Implementation of Roadsoft for MDOT Safety Services Unit

SPONSOR:  MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

PI:  Tim Colling

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.

  1. Technical Support
  2. Annual Statewide Database Migration
  3. Automated Crash Data Retrieval
Tim Colling
Tim Colling
Gary Schlaff
Gary Schlaff
Nick Koszykowski
Nick Koszykowski

Transportation Asset Management Council Technical Assistance Activities Program

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

Tim Colling
Tim Colling
Mary Crane
Mary Crane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Finance Center Network Small Water Systems Project

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:

  1.  Training Logistics and Support – onsite and web-based workshops
  2. Professional Development Hour Certification – investigate and accredit professional development certification
  3. Onsite Logistics at Asset Management Training Events – onsite technical assistance
  4. Asset Management Research – summarize the state of practice or provide applied research output for topics in asset management.
Tim Colling
Tim Colling
John Velat
John Velat

 

Improving Safety on Rural Local and Tribal Roads Safety Toolkit

Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration

PI: Timothy Colling

Rural roadway safety is an important issue for communities throughout the country and presents a challenge for state, local, and Tribal agencies. The Improving Safety on Rural Local and Tribal Roads – Safety Toolkit was created to help rural local and Tribal roadway safety practitioners address these challenges. The Safety Toolkit provides a step-by-step process to assist local agency and Tribal practitioners in completing traffic safety analyses, identify safety issues, countermeasures to address them, and an implementation process. Each step in the Toolkit contains a set of tools, examples, and links to resources appropriate to the needs of safety practitioners. The report presents a seven-step safety analysis process based on a similar process developed in the Highway Safety Manual. The seven steps are: compile data; conduct network screening; select sites for investigation; diagnose site conditions and identify countermeasures; prioritize countermeasures for implementation; implement countermeasures; and evaluate effectiveness of implemented countermeasures. Accompanying the Safety Toolkit are two User Guides (FHWA-SA-14-073 and FHWA-SA-14-074) which present step-by-step processes of example scenarios.

A copy of this report can be found on the Federal Highway Administration website.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Bridge Design System Analysis and Modernization

Sponsor: Michigan Department of Transportation

PI: Timothy Colling

The Bridge Design System (BDS) is an in-house software program developed by the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Bridge Design Unit. The BDS designs bridges according to the required specifications, and outputs corresponding design drawings and calculations. It has been the primary design tool for MDOT’s bridges over the last several decades. Because of the BDS’s longevity of use and development, MDOT has experienced a high level of comfort, familiarity, and efficiency with it. However, components of the BDS have been added and removed over the years, and little associated documentation exists today. The code itself has seen nearly 60 years of evolution in the Fortran programming language. Migration to another software system is likely to require significant changes to MDOT business processes and may require multiple software systems rather than the unified design system of the BDS. Also, long-term viability of the BDS would require documentation of the existing architecture and operation of the system as well as development of a plan for future compatibility and functionality of the software. Therefore, the Center for Technology & Training at Michigan Tech was contracted to document, analyze and propose modernization options for the BDS. This report describes the tools used to conduct this assessment and the results of this task.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Cost Effectiveness of the MDOT Preventive Maintenance Program

Sponsor: Michigan Department of Transportation

PI: Timothy Colling

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) pavement preservation program dates back to 1992. MDOT’s pavement preservation strategy is primarily implemented through its capital preventive maintenance (CPM) program, in which preventive maintenance treatments are used to protect existing pavement surfaces, slow deterioration, and correct surface deficiencies. An overall objective of the CPM program is to postpone major rehabilitation and reconstruction activities by extending the service life of pavements.

This study evaluated the benefits and costs of various preventive maintenance treatments used in MDOT’s CPM program. Defining the benefit as the percent increase in performance over a “do nothing” or untreated pavement performance curve, where data were available benefits were calculated for preventive maintenance treatments. Using unit costs, benefit-cost ratios were calculated, permitting the comparison of the cost-effectiveness of similar treatments. The overall performance of MDOT’s CPM program was also examined by comparing the life-cycle costs (LCC) of a rehabilitation strategy to a preservation strategy using a simplified approach. The outcome showed that the preservation strategy results in agency cost savings of approximately 25 percent per lane-mile over the rehabilitation strategy.

Findings from this study can be used to help MDOT improve its CPM project selection, treatment selection, and performance monitoring and modeling practices.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Roadsoft Asset Management System Development and Support

Sponsor: Michigan Department of Transportation

PI: Tim Colling

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.

 

Tim Colling
Tim Colling
Gary Schlaff
Gary Schlaff
Luke Peterson
Luke Peterson
Nick Koszykowski
Nick Koszykowski

Michigan Engineer Resource Library (MERL)

Sponsor: Michigan Department of Transportation

PI: Timothy Colling

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.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling
Nick Koszykowski
Nick Koszykowski

MIRE Upgrades in Roadsoft

SPONSOR:  MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (MDOT)

PI:  Tim Colling

The Model Inventory Roadway Elements (MIRE) Fundamental Data Elements (FDE) are federally required by the MAP-21/FAST-Act transportation legislation and will aid in crash analysis.  Currently, Michigan does not have a method for collection all MIRE FDEs from the over 600 local transportation agencies and then making data available for local use.

The Center for Technology & Training at Michigan Tech has assisted MDOT since the 1980s and has developed and supported the Roadsoft Asset Management system for local agencies to manage their road and bridge assets efficiently.

While many of the data elements necessary to meet MIRE FDE requirements are present in Roadsoft, the software does not collect and store all MIRE or MIRE FDE elements in a format that meets national reporting requirements.  The proposed work will generate a number of pre-generated reporting tools necessary for reviewing and finalizing the collection and delivery of data.

Tasks included in this project are:

  1. Add new and modified fields MIRE Road Segment Fields of; direction of inventory, access control, median type and one/two way operations to the Road Module and Laptop Data Collector.  This task will also modify the following; type of government ownership and surface type.
  2. Addition of new MIRE intersection field Approach Identifier and modify existing fields; new traffic control field and intersection geometry.
  3. Create a roadway intersection export/report of the following fields for paved federal-aid roads owned by local agencies including; segment identifier, route number, route/street name, federal aid/route type and rural/urban designation.
Tim Colling
Tim Colling
Gary Schlaff
Gary Schlaff
Nick Koszykowski
Nick Koszykowski

 

Michigan Local Bridge Load Rating Support & Technology Transfer

SPONSOR:  MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (MDOT)

Photo: State of Michigan

PI:  Tim Colling

This project provides Michigan local agencies and the consultants that serve them with the support and training necessary to ensure that they can be successful in meeting the new bridge load rating and requirements.  Through this program, MDOT plans to maximize the chance of success for local agencies meeting the load rating requirements by providing support in three areas; training, software technical support and engineering technical assistance.

The desired result of the work plan is successful completion of load rating for Tier 1, 2 and 3 local agency owned bridges within their designated time limits as agreed upon by MDOT and FHWA.

The work plan consists of six major tasks:

  1. Bridge load rating training development and delivery
  2. Software technical support
  3. Engineering technical assistance
  4. Research/development assistance
  5. Internal staff training
  6. Project management, reporting and project meetings

 

Tim Colling
Tim Colling
Chris Gilbertson
Chris Gilbertson