This pioneering text provides a holistic approach to decision making in transportation project development and programming, which can help transportation professionals to optimize their investment choices. The authors present a proven set of methodologies for evaluating transportation projects that ensures that all costs and impacts are taken into consideration.
Each chapter begins with basic definitions and concepts followed by a methodology for impact assessment. Relevant legislation is discussed and available software for performing evaluations is presented. At the end of each chapter, readers are provided resources for detailed investigation of particular topics. These include Internet sites and publications of international and domestic agencies and research institutions. The authors also provide a companion Web site that offers updates, data for analysis, and case histories of project evaluation and decision making.
Given that billions of dollars are spent each year on transportation systems in the United States alone, and that there is a need for thorough and rational evaluation and decision making for cost-effective system preservation and improvement, this text should be on the desks of all transportation planners, engineers, and educators. With exercises in every chapter, this text is an ideal coursebook for the subject of transportation systems analysis and evaluation.
Authors: Sinha, K.C., Labi, S. (2007)
Title: Transportation Decision-Making: Principles of Project Evaluation and Programming
Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ
This book presents an integrated systems approach to the evaluation, analysis, design, and maintenance of civil engineering systems. Addressing recent concerns about the world's aging civil infrastructure and its environmental impact, the author makes the case for why any civil infrastructure should be seen as part of a larger whole.
He walks readers through all phases of a civil project, from feasibility assessment to construction to operations, explaining how to evaluate tasks and challenges at each phase using a holistic approach. Unique coverage of ethics, legal issues, and management is also included.
Author: Labi, S. (2014)
Title: Introduction to Civil Engineering Systems
Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ
This text provides a logical, consistent, and integrated approach for highway infrastructure asset management using systematic procedures that combine engineering principles with sound business practices and economic theory. This is important at the current time because the concept of asset management has not been fully deployed at most highway agencies – most agencies have only one or two fairly well developed management systems that are intended to serve as the cornerstones of an overall highway management system.
The text presents an organized, sequential, and coherent didactic structure that combines the relevant tools and techniques for highway infrastructure asset management. This includes a methodology by which highway agencies can combine the several individual management systems (pavement, bridge, congestion, safety, and so on) into a single integrated system, thus enabling the asset manager to carry out integrated management tasks such comparing different projects using their different performance measures, project selection across multiple management systems, and analyzing trade-offs involving the different performance measures, budgets, and risk.
The book provides the needed material in a single comprehensive text that is not only consistent with current or intended practices in highway asset management, but also takes due cognizance of evolving trends in the highway environment and research findings. The text therefore provides academics and practitioners with a solid set of “how to” methodologies for developing an infrastructure asset management system or enhancing any such existing systems to address a variety of management functions. Furthermore, the text can serve as a central warehouse of reference material lists for persons interested in further study of material beyond what the text provides.
Authors: Sinha, K.C., Labi, S. (2018)
Title: Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Systems
Publisher: CRC Press