Milwaukee's Work Tracking IMS: Building Upon a Geographic Foundation

by Linda Crownover, Roy F. Weston, Inc, Vernon Hills, United States,
Susan K. Lior, Roy F. Weston, Inc, Vernon Hills, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems


The City of Milwaukee's Department of Public Works is composed of eight operating Bureaus and a General Office and is responsible for maintaining the City's streets, sewers, water mains, public buildings, traffic lights and signs, bridges, and City telephone services. During a 1987 Information Management System study, a Work Information Tracking System (WITS) was identified to assist the DPW in managing its infrastructure. The WITS is composed of separate applications for each Bureau to track day to day activities. The applications require integration of several databases, including Work in Progress, Maintenance History, Facility Inventories, and the Geographic database. Although each application is developed based upon actual work procedures, requirements, and inventories for the individual Bureaus, WITS must integrate these applications and multiple databases to form a large-scale, citywide infrastructure management system. This paper describes the subsequent WITS design and presents a discussion of the benefit/cost analysis undertaken for project authorization.

Subject Headings: Information systems | Tracking | Information management | Systems management | Commercial buildings | Bridge foundations | Databases | Infrastructure | Wisconsin | United States

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