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2010 Kyoto University - UTC Joint Summer Training Course of Road Infrastructure Asset Management

Date: September 24 - 26, 2010
Venue: Conference Hall / University of Transport and Communications, Hanoi, Vietnam

Organized by:
- Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University
- University of Transport and Communications

Co-organized by:
- Center for Research in Business Administration
- Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University
- Kyoto University Global COE program (Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities)

Number of attendants: about 40 persons

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The "Road Infrastructure Asset Management course" is a part of the joint summer school training course since 2005. This course is aimed at giving 1) understanding concepts and basic theory of infrastructure asset management, 2) obtaining the fundamental knowledge to design and analyze road facilities consisting of pavements, slopes/embankments, bridges and tunnels using LCC considering cost and benefit as decision-making index, 3) understanding how to manage risks in general as well as in construction and operation periods of infrastructure facilities, 4) understanding how to apply the knowledge in practice and 5) qualified participants will be conferred the certificates. Besides, the contents of the classes are changing every year to satisfy most recent trends of the road asset management field. This course is opened to student, researchers and engineers even road administrators in Vietnam who has interest in much advanced road infrastructure asset management theory and practices. To guarantee the quality of the lectures, this course invited qualified experts from universities, research institutes and companies who have rich experiences with advanced technologies and knowledge relevant to road infrastructure asset management.
The final goal of this course is growing up the human resources who have deep understanding and knowledge on road infrastructure asset management system. This could be the most fundamental and best strategy that helps the Vietnamese government stand on their own feet by themselves.


In the summer training course, around 30 attendees participated from the first day. The training course was opened with an opening speech from the rector of UTC. First day (24th, Sep.), the training course was getting start with introduction of the Markov hazard model (Benchmark approach) applied to bridge management in NewYork city. Afterward, Hazard model, the heart of asset management theory was introduced by Dr. Mamoru Yoshida. A Vietnamese lecture, M.Sc. Nguyen Dinh Thao, gave a lecture on fundamental understanding about application of Markov transition probabilities, and estimation of LCC (Life Cycle Cost) using the result. In the next class, Dr. Kazuya Aoki introduced overall structure and its simple case in Japan. In the last class of the first day, Prof. Tomoki SHIOTANI emphasized on importance of monitoring with much advanced technology for bridge management.
The 2nd day, the lectures treats 1) the risk management in bridge (by Prof. Nguyen Viet Trung), 2) introduction of new paradigm of road infrastructure asset management (by Dr. Le Thanh NAM), 3) issues on practical system application of pavement management system (by M.Sc. Daeseok HAN), 4) Introduction of management system for highway in Japan (Dr. Keizo KAMIYA and Dr. Yasuhito Sakai) and 5) Slope and Embankment which are important parts of road facility (by Prof. Hiroyasu OHTSU). And last day, Kiyoshi KOBAYASHI (KU) gave a lecture on general description and perspective of road infrastructure asset management in future. In the next class, Dr. Le Thanh NAM (Osaka Univ.) showed and demonstrated the “E-BOOK on Asset Management Implementation” which is a fountain of basic and advanced knowledge, many field experiences, and even know-how for successful implementation. This is one of remarkable output of this training course.
As last class of the training course, Prof. Hirotaka KAWANO gave a lecture about concrete structure for building. This is another approach of asset management framework to different sector. After the summer school, every attendee took examination to check their understanding. By the result of the examination many attendees got a certificate jointly issued by Kyoto University and UTC.
By the training course, following achievements are expected; 1) Growing human resource, 2) Accumulating knowledge, technologies, experiences and know-how by the E-BOOK, 3) Enhancing mutual cooperation between governments, organizations, universities of two counties