Asset Management

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Asset Management Office (AMO) guides the MDOT SHA Asset Management Program toward optimal performance, using risk-based resource allocation to maintain all roadway assets in a good state of repair.

MDOT SHA maintains more than 75 types of transportation assets across 14 critical asset classes with a total replacement value of more than $39 billion. This program continually prioritizes asset needs based on age, condition, criticality and risk. It implements standards, improves systems and data, fosters collaboration and strengthens institutional knowledge.

The office has a director's office and three divisions: Asset Data Operations, Asset Optimization and Preservation Delivery.

The Director’s Office

The Director’s Office oversees the three AMO Divisions, guiding the way that MDOT SHA manages its infrastructure across 14 asset classes. The Director’s Office ensures intra- and inter-office coordination, oversees highway asset performance through target monitoring and directs performance-based planning, budget and staffing. The director ensures that MDOT SHA complies with state and federal regulations for performance and asset management.

Asset Data Operations Division

The division ensures that collection of field asset data around the state is of high quality by assisting local and other statewide offices. The division analyzes and interprets asset data to assess conditions. It ensures that required input data is accurate and readily available for MDOT SHA, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) business units, stakeholders and external customers.

Data Compilation & Governance Section

This section compiles, collects, curates and manages all asset class information as an Asset Data Service Warehouse. With asset data governance and business process implementation, this section serves as MDOT SHA’s official asset data clearing house. It manages baseline MDOT SHA asset inventory data for performance reporting that is required by regulation, policy, and support systems. It conducts gap analysis. It also ensures that offices and districts that collect field data use business processes and protocols to ensure adequate data quality.

Asset Information Management Section

This section develops, deploys and maintains enterprise asset management systems that ensure that all asset operations, maintenance activities and work orders are managed properly. It is responsible for business processes, workflows and initial data analysis protocols that support day-to-day operations, planning and tactical decisions.

Asset Optimization Division

This division utilizes asset conditions and criticality data in a life-cycle planning framework and recommends optimized budget allocations. It utilizes asset data from statewide geographical and mapping platforms to develop economic and life-cycle analysis models for transportation investments. It also oversees MDOT SHA asset management planning, risk and resiliency programs, and compliance with state and federal requirements.

Data Modeling & Analysis Section

This section utilizes asset conditions, performance, criticality and risk data to optimize short, mid, and long-term budget allocation recommendations. It analyzes inventory, condition and criticality of various asset classes to identify trends, gaps and risks. This section also develops enterprise risk register, predictive condition models and cross asset allocation tools based on various funding levels.

Life Cycle Planning & Performance Section

This section supports the MDOT SHA Asset Management Plan, MDOT Strategic Asset Management Plan, performance-based planning, life cycle planning and state-of-good-repair planning. It develops the Maryland Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) to comply with current federal highway authorization under the MAP-21/ FAST Act and under future authorizations. TAMP/AMP efforts led by this section result in a risk-based financial plan and project/ strategy recommendations. This section also leads internal and external stakeholder coordination and outreach that advances the state of practice of the Asset Management Program.

Asset Preservation Delivery Division

The Asset Preservation Delivery Division manages several Capital Program System Preservation funds (30, 75, 76 & 87) and makes project selections and delivery recommendations to MDOT SHA leadership. This activity includes planning, coordination and outreach with the seven MDOT SHA districts and various offices to select the most effective contract delivery methods and ensure that project management plans are executed efficiently. This division monitors budget expenditures, project schedules and progress to meet financial targets. It is also responsible for inter-office coordination and reporting of funds (29, 38 & 85).

The division has two sections: one that oversees fund management of system preservation projects (about $195 million/ year) and the other that manages accessibility and mobility project funds (about $60 million/year). Both sections ensure individual funding program cash flows and yearly budgets are met by partnering with the offices administering the contracts. Both sections work closely with the Office of Deputy Administrator for District Operations, Office of Finance, Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering and Office of Equal Opportunity to select federal and state options and minority-owned methods. It monitors financial reports and meets frequently with individual district officials to ensure effective project management.

Accessibility & Mobility Projects Fund Management Section

  • Fund 30 – Crash Prevention: This fund underwrites the following types of projects: roundabouts, minor geometric improvements, capital remedial improvements and general corridor improvements.
  • Fund 76 – Safety and Spot Improvement: This fund underwrites the following types of projects: safety improvements at high accident locations, intersections capacity improvements, slide repairs, roundabouts, ramp modifications and railroad crossings.
  • Fund 87 – Intersection Capacity: This fund underwrites the following types of projects: geometric improvements to improve mobility at congested intersections.

System Preservation Projects Fund Management Section

  • Fund 77 – Resurfacing and Rehabilitation: This fund underwrites the following types of projects: joint and crack sealing, patching, micro-surfacing, chip seal, thin overlays, and resurfacing projects. Fund 77 also includes traffic barriers, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) mandated sidewalks and line striping for resurfacing projects.

Learn more about asset management at MDOT SHA in the brochure below.

Asset Management 2021