Components of a Total Infrastructure Management Systemby Jeffrey Zavitski, Deighton Associates Ltd, Whitby, Canada,
Abstract: As more and more levels of government investigate the benefits of an infrastructure management system, the need for a generic and easily implemented system is becoming more apparent. What is needed is an 'off the shelf' system which allows the generation of an infrastructure construction program, no matter which level of government is using the system how many miles of intrastructure that agency has, or at which level of management the agency uses (project level or network level). An infrastructure management system must be state-of-the-art, it must use current technology and current management practices. It must allow consideration of all elements of the infrastructure when making pavement and infrastructure management decisions. This paper describes the components of an infrastructure management system and how these components can be made generic. An infrastructure management system must include modules for describing the condition of any infrastructure element; predicting the future performance of this condition; defining treatments; triggering treatments; calculating life-cycle costs; defining benefits; performing programming and budgeting; reporting; and displaying graphs. This paper also introduces dTIMS, a software solution to the need for a completely generic infrastructure management system. The flexibility of dTIMS allows the same piece of software to be used by different agencies around the world. For example, the State of North Dakota Department of Transportation and several cities within the state as well use the same software. dTIMS has enjoyed resounding success in each installation and has assisted these agencies in making better, more informed decisions regarding the management of their infrastructure.
Subject Headings: Systems management | Infrastructure | Computer software | Government | Professional societies | Information management | Information systems | Public policy
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