The Center for Technology & Training (CTT) developed and has supported the Roadsoft asset management system in 1991 for the Michigan Department of Transportation, when such a system was envisioned as a “best practice” for supporting Michigan’s local agencies in their effort to manage their road and bridge assets efficiently.
Over the years, Roadsoft became a “one-stop shop” for asset and safety management data for local agencies due to the continued support of MDOT as well as to specific developments supported by the Safety Programs Unit. In the fall of 2016, the CTT completed a two-year project to develop the needed functionality in Roadsoft that allows MDOT to take advantage of Roadsoft as a tool for the Department’s use. These functional changes were necessary because Roadsoft has historically been geared toward local agency needs. With the completion of this development, the safety functions of Roadsoft have evolved to the point where MDOT now uses Roadsoft as a tool for accomplishing its misslon to improve safety on Michigan’s roads.
While this development task has been completed, needs like ongoing maintenance, training technical support, and data handling will have to be addressed in order for MDOT to take full advantage of the Roadsoft tool. This proposal outlines the tasks and level of effort necessary to support MDOT’ s use of the safety tools in Road soft.
CTT staff will integrate Elkhart County’s street sign location and inventory data into Roadsoft that exist along roads specified in the county’s GIS document. If additional sign inventory data is provided it may also be imported at the CTT’ s discretion if it can be directly related to existing Roadsoft sign inventory data fields. This data will be provided to the County for use in their licensed version of Roadsoft.
Roadsoft is a roadway asset management system for collecting, storing, and analyzing data associated with transportation infrastructure. Built on an optimum combination of database engine and GIS mapping tools, Roadsoft provides a quick, smooth user experience and almost unlimited data handling capabilities.
Roadsoft’s development began in 1992 based on input and guidance from local road agencies in Michigan. Over 400 road agencies and consultants use Roadsoft to manage their roads, signs, guardrails and other roadway assets. The software is maintained by a team of software engineers and civil engineers at the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) at Michigan Technological University.
MERL is a software suite that helps transportation engineers create road and bridge project estimates, enter and analyze bids for local jobs, and track daily postings and payment estimates. In addition, MERL provides engineers with access to various Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) resource documents.
SPONSOR: MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (MDOT)
PI: Tim Colling
The Model Inventory Roadway Elements (MIRE) Fundamental Data Elements (FDE) are federally required by the MAP-21/FAST-Act transportation legislation and will aid in crash analysis. Currently, Michigan does not have a method for collection all MIRE FDEs from the over 600 local transportation agencies and then making data available for local use.
The Center for Technology & Training at Michigan Tech has assisted MDOT since the 1980s and has developed and supported the Roadsoft Asset Management system for local agencies to manage their road and bridge assets efficiently.
While many of the data elements necessary to meet MIRE FDE requirements are present in Roadsoft, the software does not collect and store all MIRE or MIRE FDE elements in a format that meets national reporting requirements. The proposed work will generate a number of pre-generated reporting tools necessary for reviewing and finalizing the collection and delivery of data.
Tasks included in this project are:
Add new and modified fields MIRE Road Segment Fields of; direction of inventory, access control, median type and one/two way operations to the Road Module and Laptop Data Collector. This task will also modify the following; type of government ownership and surface type.
Addition of new MIRE intersection field Approach Identifier and modify existing fields; new traffic control field and intersection geometry.
Create a roadway intersection export/report of the following fields for paved federal-aid roads owned by local agencies including; segment identifier, route number, route/street name, federal aid/route type and rural/urban designation.