WORKING WITH A HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE SIMULATION MODEL...USING AN INTERACTIVE INPUT MODULE

The functions related to highway maintenance are often conceptually simple (repair the highway) and administratively complex (alternatives related to priorities, approaches, resources, and many others). Highway maintenance administrators are often faced with questions about which little or no definitive information exists and asked to make the proper decision. For example, if some amount of money is available for equipment which type of equipment should be purchased? How many such equipment units? Where should they be placed and so forth? The dilemma of wanting to do the job well (i.e., make the best decision) and not having sufficient data with which to work is disconcerting at best. The highway maintenance simulation model and accompanying input module described in this paper are intended to help alleviate the highway maintenance administrator's problem by providing an easy to use, flexible highway-maintenance-decision-laboratory in which alternative courses of action may be tested. At the January, 1979 Transportation Research Board meeting, the research required to perform the initial phase and several follow-up phases in the development of the model was presented in the paper "The Systematic Development of a Highway Maintenance Simulation Model." At that time, the model included several simplifying assumptions which made actual considerations regarding highway maintenance operations unrealistic (e.g., one manpower type, one equipment type, etc.). At the January, 1980 Transportation Research Board meeting, the complete simulation model was discussed and presented in the paper entitled "A Highway Maintenance Simulation Model." A description of the model's construction, typical input and output, and some interpreted results (based on an example) were given. This paper includes some of that same information, plus a discussion of the interactive input module. The input module has been added in order to simplify the process of examining different alternatives. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 57-65
  • Monograph Title: Maintaining the maintenance management system
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334228
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031117
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM