A Time Series Framework for Infrastructure Management

We present an integrated framework to address performance prediction and maintenance optimization for transportation infrastructure facilities. The framework is based on formulating the underlying resource allocation problem as discrete- time, stochastic optimal control problem with linear dynamics and a quadratic criterion. Facility deterioration is represented as a time series which provides an attractive and rigorous approach to specify and estimate performance models. The state and decision variables in the framework are continuous which allows the framework to overcome important computational and statistical limitations that do not allow existing optimization models to address various problems that arise the management of transportation infrastructure. To illustrate the advantages of the proposed approach, we conduct a numerical study where we examine the case of multiple technologies being used simultaneously to collect condition data. Specifically, we illustrate how the framework can be used to quantify the effect of the capabilities of inspection technologies, i.e., precision, accuracy and relationships, on life-cycle costs. This information can be used to compute the operational value of combining technologies, and thus, to guide in their selection based on economic criteria.