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Transportation Asset Management
     Training Opportunities
 A project of the Transportation Asset Management Pooled Fund
...
Rationale and Goals
• Create comprehensive inventory of
  Transportation Asset Management
  short courses
• Make informati...
Acknowledgements
• Michigan Transportation Asset
  Management Council
  – Education and Training
    Subcommittee
• FHWA O...
Products
• Inventory of available courses
• Abstract of content for each
  course
• Identification of major themes of
  co...
Advisory Committee/
        Expert Panel
•   Academics
•   FHWA
•   State DOT personnel
•   LTAPs
•   Private training pro...
Survey of providers of
  Professional Training
• 70 courses identified
  – 33 surveys received; approx. 40
    courses rep...
Survey of providers of
    Professional Training
•   FHWA
•   National Highway Institute
•   LTAPs
•   DOTs
    – In house...
Survey of providers of
    Professional Training
• Focus
    –   Asset Management Generally
    –   Rigid or Flexible Pave...
Survey of providers of
    Professional Training
•   Primary Instructional Technique
•   Class Size
•   Times Offered
•   ...
Survey Response/Findings
Common themes of courses are:
• Asset/Infrastructure Management
• Preventive Maintenance
• Paveme...
General Findings
Instructors tend to    In addition
be either              • Many courses
• Consultants with a     offer p...
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Findings
                       Course Length

25

20

15

10

5

0
     1/2 day   1 day        1-2 days   3 or more   No ...
Findings
                         Primary Instructional Technique


            No Response

                    Other

  ...
Findings
                            Schedule for Offering
        No Response

    No longer offered

          On demand...
Findings
                             Frequency Offered


   No Response


More than twenty


Sixteen to twenty


 Eleven ...
Findings
                       Geographic coverage

   International
    US national
     Northwest
     Southwest
      ...
Findings
                      Instructor characterization


State or federal government employees


   Consultants with a...
Findings

                            Registration costs


         No response


$201 to $500 per seat

$101 to $200 per ...
Review of for-credit university
 courses: Tasks Completed
 • Reviewed 16 for-credit graduate
   course offerings
 • Catalo...
Common Themes of For-Credit Asset
    Management Offerings




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Summary of Findings
• Majority of courses offered by Civil
  Engineering departments; some are offered
  by Public Policy ...
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  1. 1. Transportation Asset Management Training Opportunities A project of the Transportation Asset Management Pooled Fund Research Program TPF-5(036) Jason Bittner Mary Ebeling Ernie Wittwer 6th National Transportation Asset Management Conference November, 2005
  2. 2. Rationale and Goals • Create comprehensive inventory of Transportation Asset Management short courses • Make information on training opportunities widely available • Improve access to Transportation Asset Management training • Create summary of university based Transportation Asset Management courses offered for Credit 2
  3. 3. Acknowledgements • Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council – Education and Training Subcommittee • FHWA Office of Asset Management (Steven Gaj) • Wisconsin DOT – TPF 5-(036) pooled fund lead state 3
  4. 4. Products • Inventory of available courses • Abstract of content for each course • Identification of major themes of courses • Identification of potential future training providers 4
  5. 5. Advisory Committee/ Expert Panel • Academics • FHWA • State DOT personnel • LTAPs • Private training provider 5
  6. 6. Survey of providers of Professional Training • 70 courses identified – 33 surveys received; approx. 40 courses represented – In addition information collected from approx 30 potential providers • Many courses no longer offered or were not renewed due to lack of audience 6
  7. 7. Survey of providers of Professional Training • FHWA • National Highway Institute • LTAPs • DOTs – In house – In cooperation with LTAPs • Private Providers 7
  8. 8. Survey of providers of Professional Training • Focus – Asset Management Generally – Rigid or Flexible Pavements – Bridge Management – Inventorying – Strategic Planning – Monitoring and Performance Measurement • Topics Covered • Primary Audience • Course Length • Course Design/Layout/Schedule 8
  9. 9. Survey of providers of Professional Training • Primary Instructional Technique • Class Size • Times Offered • Instructor Characteristics • Geographic Area • Cost of Registration • PDH/CEU • Open ended 9
  10. 10. Survey Response/Findings Common themes of courses are: • Asset/Infrastructure Management • Preventive Maintenance • Pavement Management • Policy • Economic Analysis 10
  11. 11. General Findings Instructors tend to In addition be either • Many courses • Consultants with a offer professional practical focus development or credits as an • Transportation incentive (as professionals many as 12) • DOTs rely on the state LTAPs to provide training 11
  12. 12. St at e Lo DO ca T lP te ro ch fe ni 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 St ca at ss e io ls ta Se na ff ni lo or ffi Lo M ci al ca an ag s lT em ec en hn t Lo ic al Lo ca St ca lF af lM ie f ld Lo an St ag af ca lE er f ia Intended Audience le lS ct ta ed ff O Findings ffi ci al s N O o th Re er sp on se 12
  13. 13. Findings Course Length 25 20 15 10 5 0 1/2 day 1 day 1-2 days 3 or more No Response days 13
  14. 14. Findings Primary Instructional Technique No Response Other Distance learning Multi-media presentations Interactive sessions Case studies Illustrated lecture 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 14
  15. 15. Findings Schedule for Offering No Response No longer offered On demand Every other year Yearly More than once a year 0 5 10 15 20 15
  16. 16. Findings Frequency Offered No Response More than twenty Sixteen to twenty Eleven to fifteen Six to ten Five or less 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 16
  17. 17. Findings Geographic coverage International US national Northwest Southwest Midwest Southeast Northeast Home state only 0 5 10 15 20 25 17
  18. 18. Findings Instructor characterization State or federal government employees Consultants with a theoretical focus Consultants with a practical focus Academics Practitioners of Transportation 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 18
  19. 19. Findings Registration costs No response $201 to $500 per seat $101 to $200 per seat $100 or less per seat No cost 0 5 10 15 20 19
  20. 20. Review of for-credit university courses: Tasks Completed • Reviewed 16 for-credit graduate course offerings • Cataloged information on each offering such as instructor contact information, syllabus, topics covered and teaching materials used • Summarized and categorized findings 20
  21. 21. Common Themes of For-Credit Asset Management Offerings 21
  22. 22. Summary of Findings • Majority of courses offered by Civil Engineering departments; some are offered by Public Policy schools • Most courses carry 3 credit hours • Common subjects include Infrastructure Management, Transportation Asset Management, or Management of Pavement Networks • Most courses do not use a textbook, but provide reading materials drawn from research papers and government publications. 22

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