A variety of computer tools are being used by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to serve diverse maintenance management needs. Many of the tools are individually tailored for a specific purpose and lack the functionality to share data with other applications. This has resulted in the establishment of numerous databases which are optimized for focused objectives, but unavailable for broader management needs. The objectives of this study were: (1) to examine the Feature Inventory module in the COBOL-based Maintenance Management System (MMS) and translate the COBOL files into formats that can be used directly by Geographical Information Systems (GISs); (2) to develop an ArcView application for displaying the translated feature inventory data on a map of the state routes; (3) to develop a custom task module that directly accesses the translated feature inventory data and displays it on a map of the state routes; (4) to recommend a strategy to transition from the current situation to one in which data from specific task modules is available for broader management purposes; (5) to include the Orange Book and Inhouse Maintenance data into this project; and (6) to deliver data and software utilities to UDOT. During this study the contents of four separate and unique databases were extracted and translated into a common database format. Visual displays of the data on the UDOT State Highway Route map were then generated and revealed data discrepancies and inconsistencies. Two approaches to analysis were conducted and compared: conventional ArcView and Custom Modules using Map Objects (trademark). Based on findings from this study, an implementation plan is proposed for the initiation of a System Integration Architecture by the UDOT Maintenance Division.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 82 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00748689
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Report No. 98-89,, UDOT UT-98.02
  • Created Date: May 8 1998 12:00AM