A Maintenance Management System for Highways & Urban Streets

by Waheed Uddin, Univ of Mississippi, Silver Spring, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputers in Transportation


This paper describes the establishment of a comprehensive management system for highways and urban streets of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In this important United Nations project for the Government of Dubai, maximum use of local staff expertise and microcomputer were emphasized in order to achieve self reliance within a short period of two years. A comprehensive inventory database of highway and urban street networks was developed using DBASE IV software. The APWA-MicroPAVER software and appropriate interface application programs have been implemented for pavement distress database analysis, budget analysis an d management reports generation. A methodology has been developed to link the pavement management system database with the GIS software for future generation of street and highway network maps. This is accomplished by relating a key field of unique road section identification code in the pavement management system database with the corresponding fields of coordinates in the GIS database. The project resulted in the establishment of a Pavement Management Services (PMS) Unit within the Roads Department for routine operations. The project also demonstrated that various microcomputer database and analysis software programs can be easily implemented with some or no modifications; however, a comprehensive engineering management system should include customized data collection management and operation protocols and regulations, as needed under the local organization structure of the agency, engineering practice, and environment.

Subject Headings: Highway and road management | Systems management | Computer software | Streets | Urban and regional development | Databases | Data analysis | Maintenance and operation | United Arab Emirates | Middle East | Asia | Dubai

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