WHAT IS AN AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR HIGHWAYS?

VARIOUS FACETS OF THE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM EMPLOYED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT ARE EXAMINED. IN ADDITION TO SATISFYING MANAGEMENT-BY-EXCEPTION REQUIREMENTS FOR TOP MANAGEMENT, THE WASHINGTON AUTOMATED CONTROL SYSTEM (WACS) PROVIDES PLANNING, SCHEDULING, AND UPDATING INFORMATION FOR A CRITICAL PATH PROCEDURE COVERING UP TO 500 PROJECTS. WACS HAS THE CAPABILITY TO MAKE COMPARISONS AMONG 1000 ACTIVITIES IN THESE PROJECTS OVER A 6-YEAR TIME SPAN. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT TOP MANAGEMENT BE CLOSELY INVOLVED IN SYSTEM DESIGN, IN DECISIONS RELATED TO THE EFFECT OF THE SYSTEM ON ESTABLISHED PRACTICES, AND IN DIRECTION AND EVALUATION OF COMPUTER OPERATIONS. MANAGEMENT HAS OFTEN ADOPTED A HANDS-OFF ATTITUDE TOWARD THE AUTOMATION FUNCTION BECAUSE OF ITS PRESUMED ESOTERIC QUALITY; HOWEVER, WASHINGTON HAS SUCCESSFULLY INSTITUTED MEASURES FOR EVALUATING COMPUTER PERSONNEL AND OPERATIONS. ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM SHOULD SATISFY THE FOUR CRITERIA OF LOWER COSTS, FASTER RESULTS, GREATER ACCURACY, AND FACILITY IN HANDLING COMPLEX TASKS. MANAGEMENT MUST SEEK OUT NEW FUNCTIONS WHERE AUTOMATION WILL MEET THESE CRITERIA AND ACHIEVE BALANCE IN THE ALLOCATION OF AUTOMATION RESOURCES. ANOTHER GOAL SHOULD BE HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL COORDINATION, IN THE FIRST CASE AMONG AGENCIES WITH SIMILAR OR RELATED ACTIVITIES (E.G., CENSUS AGENCIES) AND IN THE SECOND AMONG FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT.

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  • Accession Number: 00243121
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309019974
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2001 12:00AM