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13th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management

July 11–14, 2020

Boston, MA

The 13th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management (TAM) provides an opportunity for all practitioners involved in their agency’s asset management initiatives to build core competencies and generate new ideas. The conference program will include roundtable discussions, workshops, and technical sessions addressing all levels of asset management maturity. Attendees will include representatives from federal, state, and local transportation agencies; metropolitan planning organizations; public transit agencies; academia; and private industry.

The conference organizers are looking for both practical and innovative presentations for the five technical tracks listed below along with two Crosscutting Issues (new this year).  In addition to highway applications, highlighting transit applications and resilience to climate change, and environmental disasters, are of special interest.

Selected abstracts will be featured in either poster sessions or technical podium sessions. Presenters will be required to register and attend the conference to be included in the final program.

Call for Presentation Topics

Track 1: Implementation
This track will highlight good practices and lessons learned from TAM implementation efforts and highlight future needs for TAM implementation efforts and highlight future needs for TAM implementation. Presentations will discuss experiences and needs in the following core topic areas. Abstracts should highlight:

  • Plans into practice - changes in decision-making, priorities, and investments.
  • Highlights of TAMP impacts.
  • Performance management and asset management integration.
  • Including/adding secondary assets into TAM programs.
  • Aligning capital and operations/maintenance investments and activities.

Track 2: Data Governance/Tools
This track will explore the development, implementation, and operations of data systems, highlighting data collection options, methods to estimate the expected return on investment, and strategies for communicating results. Abstracts should address:

  • Data governance, data management, and data system implementation/operations.  
  • Decision support tools, technology, and data analytics.
  • Best approach/TAM tools and software.
  • MODA-multi-objective decision analysis.
  • Visualization.

Track 3: Managing Risk

This track provides a framework for transportation agencies to better understand how risk evaluation and management plays into TAMP implementation and decision maker education. It will provide informaion to help agencies develop, implement, and track asset risks ranging from financial, strategic, operational, hazards, political, climate changes/resilience, technological, environmental, social justice to life-cycle analysis and planning. Abstract topics may include:

  • Assessing and managing risks.
  • Life-cycle cost analysis and life-cycle planning.
  • Risk uncertainty on investment outcomes.
  • Resiliency. 
  • Using asset and risk data to develop infrastructure hardening projects.

Track 4: Partners and Peers

Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) do not develop and then get implemented in a vacuum. This track explores the collaborative environment that improves TAMP'S and their uses, as well as internal resource needs to make them successful. Examples of topics include: 

  • State of the practice. 
  • Peer exchanges: lessons, challenges, and successes.
  • Communicating TAM results and performance.
  • Cross industry and modal experiences.
  • Workforce.

Track 5: Sustaining Asset Management in your Organization

This track will explore efforts that have made (or plan to make) asset management a long-term, sustainable practice in organizations, or in other words "the way we do business", or asset management as the embodiment of an organizations's cultural mind-set.

  • Using Asset Management as a catalyst in Organizational Transformation to drive strategic outcomes.
  • Creating organizational alignment and driving cultural change through formalized asset management frameworks, governance and principles.
  • Bridging diverse organizational perspectives (e.g. Operations and Finance or Engineering and Maintenance, et.) through Asset Management.
  • Formalizing operational excellence in asset management with digital operating models, documenting business processes and using data to support investment decisions.
  • Creating benefits realization frameworks to show the value of asset management in the organization.

Crosscutting Issues 1:  Transit

Transit agencies have developed asset management plans, life-cycle management and resourcing strategies, and performance measures, with a unique perspective of maintaining their assets in a fixed operating environment.  Transit agencies now have the data to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in the regional planning process.  This track is soliciting presentations such as:

  • The use of performance measures and safety/risk data in developing investment strategies.
  • Processes that have been modified as a result of the TAMP.
  • Changing the relationship of agency staff with the assets. Has the organizational culture evolved as a result of our TAM efforts?
  • Innovative inspection procedures.
  • Stakeholder coordination.

Crosscutting Issues 2: Resilience

This track will address the importance of resilient systems and strategies for dealing with threats from extreme weather events, natural disasters, and other events.  Having a resilient system is responding both to physical assets and to operational challenges.

  • Success stories and moving beyond politics.
  • Balancing resiliency requirements against programmatic practical design.
  • Standards and practices for hydraulic engineering addressing todays and future extreme weather events.
  • Integrating resilience into the planning process and the TAMP.
  • Resiliency for Cybersecurity threats.
  • The National Weather Service and DOT formal relationships.

How to Submit an Abstract

All abstracts should be submitted by September 5, 2019; they should be no longer than 400 words; and should clearly convey the material that will be presented.


Thomas M. Palmerlee, Associate Director of the Technical Activities Division, TRB

Rhonda A. Levinowsky, Associate Program Officer