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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / September 2001

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-RD-01-067
Date: September 2001

Articles in this Issue

A New Approach for Construction Workforce Training and Certification

A well-trained workforce is a more efficient and effective workforce. With that goal in mind, the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC), formed in the summer of 2000, has dedicated itself to improving training opportunities for transportation workers. The Council's goals also include developing a national core curriculum that can be used by any agency and building partnerships among State highway agencies and industry associations so as to save time and costs in developing training materials.

Data Integration: Key to Practice of Asset Management

The practice of Transportation Asset Management, a strategic approach to managing infrastructure, involves the gathering, retrieval, storage, analysis, and communication of enormous quantities of data. This data is needed to monitor and report on the condition and performance of a transportation system's inventory, develop performance objectives and measures, identify investment strategies, and conduct value assessments for different types of assets. For a highway agency to carry out these tasks and determine the best way to allocate limited resources, the data needs to be both comprehensive and consistent. "A common, consolidated set of data provides an agency the ability to make well-informed, cost-effective Asset Management decisions," says Madeleine Bloom, Director of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Asset Management.

Do You Know What a Community of Practice Is? Join the Exchange and Find Out?

Share your knowledge and learn from your peers with the Federal Highway Administration's new Highway Community Exchange. Located on the Web at http://knowledge.fhwa.dot.gov/cops/hcx.nsf/home, the Exchange is dedicated to the sharing of information and knowledge to promote better decisionmaking, spark innovation, speed technology transfer, and better meet the needs of customers and partners.

Keeping Good Roads Good

From using innovative contracting procedures for maintenance work to developing partnerships for pavement preservation programs, the National Pavement Preservation Forum II will look at both the state-of-the-practice for pavement preservation and what the future holds. Scheduled for November 6-8, 2001, in San Diego, California, the event is a follow-up to the 1998 Forum for the Future, which drew 120 participants from 32 States and Canada. The event is being sponsored by the Foundation for Pavement Preservation, Federal Highway Administration, and the California Department of Transportation.

Reaping the Benefits of the LTPP Investment

The billions of dollars that our Nation invests in highway infrastructure each year has given us one of the best transportation systems in the world. But how can we maximize that investment? And how can we improve the performance of pavements so that they last longer? To answer these questions, the highway community initiated the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program more than a decade ago.

The Next Generation of Technology

Moving forward with its goal of promoting high payoff, innovative technologies that State and local transportation agencies and industry can use, the Technology Implementation Group (TIG) has selected three technologies for accelerated deployment.

Highway Technology Calendar

Updated: 06/27/2017
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