The Center for Technology & Training (CTT) developed and has supported the Roadsoft asset management system in 1991 for the Michigan Department of Transportation, when such a system was envisioned as a “best practice” for supporting Michigan’s local agencies in their effort to manage their road and bridge assets efficiently.
Over the years, Roadsoft became a “one-stop shop” for asset and safety management data for local agencies due to the continued support of MDOT as well as to specific developments supported by the Safety Programs Unit. In the fall of 2016, the CTT completed a two-year project to develop the needed functionality in Roadsoft that allows MDOT to take advantage of Roadsoft as a tool for the Department’s use. These functional changes were necessary because Roadsoft has historically been geared toward local agency needs. With the completion of this development, the safety functions of Roadsoft have evolved to the point where MDOT now uses Roadsoft as a tool for accomplishing its misslon to improve safety on Michigan’s roads.
While this development task has been completed, needs like ongoing maintenance, training technical support, and data handling will have to be addressed in order for MDOT to take full advantage of the Roadsoft tool. This proposal outlines the tasks and level of effort necessary to support MDOT’ s use of the safety tools in Road soft.
SPONSOR: MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (MDOT)
PI: Tim Colling
The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) began delivering its education program and providing technical services in 2004. Since that time, the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) has assisted the TAMC with its education programs and technical assistance services. The CTT is a logical choice for this program because, in addition to the TAMC
Education Program, the CTT houses other programs funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MOOT) including the Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), Roadsoft, Michigan Engineer’s Resource Library (MERL), and the Bridge Load Rating Program. This array of programs economizes upon professional, development, and support staff to make project delivery cost effective. The CTT focuses its efforts specifically on projects related to local government agencies and transportation.
The tasks for this proposal were identified from priorities outlined by TAMC in the TAMC 2017-2019 Work Program.
Task 1: Attend and Participate in TAMC Council Meetings
Task 2: Attend and Participate in TAMC Committee Meetings
Task 3: Review of the Data and QC Collection Results
Task 4: Maintain Roadsoft -IRT Data Submission Protocols
Task 5: Maintenance of TAMC PASER Training Certification Testing Instruments and Records
Task 6: Investment Reporting Project Cost and Treatment Life Study
Task 7: Undefined Staff Support
Task 8: Project Management and Monthly Reporting
SPONSOR: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
PI: Tim Colling
The Great Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Center (GLEIC) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 at Michigan Tech, is collaborating with the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) for the support of the Small Water Systems Project.
Michigan Tech will support the tasks of:
Training Logistics and Support – onsite and web-based workshops
Professional Development Hour Certification – investigate and accredit professional development certification
Onsite Logistics at Asset Management Training Events – onsite technical assistance
Asset Management Research – summarize the state of practice or provide applied research output for topics in asset management.
The proposed activities will enable the FRA’s Office of Safety and Office of R&D to utilize the RLS as a platform for internal FRA training offered to both new and current employees. Offering training online will increase flexibility in obtaining the necessary skills required to effectively perform essential job functions, and save on travel expenses currently incurred for this type of training. In addition, the proposal increases the amount of openly available education modules by incorporating the Railroading 101 modules developed by the FRA, as well as newly recorded versions of the 2016 Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) modules. The proposal will also provide technical support in using the modules and continuing monitoring and support of the system throughout the project duration. Continue reading “Implementation of Online Training Modules to Rail Learning System”
The objective of this this task order is to organize and conduct a workshop where a report shall be created. outlining good practices and suggested methods for developing and operating a centralized data source, providing convenient access to comprehensive. reliable. transparent, publicly available. and context sensitive LCI data to support a pavement LCA.
Task 1.3.1: Conduct a comprehensive literature review and online search of ongoing efforts related to the development and use of LCI data specifically and LCA in general, within US and internationally, for sustainable transportation infrastructure decision making.
Task 1.3.2: Provide support for holding a two-day workshop and developing the draft report from the workshop discussions.
Task 1.3.3: Develop a draft final report that presents various options identified in Tasks 1.3. i and l.3.2 with benefits and challenges for each. FHWA anticipates that the final report will undergo subsequent editing and layout should FHWA choose to publish the report.
Task 1.3.4: Present draft final report to one selected lead state or local agency.
Task 1.3.5: Finalize and submit the final report. The final report should be prepared as an MS Word file and may include graphics. as appropriate. that are used during the workshop. FHWA anticipates that the report will undergo subsequent editing and layout should FHWA choose to publish the report.
SPONSOR: Lac Courte Oreilles Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
PI: Scott Bershing
Scope of Work
By leveraging existing expertise and relationships, Eastern TTAP staff will assist the ITTF with completing, compiling, disseminating, and presenting the findings of the 2015 WisDOT Inter-Tribal Task Force Tribal Survey. Eastern TTAP will conduct the following activities to help ITTF complete their survey:
1. Create an electronic version of the existing survey using SurveyMonkey within one week of signing by both parties
2. Allow 10 working days for Tribes to respond
3. ITTF sends collected survey results to Eastern TTAP
4. Integrate electronic survey responses with the responses collected from ITTF – One week after receiving data from Work Item 3
5. Compile and disseminate all survey responses – Two weeks after receiving data from Work Item 3
6. Assist ITTF with identifying key data points collected through the survey
7. Create final summary report.
CTT staff will integrate Elkhart County’s street sign location and inventory data into Roadsoft that exist along roads specified in the county’s GIS document. If additional sign inventory data is provided it may also be imported at the CTT’ s discretion if it can be directly related to existing Roadsoft sign inventory data fields. This data will be provided to the County for use in their licensed version of Roadsoft.
SPONSOR: LAC COURTE OREILLES BAND OF LAKE SUPERIOR CHIPPEWA
PI: John Velat
By leveraging existing expertise and relationships, Michigan Tech TTAP staff will conduct outreach and marketing via email, telephone, fax, and Web-based systems to consult with WISDOT & the Wisconsin Tribal Task Force and recruit participants in a Planning Team made up of stakeholders from tribal, state, local, and federal agencies. In consultation with the Planning Team, TTAP will conduct the following activities to prepare for the 2015 WITTSS:
Determine tribal, local, state, and federal goals of the Summit
Align goals and activities with federal safety initiatives
Work with all stakeholders to develop an agenda and invite speakers who will contribute to the overall Summit goals
Identify the desired date and location of the summit
Research existing and potential safety resources, programs, and initiatives; previously held tribal, local, federal, and state safety events; and safety research relevant to the Summit
Identify participants and groups who can provide relevant safety program information and experience
Arrange for all logistical aspects of the summit as guided by the event planning committee
Encourage stakeholders to actively participate in the Summit
Contact and encourage participation by at least one representative from every Tribe within the State to participate in the event
Adapt the planning process as necessary to reflect changing needs
Roadsoft is a roadway asset management system for collecting, storing, and analyzing data associated with transportation infrastructure. Built on an optimum combination of database engine and GIS mapping tools, Roadsoft provides a quick, smooth user experience and almost unlimited data handling capabilities.
Roadsoft’s development began in 1992 based on input and guidance from local road agencies in Michigan. Over 400 road agencies and consultants use Roadsoft to manage their roads, signs, guardrails and other roadway assets. The software is maintained by a team of software engineers and civil engineers at the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) at Michigan Technological University.
MERL is a software suite that helps transportation engineers create road and bridge project estimates, enter and analyze bids for local jobs, and track daily postings and payment estimates. In addition, MERL provides engineers with access to various Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) resource documents.