A Pavement Management System for Cities & Counties

by Shirley Rodenborn, Metropolitan Transportation, Commission, Oakland, CA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation II


A regional agency, a pavement management consultant and six cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area have jointly developed a Pavement Management System (PMS) which runs on a micro computer. This paper briefly describes the PMS in terms of its major objectives, inputs, components and outputs (reports). The focus is on the computer hardware, software and operating environment: specifically, how the user interacts with the system. This Pavement Management System is a network level tool that allows the user to have an inventory of their streets and roads, to test different maintenance strategies, to analyze the effects of various funding policies and to produce a variety of reports showing the future road conditions and costs resulting from the decisions. This paper documents pitfalls in implementing a user-oriented system where the users have varying levels of expertise and describes solutions that worked for us.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Pavements | Computing in civil engineering | Urban and regional development | Information systems | Highway and road management | Coastal management | San Francisco Bay Area | California | United States

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