EVALUATION OF EQUIPMENT UTILIZATION AND MANAGEMENT WITHIN THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS

AN ADMINISTRATIVE TASK FORCE PROPOSED A POSSIBLE APPROACH TO EVALUATION OF EQUIPMENT UTILIZATION AND MANAGEMENT. THIS APPROACH CENTERED AROUND PROVIDING THE ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: WHAT SHOULD BE EXPECTED OF THE DISTRICTS IN TERMS OF EQUIPMENT UTILIZATION? HOW COULD THESE EXPECTATIONS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT BE ACHIEVED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS? WHY IS THERE A VARIATION IN EQUIPMENT UTILIZATION AMONG DISTRICTS? IF FOUND APPROPRIATE OR DESIRABLE TO DO SO, HOW COULD VARIATIONS OF EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS AMONG DISTRICTS BE MINIMIZED OR BROUGHT UP TO THE LEVEL OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE DISTRICT? IN CARRYING OUT ITS RESEARCH, THE TASK FORCE USED STATISTICAL DATA AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE, FIELD OBSERVATIONS, INTERVIEWS WITH CENTRAL OFFICE AND FIELD PERSONNEL, AND THE PERSONAL JUDGMENT OF ITS MEMBERS. IMPLEMENTED RECOMMENDATIONS DESCRIBED AND ASSESSED IN TERMS OF THEIR DOCUMENTATION INCLUDED IN THIS PAPER ARE UTILIZATION STANDARDS FOR MOST OF THE CLASSES OF EQUIPMENT, IMPROVED MANAGEMENT INCENTIVES AND CONTROLS, A NEGATIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE POSSIBILITY OF UTILIZATION OF HIRED EQUIPMENT, ANNUAL ESTIMATES OF EQUIPMENT NEEDS AND AN ANNUAL EQUIPMENT BUDGET, AND INCREASED SUPPORT FOR THE ROLE OF DISTRICT EQUIPMENT SUPERINTENDENTS. ESTIMATED SAVINGS AMOUNT TO MORE THAN $450,000 ANNUALLY OR, IN OVERALL TERMS, A 13 PERCENT IMPROVEMENT IN EQUIPMENT UTILIZATION.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 36-43
  • Monograph Title: Highway and bridge maintenance: operations, costs, and modeling
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00219165
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309021839
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1974 12:00AM