules

  • Member – $195
  • Non-member – $495

The challenge for managers of highway organizations is to establish the most cost-effective program possible and to carry it out in the most efficient method possible. Due to the sheer size of the road network and the number of features that must be cared for; plus the varying age and physical conditions, and limited funds, highway managers are faced with problems that can no longer be solved with intuitive approaches. A systematic approach, based on sound management and engineering principles, is needed to determine the most cost-effective improvement programs and maintenance programs and to maximize the use of available funds. To help alleviate some of these problems, several management systems h have been developed for use in highway organizations. These include Pavement Management Systems (PMS), Bridge Management Systems (BMS) and Maintenance Management Systems (MMS).

Module 1 – 20 Minutes

Introduction to Highway Management Systems

This videotape gives an overview of the three management systems, Pavement Management Systems, Bridge Management Systems, and Maintenance Management Systems. The relationship of PMS, BMS and MMS and the use of computers are discussed. PMS Elements and PMS Information BMS Elements and BMS Information, MMS Elements and MMS Information are presented. The use of these management systems in the planning, design, construction and maintenance at a typical highway agency is also discussed in detail.

Module 2 – 22 Minutes

Pavement Management Systems – An Overview

This course identifies the components of a Pavement Management System (PMS) and the role of each component. It describes in detail the steps recommended for development, implementation and operation of a PMS. Three methods used to analyze pavement performances and cost data and to identify cost-effective Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction treatments and strategies (with an increasing degree of formal analysis): (1) Pavement condition analysis; (2) Priority assessment models; and (3) Network optimization models are discussed. Network and Project level PMS are presented. The tape also describes the products of a PMS which can help management in making informed decisions based on sound principles of management and engineering.

Module 3 – 20 Minutes

PMS Data Collection and Management

As with all modeling and simulation methods, a PMS is only as good as the data used to describe current conditions and historical trends and to calibrate the model for prediction future conditions. The quality of the data in the PMS database has a tremendous impact on the results of the analyses. Variations in techniques used by data collection personnel, or improper use of data collection equipment, can corrupt the data to the extent that erroneous results could be produced by the PMS. This could mean that road improvement money could be misdirected away from roads that need it to roads with lower-priority needs. Quality control measures are needed to ensure that data collection methods are consistent and yield reproducible results, even with changes in data collection personnel and equipment. This course is aimed at developing good data collection and data management techniques.

Module 4 – 23 Minutes

Developing and Implementing Pavement Management Systems

This course is intended to provide guidance to system developers and implementers on how to successfully start up and operate a PMS, based on experience of other agencies and good management practices to help avoid some of the pitfalls that are common to major systems development projects. Four phases of development and implementation of a PMS, Project Initiation, Requirements Analysis, Development and Implementation are presented task-by-task in detail.

Module 5 – 22 Minutes

Maintenance Management Systems – An Overview

This videotape identifies the elements of a typical maintenance management system (MMS) and the functions of each element of the system. It describes the activities involved in the development and operation of a MMS, and discusses the benefits and uses of a MMS in the context of managing the highway network. The six basic elements of a MMS, an inventory of all the features of the road network, a set of work activities and procedures describing how each work activity should be done, maintenance standards, a work program and budget, work schedules, and reports that automatically monitor the work are clearly presented.

Module 6 – 24 Minutes

Developing Maintenance Standards

Maintenance standards are very important. They promote uniform maintenance levels in every district or region of the country. They should be written to give specific direction to maintenance crews including when work should be done, how many should do it, and how much work should be done. Three types of maintenance standards: Quality Standards, Quantity Standards, and Performance Standards are discussed in detail. How to establish and use these standards are also presented.

Module 7 – 24 Minute

Maintenance Management Systems: Work Planning Process

This course introduces maintenance managers and other personnel to the concept of the work planning process in Maintenance. It shows how to develop an annual work program and performance budget, and maintenance work calendar. It also gives an understanding of why work planning is an integral part of the management process for maintenance and shows how it fits into the overall MMS. How to implement a work program is also discussed.

Module 8 – 21 Minutes

MMS Work Authorization and Scheduling

This videotape shows maintenance managers and others the concept of work authorization and scheduling as it applies to maintenance work. A work authorization is a formal approval, through written or electronic media, to perform certain maintenance activities. It reduces or eliminates problems in resource utilization. Schedules help management to get the best combination of resources doing the right kind of work at the right place and time. The tape shows how to develop effective scheduling for use in the maintenance management system.

Module 9 – 21 Minutes

MMS Work Reporting and Evaluation

The last major element of a MMS is Work Reporting and Control. Work Control is making sure work is done according to plans and standards and then taking corrective action when needed. It is part of the management cycle of planning and scheduling, organizing, directing, and controlling maintenance operations. This videotape describes the process of work reporting and work control as it relates to a typical MMS, and shows how to develop work reporting and work control procedures.

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