A Graphics-Based System for Urban Roadway Management

by Xin Chen, Univ of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States,
Terry Dossey, Univ of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States,
José Weissmann, Univ of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States,
W. Ronald Hudson, Univ of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure: Planning and Management


This paper describes a graphics-based system for urban roadway management. The main objective of the system is to select the cost effective maintenance and rehabilitation (M&R) projects for small size and medium size cities. The system can be run on any IBM compatible personal computer with a VGA monitor. The system consists of a database, a model base, and a graphics base. The methodology adapted for developing the system is unique because all the three bases are integrated by a graphical interface. Major input data for the system include section identification, construction date, current average daily traffic, truck percentage, traffic increase rate, and overall pavement condition rating for each section or pavement distresses. The basic outputs of the system cover M&R strategy pavement evaluation models, M&R strategy assignment model and M&R project prioritization model. The graphics base includes a street map and various bar charts and scale diagrams. The system is simple and flexible and user-friendly.

Subject Headings: Highway and road management | Graphic methods | Urban development | Traffic management | Pavement condition | Vehicle-pavement interaction | Management methods | Computer models

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