Research Needs Assessment
The basis of the FPL research program for wood transportation structures is a comprehensive research needs assessment completed in 1993 as a cooperative project with Iowa State University and the Federal Highway Administration. The needs assessment, which involved an extensive survey to identify and prioritize research needs, has been a valuable tool for formulating and executing research projects. It includes a ranking of research needs by overall priority and a prioritized ranking of research needs by research area, including system development and design, lumber design properties, preservatives, alternative transportation system structures, inspection and rehabilitation, and technology and information transfer. A summary of accomplishments related to the needs assessment was published in 1998.
A revision of the needs assessment is currently in progress and will be posted when the final publication is complete.