The requirement of local authorities for more efficient road maintenance programmes has led to the establishment of TARA, a digitised network referencing system. 10 local authorities have been successfully using the system and an updated version, TARA 2000, is to be launched. The core of the TARA locational referencing system is a structured network of links subdivided into sections and nodes and digitised using ordnance survey grid references. The network is capable of interrogations and aggregation and allows the connectivity of adjoining links to be simply established at the appropriate node. TARA 2000 can provide a core to which can be added routine maintenance management information, street lighting, accident data and inspection records. TARA 2000 has been successfully interfaced with PLANES, SIR+, G-FIS and ORACLE databases. The benefits of TARA 2000 are summarised and include a recognisable image of the network, superimposition of data on the map, facility for cross-referencing disparate data sources and easy access of information. The equipment and manpower required are described. The author suggests TARA 2000 can provide an invaluable base for a highways management information system and prove economical in an area which often consumes substantial resources.

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    Reed Business Information, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Hutchinson, D
  • Publication Date: 1989-12-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 16-17
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 172
    • Issue Number: 5074
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606704
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM