Capital Improvement Program Optimization
The state of infrastructure across this nation has become a critical factor relative to its well being. This is a rather broad brush statement but if one considers the changes that have taken place in this country over the last ten years alone, one can see drastic shifts in economic and socio/political demographics in this country which have redefined its infrastructure needs. Add to this the impact of technology adoption on a global level, and it becomes quite clear that the ability to manage our nation's infrastructure lifecycle (Infrastructure Lifecycle Management) must be considered a key element and competency for this nation to maintain its global leadership position.
An assessment of this nation's infrastructure conducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) resulted in ASCE's 2005 Report Card for America's Infrastructure. The report card assessing the same 12 infrastructure categories as done previously in 2001 augmented by 3 new categories showed that there had been little if any improvement since receiving an overall grade of D+ in 2001 with some areas slipping toward failing grades. Figure 1.1 displays the findings of this assessment as represented in the ASCE report card. Details and definitions of the categories can be found at http://www.asce.org/reportcard/2005/index.cfm.
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