Geotechnical Asset Management

Abstract and project information last updated: 19 September 2012. Project updates are dated below.

AUTC
Project
Number
510016
Principal
Investigator
Andrew Metzger
atmetzger@alaska.edu
Funding
Agency

Alaska University Transportation Center and Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Project
Budget
145567
Start
Date
1 July 2011
Estimated
End Date
31 December 2012

Abstract

Geotechnical assets- things like rock and soil slopes, shore protection, embankments, retaining walls, material sites, bridge foundations, tieback anchors and more—literally touch or affect every other physical asset owned by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (Alaska DOT&PF). Because of this acute inter-connection, effective management of geotechnical assets is necessary to maintain the level of transportation safety and service required by Alaska DOT&PF clients, a.k.a. people who utilize the transportation system in Alaska. In fact, Alaska DOT&PF recently identified asset management as the second of six key initiatives the department will target in its new strategic plan.

Supporting this initiative, new research led by Andrew Metzger at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks to develop a framework for addressing challenges related to geotechnical asset management (GAM) that can be implemented with other asset management systems.

Overcoming the several salient challenges GAM brings is integral to any comprehensive asset management approach. For instance, difficulties with maintenance performance, unpredictable service life, and financial accounting complexities are among the proven obstacles to managing geotechnical assets within most infrastructure organizations, and in Alaska. Nonetheless, Metzger and his team expect the GAM project to produce a “road map” for transportation-related GAM in the state of Alaska. This draft program framework will include specific planning recommendations that address the most significant challenges for implementation of GAM across the broad range of geotechnical asset classes owned by ADOT&PF.