Missouri Department of Transportation: RDT Peer Exchange

Excellent input was received by all participants in the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Peer Exchange for the Division of Research, Development and Technology (RDT). Executive management showed their support by being available for three different sessions with the peer exchange team. The Senior Management Team provided an overview of their vision of how RDT should function. Research must cut across all areas of MoDOT. RDT should be aggressive in searching for new ways to extend service life and help with asset management. Deployment and implementation are key roles that RDT should focus on. RDT should be included and utilized in the Strategic Planning process of MoDOT. The goal of MoDOT is not necessarily to be first, nationally, in research but be in the first wave. Discussions with the Technical Review Committee concentrated on improving how RDT interacts with other divisions and district (field) personnel. The need for more technical assistance/consulting to be provided by RDT was emphasized, including timely responses. Personnel in MoDOT should become more involved in research projects by participating in the planning, investigation, and deployment stages. RDT needs to do a better job of marketing what they do. Representatives from the University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Missouri-Rolla discussed the current contracting relationship. Both universities believed the new directions will be much improved. The university basic agreement with task orders will be a major step in improving the timely approval of contracts. The recent partnership between MoDOT and the universities that establishes the Missouri Transportation Research and Education Center (MOTREC) is another major factor in developing strong working relationships between MoDOT and the two universities, both in research work and continued education. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) representatives encouraged identifying non-traditional funding opportunities for research as well as technology transfer processes. FHWA expressed strong support for MoDOT's research and technology transfer program. The peer exchange team summarized their comments into key points for presentation to executive management. There are a lot of good things going for MoDOT and the RDT Division: strong support of management; good staff and facilities; strategic plan/business plan alignment; strong FHWA support; positive relationship with Public Affairs; the staff is "open", approachable and easy to work with. The team stressed that executive management should convey their support for RDT across all of MoDOT. Their support is strong and will be a major element in the success of the division. Executive management should interact more frequently with RDT staff; assist RDT in expanding scope of research into all areas of the department's functions (including non-engineering areas); work closely with RDT to effectively utilize new funds that may be available through NEXTEA; be supportive of RDT in the development of staff, such as building career paths for professional staff as well as technicians; and aid RDT in consolidating MoDOT research into the one division. The Administrative team of RDT will review the results of the Peer Exchange and develop an action plan for capturing the opportunities that were identified in this process.


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  • Edition: Final Report
  • Pagination: 18p

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  • Accession Number: 01736172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Apr 14 2020 2:58PM