11-01: Cost-Benefit Analysis Toolkit (Phase II)

cost-benefit2Problem

To help winter highway maintenance managers justify the costs of new materials and equipment in the face of frequent budget cuts, Clear Roads funded the Cost-Benefit Analysis Toolkit – Phase I research project. Clear Roads members were pleased with the resulting toolkit and decided to expand and enhance it further.

Objective

This Phase II research project enhanced the Cost-Benefit Analysis Toolkit developed in Phase I, addressing issues and expanding its functionality to include additional materials, equipment and methods.

Results

An updated version of the Cost-Benefit Analysis Toolkit that provides the following:

  • Ability to run on more versions of Internet browsers.
  • Reporting in additional formats (such as Microsoft Word) for easier manipulation for presentation.
  • Ability to save multiple scenarios and revisit them.
  • Options to analyze more winter maintenance materials, equipment and methods.

See the  article in the “Winter Maintenance Supplement” of Roads and Bridges magazine (June 2013 issue).

 

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