A Two Phase Method for Determining Relevant Research Needs for the United States Winter Maintenance Community

Determining the research needs of the winter maintenance community is a difficult exercise and is highly dependent on recent past experience or external factors. In the United States several methodologies are utilized including peer exchange meetings, electronic list serves, and a National Center for Highway Research Program project produced a report titled “Grand Challenges: A Research Plan for Winter Maintenance” that identified challenges facing winter maintenance. Additionally, annual, biannual, and quadrennial scientific meetings offer venues where new research needs and results are presented and discussed. However, at the most recent peer exchange meeting, held in September 2013, a question was raised as to whether there might be research issues that had not been discussed, as well as how such issues might be identified and how those who had not been involved in the research needs discussion might be included. A two-part approach was undertaken to address potential shortcomings in the winter maintenance research needs identification process. First, the list serve was used to poll ideas for a top ten list of research needs. The same message used for the list serve was also sent to others in the International winter maintenance community, including members of the PIARC (Permanent International Association of Road Congresses) Technical Committee 2.4 Winter Service. This generated a list of 181 ideas, which were reviewed by the AASHTO Winter Maintenance Technical Services Program (WMTSP) Steering Committee. Committee members selected their top choices, and in addition, 74 of the ideas were used in an online survey to gather input from a broader audience. The online survey generated a top ten list of 11 ideas (two of them received identical scores). The process by which these research needs were identified and the outcome of this approach are discussed within.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 25th World Road Congress - Seoul 2015: Roads and Mobility - Creating New Value from Transport

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  • Accession Number: 01676778
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604235
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 0218
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2018 12:51AM