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February 1, 2012
ROMAN II Project Launched in Western Australia
by Rob Piane P. Eng., Deighton

During the early nineteen eighties, a group of Main Roads Western Australia (WA) and Local Government Engineers conceived the idea to use personal computers to develop a system to manage the Local Road Network. Working in-house they developed the "RoMan" software which was adopted by almost all Western Australian Local Governments. The software was owned by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Foundation (IPWEA) and Main Roads WA. In 2003, the management of ROMAN was contracted to the Western Australian Local Govenrment Association (WALGA).

In 2007 the ROMAN Management Committee determined that the aging software needed to be replaced. Opus International were appointed as consultants to determine the requirements and prepare specifications for the new system. It was determined that WALGA would sponsor and own the new system, with Main Roads WA and IPWEA as the primary customers and stakeholders.

ARRB Group Ltd. successfully tendered to replace the ROMAN system and build a support package for Local Government asset management, working with their software suppliers RAMM Software Limited (RSL) and Deighton Associates Limited. From late 2009 to the expected completion of mid 2012 the project team of ARRB, RSL, Deighton Associates, WALGA, Opus, IPWEA, Main Roads WA and independent contractors have worked to successfully develop and deliver the replacement software, training and support.

Deighton is pleased to have been part of this project team headed by ARRB. This project gave us the opportunity to widen our Australian distribution, work in cooperation with trusted partners and confirm the applicability of dTIMS CT in a Citrix environment.  We wish WALGA sustained success with the implementation. Deighton will do its part to help uphold the good work done by all with its persistent maintenance of the dTIMS CT software and continued support, through our association with ARRB.

Louisiana DOTD Visualizes GPR Data
by Arif Rrafiq, Deighton

dTIMS Online, a currently discontinued product, was Deighton’s predecessor to the current dTIMS md (Management Dashboard). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), a Deighton client for over 20 years, was one of the first users of this product and recently contracted Deighton to upgrade the ten year old online dashboard with the current dTIMS md. As part of this project, LADOTD also wanted a way to visualize their Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data which was recently collected on part of their network and publish this information on the web for easy access.

The Deighton Virtual Core product is a custom solution designed for LADOTD to visualize their GPR Data by generating a virtual representation of a core using a rich-web interface. The user can view a depth profile of a given road section and select individual “virtual cores” to view on the screen along with other data related to that road section. The user can also compare the GPR data with actual physical cores as core verification data is visualized alongside the virtual core.

Being part of dTIMS md, the virtual core product will be available via the internet to all LADOTD users with dTIMS md access privileges. Here is a sample screenshot.

Launch of New Deighton Website
by Craig German, Deighton

The official launch of the new Deighton website will occur the week of February 6, 2012.

As detailed in the December, 2011 edition of the Insider, the new site hopes to engage our audience more and streamline information retrieval for our existing users. The new website will feature fast, easy navigation ensuring a user-friendly visitor experience for desktop, mobile or tablet users.

As part of our redesign we will be incorporating several social media tools, with an emphasis on blogs by some of our industry experts. Internally, the new site will also help us streamline our resources including our Insider newsletter mailing and website analytics.

Current Deighton users will have access to a secure Client Area that will include: all of the content currently residing on the Deighton Online Learning Community, product service releases, FAQs, archived material (presentations and newsletters) and more. Access to this secure area will require you to use your existing userid and password.

Deighton at TRB
by Rob Desanti, Deighton

Deighton is proud to have exhibited at this year’s annual TRB Meeting which took place between January 22nd and the 26th.  The conference attracted more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C.

The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees-policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions.

Deighton would also like to extend our thanks to all who attended our annual client appreciation dinner, and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

 

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