The Montana Department of Highways has started on a pilot project to use geographic positioning system/geographic information system (GPS/GIS) technology combined in a system caled GeoLink. The pilot project will establish the cost benefits and potentials as well as limitations of the sohpisticated technology. GeoLink incorporates a multi-purpose GIS, and Pathfinder AGPS receiver. GPS is a sophisticated navigation system that uses satelites to pinpoint any location on earth accurately and efficiently. The use of GPS to locate a position is described. The Montana built a well integrated GIS database that identified all aspects of the highways, including location, construction, signage, and structures relating to the highway within or affecting the right-of-way. Details of Montana's database, which consists of linear features and point features, are described. The database structure allows for uniform treatment of a wide variety of features, future expansion of the system, and extraction of feature classes into subsidiary databases for specific analysis. It is noted that the GPS/GIS gives the most practical solutions to highway maintenance inventory problems.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

    380 E Northwest Highway, Suite 200
    Des Planes, IL  United States  60016-2282
  • Publication Date: 1991-3

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  • Accession Number: 00605227
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM