Investigating the Use of GPS Data Collection for Maintenance Operations

Locating maintenance activities has long been accomplished using the established County, Route, Section and Log Mile identification system. This system has served as the method to locate events and assets on the State's Highway System. District maintenance operations heavily rely on this system for reporting where work is performed. Currently, some assets and events that ARDOT has collected are stored in databases and have the primary fields (county, route, section and log miles) that allow the data to be linked to the Road Inventory and mapped on the Linear Referencing System (LRS) that is maintained by the System Information and Research Division. To take full advantage of this tool requires the use of a GIS platform, which, right now is not available to our Maintenance personnel in the field. While maintenance personnel do have the use of Route and Section maps, which report the begin and end log mile of the Highway System and the log miles of all bridges present on the Highway System, it still requires a lot of interpretation to find an accurate log mile to report. The use of a GIS platform based data collection process along with SiteManager will allow for future Pavement ME calibration. Some public utilities and other agencies have converted over to a global positioning system (GPS) using latitude and longitude. Although GPS is being used in other areas of the Department, the use of GPS for generating a maintenance activity database has not reached the District Maintenance personnel. An investigation into the use of GIS data collection for maintenance operations is needed. This project seeks to determine the feasibility of implementing GPS electronic maintenance activity record keeping the Department. Also included in this project is the evaluation of collection devices and software for these devices. The overall goal of this project is to select a collection system to be utilized for all maintenance assets and functions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Final Report Pending


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $176820.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Dailey, Chris

  • Performing Organizations:

    Arkansas Department of Transportation

    P.O. Box 2261
    Little Rock, AR  United States  72203
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dailey, Chris

  • Start Date: 20120701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 32792

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01542992
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Arkansas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: TRC1307
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2014 1:41AM