Project Summary

To meet state and federal reporting requirements, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) must know what assets they have and where they are located. This challenge is complex because the network they are associated with is constantly changing and the linear nature of roadway information is not something that standard asset management or business intelligence tools can easily manipulate. In addition, with road network and feature information residing in a myriad of local repositories, ODOT struggled with issues of data and process duplication. ODOT needed a new, comprehensive, linear asset management solution – one that would enable more efficient data capture, analysis, and information mobility that would streamline processes and improve regulatory reporting.

ODOT used AssetWise as the foundation for TransInfo, its new system that reconciles and connects disparate asset data, seamlessly maintains a spatial representation of all information, and integrates all network assets and asset information systems. It provides a unified view of their entire road network and its associated features, such as speed limits and number of lanes. All information and data are easily accessible to ODOT and all other consumers. The system also interfaces easily with other ODOT systems.

ODOT can model and manage data in the most efficient manner for transactional data collection and maintenance and meet reporting requirements on time and with complete information through the new asset management system. The new system is expected to deliver approximately USD 3.4 million in tangible benefits, as well as many intangible ones. For example, it has significantly streamlined data entry and reporting, enhanced data accuracy and available detail, reduced risk of errors, cut training time, and improved safety. The new system also reduced time to enter construction planning information by 15 percent and labor costs related to data collection, entry, and maintenance by 10 percent. ODOT has also realized a 66 percent increase in overall efficiency, compared to when it used other systems.

With its integrated linear network management capabilities, AssetWise served as the foundation for TransInfo, as it provided a single source of truth for ODOT to manage all roadway asset information including spatial network data, inventory and maintenance data, asset data, road geometry data and road classification data. The Transportation Intelligence Gateway, which is part of AssetWise, provides powerful and flexible operational analytics that are integrated into ODOT’s transactional system, which uses linearly referenced data. TIG enabled Oregon DOT to overcome the linear reporting and analysis challenges that traditional asset management, business intelligence tools, and GIS software fail to address. TIG allows ODOT to dynamically segment the network and report against their road network in any way they wish to support crash statistics, federal reporting, and so on.

Project Playbook: AssetWise
  • Using AssetWise, ODOT has eliminated or reduced many duplicate systems, processes, procedures, and data.
  • The team can now easily generate accurate reports, including the Highway Performance Monitoring System to the Federal Highway Authority and support GASB34 financial reporting standards for asset reporting.
  • ODOT expects that the savings it realizes from its investment in AssetWise will pay for the new system in just five years.
  • “Bentley software supported the sophisticated reporting and analysis that Oregon DOT needed to proactively manage transportation assets. It allows us to report our data in ways that were previously unimaginable. Using the streamlined process, we can perform analysis on any linear-referenced dataset, including the standard or custom aggregate and analytical functions to generate data extracts.”

    Heather King Oregon DOT Road Inventory and Classification Service (RICS) Unit Manager Oregon Department of Transportation