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Title:Statistical Analysis and Sampling Standards for Maintenance Management Quality Assurance
Authors:Xiaoyue Cathy Liu and Zhuo Chen
University:University of Utah
Publication Date:Jun 2018
Report #:MPC-18-350
Project #:MPC-494
TRID #:01675096
Keywords:asset management, data collection, maintenance management, methodology, quality assurance, spatial analysis, standards, statistical sampling
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications



Maintenance management has relied heavily on collecting asset condition information to plan maintenance activities and budget allocation. Data collection is often conducted on a sampling basis because of resource constraints. There is thus a perceived need for the development of an effective sampling framework that can determine statistically representative samples, reflect the true level of maintenance (LOM) at state, region, and station levels, and accommodate agencies' requirements. This project advances existing knowledge by presenting a systemic approach for a sampling scheme development to assist maintenance activity planning. The proposed method addresses how much and where agencies need to collect asset condition data for accurate LOM estimation. The method integrates Fisher information with a spatial sampling technique that can be customized based on local agencies' requirements, such as station balanced, spatially balanced, or others. The framework is showcased via an example application of the Signage Repair and Replace database maintained by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). Four sampling methods that might be tempered to various needs are implemented. Sampling results are presented and compared against historical full asset inventory via similarity analysis. The proposed framework lays a strong theoretical foundation for maintenance asset sampling and is effective for estimating LOM at state, region, and station levels to assist with budget allocation. The method can be easily transferable and adoptable to other agencies for optimal maintenance management.

How to Cite

Liu, Xiaoyue Cathy, and Zhuo Chen. Statistical Analysis and Sampling Standards for Maintenance Management Quality Assurance, MPC-18-350. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2018.

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