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 the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) 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 Planning and Research Division. To take full advantage of this tool requires the use of a geographic information systems (GIS) platform, which, right now is not available to 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 the future needed DarwinME calibration. Public utilities and many other agencies have converted over to a global positioning system (GPS) using latitude and longitude. AHTD is also using this GPS system in several applications. However, the use of GPS for generating a database for maintenance activities has not reached the District Maintenance personnel. An investigation into the use of GIS data collection for maintenance operations is needed. A procedure for utilizing this data into a GIS environment would then be developed.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

      P.O. Box 2261
      Little Rock, AR  United States  72203
    • Project Managers:

      Rowlett, Michael

      Frierson, Tymli

    • Performing Organizations:

      Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

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

      Rowlett, Michael

      Frierson, Tymli

    • 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 State Highway and Transportation Department
    • Contract Numbers: TRC-1307
    • Files: RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 1 2014 1:41AM