Field Testing of Advanced Maintenance Data Acquisition Technologies in Three State DOTs

by William A. Hyman, Urban Inst, Washington, United States,
Roemer M. Alfelor, Urban Inst, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


Field testing and evaluation of advanced data acquisition technology in Maryland, Connecticut and Arizona showed the potential for state highway agencies to improve existing procedures for collecting and recording maintenance data. Pen-based systems, electronic clipboards, laptop computers, handheld data terminals, barcode scanners, voice recognition system, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, mobile cellular communications, and digitized maps were customized for field data collection involving work scheduling, work reporting and roadway feature inventory updating by highway maintenance managers. Some of these technologies were also applied to sign inventory and maintenance management. Findings of this NCHRP research study indicate that agencies can expect to raise their overall productivity and efficiency from automated data collection and processing operations involving the new technology.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Data collection | Maintenance and operation | Global navigation satellite systems | Highway and road management | Communication systems | Intelligent transportation systems | Computing in civil engineering | United States | Maryland | Connecticut | Arizona

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