A Microcomputer Based Street Inventory System

by Donna C. Nelson, Univ of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications Within the Urban Transportation Environment


Maintaining a Roadway Inventory Management System, or any inventory system, is an ongoing problem for many agencies. The filing cabinet system is clumsy and time consuming. Mainframe computer systems, while extremely powerful and fast, are usually expensive to maintain and operate. Microcomputer based systems are becoming a successful alternative. The program described in this paper was developed in the spring of 1984 as a Masters Project at Texas A&M University. It is a Roadway Inventory System modeled after a mainframe system in use by the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation in Houston. The software used is dBASE II. Operation of the program requires a microcomputer with two drives and at least 64 K of memory, and the dBASE II software by Ashton-Tate.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Systems management | Computer software | Highways and roads | Inventories | Colleges and universities | Public transportation | Architecture | Texas | United States

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