Join NCTSPM for this Transportation Speaker Series event, featuring Dr. Zhanmin Zhang, Clyde E. Lee Endowed Professor in Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Zhang will be speaking on the topic of "Enhancing Infrastructure Management Through Cross-asset Resource Allocation".
Resource allocation mechanisms have become a major issue for transportation agencies in the U.S. and around the world. One of the main concerns with the transportation asset management (TAM) framework and its implementation is the absence of an organized process for cross-asset resource allocations. The objective of this study is to develop an innovative methodological framework for cross-asset resource allocations, yielding a data-oriented approach to enhancing infrastructure management. To demonstrate the applicability of the proposed methodological framework, a case study was conducted using two asset groups, pavements and bridges, from a roadway network in Texas. Results from the case study show that the proposed methodological framework has great potential as a tool to support highway agencies in performing cross-asset resource allocations at the network level.
Dr. Zhanmin Zhang is Professor and holds the Clyde E. Lee Endowed Professorship in Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also Director of the Center for Resilient Infrastructure and Smart Cities. Dr. Zhang has been actively conducting research in the engineering and management of infrastructure systems and the applications of advanced information systems to infrastructure management for more than 25 years in the United States and abroad. His current research interests include: large-scale infrastructure systems simulation, robust maintenance policies, optimal resource allocations, and innovative financing mechanisms for infrastructure systems, and infrastructure resilience.