In Salt Lake City, Utah, staff meteorologists stationed at a TOC provided detailed weather forecast data to winter maintenance personnel, reducing costs for snow and ice control activities, and yielding a benefit-to-cost ratio of 10:1.
By examining the labor and materials cost for winter maintenance in the 2004-2005 season for 77 UDOT sheds, an artificial neural network model was trained and tested to establish the shed winter maintenance cost as a function of UDOT weather service usage, evaluation of UDOT weather service, level-of maintenance, seasonal vehicle-miles traveled, anti-icing level, and winter severity index.
Having a weather meteorologist work in a TOC can increase the accuracy of local weather forecast information resulting in improved operations and cost savings benefits. Through the UDOT Weather Operations Program, meteorologists based at the TOC use information from environmental sensing stations in the field to provide detailed forecasts to winter maintenance personnel, saving $2.2 million per year in labor and materials for snow and ice control activities. That is, approximately 18 percent of the 2004-2005 labor and material costs. The program had an estimated benefit-to-cost ratio of 10:1.
Evaluation of Utah Department of Transportation’s Weather Operations/RWIS Program: Phase I
Author: Shi, Xianming, et al.
Published By: Prepared by the Western Transportation Institute for the Utah DOT
Source Date: February 2007
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Intelligent Transportation Systems > Road Weather Management > Information Dissemination > Internet/Wireless/Phone
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Road Weather Management > Surveillance, Monitoring, & Prediction > Atmospheric Conditions
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Road Weather Management > Surveillance, Monitoring, & Prediction > Pavement Conditions
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Road Weather Management > Response & Treatment > Mobile Winter Maintenance
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Transportation Management Centers > Permanent TMCs > Multi-Agency/Co-Located
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RWIS, ESS, Environmental Sensor Station, RWIS Station, road monitoring, weather station, environmental sensing station, road weather vehicle tracking, winter maintenance vehicle