Governing issues and alternate resolutions for a highway transportation agency's transition to asset management

Franklin Moon, Emin A. Aktan, Hitoshi Furuta, Masahiro Dogaki

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Whether the increasingly poor performance of transportation infrastructure, the budget shortfalls many owners are facing, or the increased demand for more accountability are considered, it is clear that a revolution related to the management of transportation infrastructure is long overdue. There is a broad consensus that this revolution will take shape through adapting and transitioning to the paradigm of asset management (AM). This paper firstly reviews the concept of AM applied to transportation infrastructure, identifies key attributes, and provides a brief overview of the on-going and planned transition to AM by two transportation agencies. Secondly, this paper provides an overview of the related paradigms of performance-based engineering, lifecycle cost analysis, and structural health monitoring, and their role within an integrated AM system. Finally, this paper identifies and discusses relevant issues that transportation infrastructure owners face when they embark on a transition to AM, and proposes an outline for a roadmap to guide this transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-39
Number of pages15
JournalStructure and Infrastructure Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Asset management
  • Lifecycle cost analysis
  • Performance-based engineering
  • Structural health monitoring


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