Local Technical Assistance Program Director honored

Photo courtesy: TAMC - Tim Colling (center) and CTT Staff: Vicki Sage, Chris Gilbertson,...
Photo courtesy: TAMC - Tim Colling (center) and CTT Staff: Vicki Sage, Chris Gilbertson, Christine Codere and John Kiefer (Photo taken by Jim Lemay, MDOT) (WLUC)
Published: Nov. 10, 2016 at 10:27 AM EST
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The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) has honored Tim Colling, PhD, P.E. with the 2016 TAMC Carmine Palombo Individual Award. The award was presented by TAMC Chair Joanna I. Johnson at the annual TAMC Fall Conference on Thursday, October 13, in Marquette, Michigan.

In 2015, the TAMC renamed the Individual Achievement Award in honor of Carmine Palombo for his years of service and dedication to the TAMC representing the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). The TAMC awards individuals that have demonstrated outstanding support in implementing one or more of the following categories: demonstrated knowledge of transportation asset management, advocacy and support of asset management principles, and demonstrated leadership and vision.

When told that Tim Colling was going to be receiving the award that carries his name, Carmine Palombo said, “I can think of no more deserving person than Tim Colling to be recognized for all of his work in assisting the (TAMC) Council to get to where they are today.” Palombo further added, “His efforts and leadership has simply lifted the practice and promotion of asset management all across Michigan.”

Tim Colling worked as a civil engineering consultant for ten years prior to starting work at the Michigan Technological University’s Center for Technology and Training (CTT). In 2010, Colling assumed the responsibilities of director, including leadership of the Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). Colling and his team at CTT provide basic and advanced training on a wide array of topics to support the management of transportation systems, including TAMC’s annual Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) program, Bridge Asset Management programs, the Asset Management for Elected Officials training and several other programs. CTT is also the home of Roadsoft, which is a roadway management information system used by transportation agencies across Michigan and now in some parts of Indiana.

TAMC Chair Johnson shared, “It is an honor to recognize Tim for all of his efforts in supporting agencies across the state build on the principles of asset management. Tim’s unique approach to sharing technical data enables agencies to better understand and implement these principles within their communities.”

Transportation asset management is a process of managing public assets, such as roads and bridges, based on the long-range condition of the entire transportation system. The TAMC, created in 2002 by the Michigan Legislature, promotes the concept that the transportation system is unified, rather than separated by jurisdictional ownership. Its mission includes to recommend an asset management strategy to the State Transportation Commission and the Michigan Legislature for all of Michigan's roads and bridges.