June 08, 2020  —  July 05, 2020


Online - Course

Contact Hours



At a fundamental level, asset management involves understanding an agency’s assets, the level of performance expected of those assets, and the relationship between performance and the funding needed to operate and maintain the assets. A solid understanding of these relationships helps agencies determine the best strategy for investing in their asset network. The training starts with a discussion on the benefits of an asset management plan and wraps up identifying performance measures of an asset management plan.  This 4-week on-line class introduces asset and data management guiding principles and key components of a transportation asset management plan.


Join instructor, Walt Catlett for this lively online class and discussion forum that will change the way you think about transportation asset management plan development.  Over a 4-week period, you will have the chance to create a transportation asset management plan, leaning on existing data and documents.  You will learn organizational tips for putting together a team of key personnel to lead, craft and produced a TAMP.  By the end of the 4 weeks, you will have created an effective TAMP that will allow you to take the step towards implementation.

Each week, a new module will be released, including a recorded lecture, quiz, discussion forum and homework assignment. You will have 7 days to review the lecture and complete the weekly assignments. The instructor will be available by email and phone for questions and comments during the class and will be interacting with students through the weekly discussion forum. The 4-week class will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete over the 4-week period.


Module 1: Asset Management Plan Applications in Transportation Agencies

  1. Asset Management
  2. Why Asset Management
    1. Decision Making
    2. Tell the Story
    3. Valuable Assets Lacking
  3. Public Agency Challenges
    1. Inadequate Budgets
    2. Limited Resources
    3. Mature Networks
    4. Increased Accountability
    5. Increased Public Expectations
  4. Benefits of a TAMP
    1. Alignment with Agency plans
    2. Tactical level Document
    3. Secure Organization Agreement
    4. Empowers Transportation Agencies
    5. Documenting Knowledge of Assets
    6. Coordination
    7. Better Decision Making
    8. Communication
    9. Accountability
    10. Objectives
    11. Credibility

Module 2: Creating a Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP)

  1. Development Process
    1. Core Team
    2. Self-Assessment
    3. Identify Objectives
    4. Draft TAMP
    5. Review Process
    6. Final TAMP
  2. Core Team
    1. TAMP Project Manager
    2. Asset Technical Leads
    3. Planning Lead
    4. Programming Lead
    5. Finance Lead
    6. Data Lead
    7. Communication Lead
  3. Internal Stakeholders
    1. Senior Management
    2. Asset Managers
    3. Facility Managers
    4. Economists
    5. Technical Specialists
  4. External Stakeholders
    1. Customers
    2. Taxpayers
    3. Elected Officials
    4. Oversight Bodies
    5. Federal Agencies
    6. Auditors

Module 3: Transportation Asset Management Plan Components/Performance Measures

  1. TAMP Components (1)
    1. Purpose of TAMP
    2. Who Should be involved
    3. What should the TAMP Look Like
    4. What Information is needed
    5. From Concept to Final Plan
  2. Collecting and Identifying Assets
    1. Collect What is Needed
    2. Keep Information Updated
    3. Quality of Process
  3. Define Assets
    1. Assets Owned
    2. Condition of Assets
    3. Remaining Useful Life
    4. Replacement Value
  4. Objectives
    1. Reconfirm Existing Asset Management Strategies
    2. Define New Performance Based Approach
    3. Incorporate AM in Long Range Planning
    4. Monitor Long Term Financial Stability
    5. Coordinate between Maintenance and Capital Program
    6. Enhance Resource Allocation Decisions
  5. Life-Cycle Cost
    1. Establish Alternative Design Strategies
    2. Determine Activity Timing
    3. Estimate Agency Costs
    4. Estimate User Costs
    5. Determine Life Cycle Cost
  1. Risk
    1. Gather Information about Future Events
    2. Identify what/How future events trigger threats and opportunities
    3. Assess likelihood and impact of risks
    4. Prioritize Risks
    5. Determine appropriate Response strategies to risks
    6. Carry out Response Strategies
  2. Risk Management
    1. Establish Context
    2. Identify Risks
    3. Analyze Risks
    4. Evaluate Risks
    5. Treat Risks
  3. Financial Plan
    1. Summary of Historic Funding for Asset Management
    2. Define funding level available for Asset Management
    3. Define how funds will be allocated in the short and long term
    4. Define current value of assets
    5. Describe the Implications of various funding levels
  4. Manage the Effort
    1. Champion
    2. Project Manager
  5. Performance Measures
    1. Decision Making
    2. Making Progress on Goals
    3. Resource Allocation
    4. Output versus Outcome

Module 4: Transportation Asset Management Plan Components/Implementation

  1. TAMP Components
    1. Executive Summary
    2. Introduction
    3. Assets
    4. Levels of Service
    5. Life-Cycle Management
    6. Growth and Demand
    7. Financial Summary
    8. Asset Management Practices
    9. Improvement Plan
  2. Implementation
    1. Common Challenges
    2. Strategies to Implementation
    3. Approaches to Implementation
    4. Steps to Implementation


Walter C. Catlett

Mr. Catlett brings over 25 years of experience in urban drainage and stormwater management.  As a member of the American Concrete Pipe Association, he has designed, specified, manufactured and installed both flexible and rigid pipe systems. He provides education and technical assistance on proper installation of storm drainage products to contractors, consultants, local agencies and state DOTs.  He serves on Virginia’s Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) Advisory Board. He also serves on the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Research Advisory Council. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.  Mr. Catlett served in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army Reserves for a combined 30 years.

Who Should Attend

This class was developed for managers and workers alike. Previous experience with asset and data management is not required. Engineers, managers, planners, equipment operators, and laborers will learn techniques critical to the success of an agency’s transportation asset and management program.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Tribes: FREE
Local Government: $50
State/Federal: $85
Private Industry: $200

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