The Use of Prototyping and Graphical Methods for Road Information and Management Systems

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by Marcus R. Wigan, Australian Road Research Board,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III:

Abstract: Graphics approaches to Pavement Management Systems offer a substantial aid to the early acceptance of and accessibility to the Road Information Systems presently available. The Apple Macintosh provides a suitable environment for flexible prototyping and field testing of such a system prior to the implementation of the final stem. A commercial graphics object-oriented data base system has been applied to produce a small prototype to illustrate how this approach can be put into practice at very low cost and little training. The approach is illustrated by some of the prototype systems used. The relationships are discussed between these systems and the major thrust of the field Pavement Management and Information interface system being developed in Australia. A further progressive line of development based on integrated graphics data bases for PMIS is outlined. Additional aspects of the subject are discussed.

Subject Headings: Information systems | Highway and road management | Systems management | Graphic methods | Management methods | Information management | Computer software | Highway engineering | Pavements | Field tests | Australia

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