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Accession Number PB2013-103235
Title Assessment and Framework of Management Science Applications for TxDOT.
Publication Date Oct 2011
Media Count 113p
Personal Author C. Chang C. Yager D. Fajardo E. Montes H. Sadatsafavi J. Walewski L. Lasdon N. Ruiz-Juri S. T. Waller
Abstract For this project researchers implemented a systematic approach to identify the domains within TxDOT where Operations Research and Management Science (OR/MS) techniques can lead to substantial improvements. A comprehensive study of TxDOT's operations was conducted based on existing documentation, and complemented by a two-part survey of TxDOT personnel. Researchers used their expertise in OR/MS modeling to define themes, or functional mappings, based on survey responses. Such themes, common across a wide range of TxDOT organizational substructures, consist of applications that share a common set of models and/or methods in the OR/MS literature, and they represent research avenues that have the largest potential to benefit TxDOT operations. Seven key areas of research were identified, including utility accommodation and right of way acquisition, work load and productivity analysis for forecasting future staffing needs, workload analysis for performance-based compensation, right of way acquisition management, management of design and planning processes, project prioritization for financial allocation, and enhancement of internal communications. For each of the key areas identified in this work, researchers developed problem statements, which address a range or family of issues, thus maximizing their potential impacts. Another major outcome of this project involves the detailed documentation of the methodology used to arrive at effective problem statements, which provides TxDOT with a framework to continuously improve its decision support system.
Keywords Assessment
Management science assessment
Operations research
Pavement management
Transportation organizational impro

Source Agency Federal Highway Administration
Department of Transportation Office of University Research
NTIS Subject Category 91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
85H - Road Transportation
Corporate Author Texas Univ. at Austin. Center for Transportation Research.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Technical rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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