A Bumpy Road

by David A. Friedrichs, Pavement Mgmt. Engr.; Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, WI,
Stephen F. Shober, Chief Pavement Engr.; Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, Madison, WI,
William D. Duckert, Pavement Mgmt. Supervisor; Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, WI,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 4, Pg. 61-63

Document Type: Feature article


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) was among many state and local agencies to develop a comprehensive pavement management system in the late 1980s. Its system was unique in that it was based on a geographic information system (GIS) and reinforced with a pavement management decision support system (PMDSS). Within a few years, though, the system fell into disuse. An eight-month in-house investigation aimed to correct various flaws in the system and make it more user friendly. Among the areas the agency attempted to correct were: functional requirements, data requirements, organizational requirements and technology requirements. The result of the investigation was a pavement management system that was more flexible, dependable, and altogether easier to use.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Geographic information systems | Pavements | Information systems | Highway and road management | Organizations | Information management

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