This report documents the results of the two major Phase II tasks: (1) a state-of-the-art survey including a literature review to determine the extent to which systems that directly support intermodal services have been developed; and (2) a review and evaluation of the functional and technical characteristics of an IMIS general design. Results from each task were synthesized to form a baseline system recommendation that concentrates on three critical areas for initial IMIS development: (1) an intermodal equipment control system; (2) an intermodal repetitive waybilling and rating system; and (3) an intermodal profit analysis system. The cost-benefit analysis of the proposed fully-operational system shows the recommended baseline system is not only feasible, but desirable, and would provide long-term cost savings. Additionally, the report addresses utilization of a data base management system (not recommended), and use of a minicomputer programmed in a high-level language (recommended). A high degree of isolation from host teleprocessing and data bases is required to develop an IMIS which can interface with a majority of existing railroad systems.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with R. Short, R. Holland and J. Robertson of the Norfolk and Western Railway. Final Report is available from NTIS PB-282287.
  • Corporate Authors:

    PRC Systems Sciences Company

    7600 Old Springhouse Road
    McLean, VA  United States  22101
  • Authors:
    • Peternick, J
    • Fredrickson, V
    • Heisey, M
    • Pflugrad, A
    • Rynders, B
    • Rudwick, B
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 96 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179110
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/OPPD-78/12 Intrm Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-741-5157
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM