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April 1, 2012
Deighton Blogs
by Craig German, Deighton

A new feature added to deighton.com in January was a series of blogs written by our own industry experts. Deighton Blogs provide commentary on a wide range of topics For example, we currently have four blogs:

What sets blogs apart from news articles is the ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format. Blogs entries will be posted every three months to allow for your comments.

We encourage your feedback and suggestions for future blogs.

Denver Open House
by Dan Roberts, Deighton

Deighton “officially” celebrated the opening of our Denver Office with an Open House on March 7, 2012. (The Denver Office was opened on September 12, 2011, but extensive construction in the high-rise office building where we are located delayed holding our Open House until this month.)

A full house included guests from many of our municipal and county clients in Colorado, along with a number of staff from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Industry partners in attendance included Mark Hamouz, Principal with Lonco, Inc. Managers of two local public works agencies (Denver and Northglenn) were also in attendance.

Deighton staff in attendance included Vicki Deighton, CEO; Rob Piane, Vice President; Gary Ruck, Engineering Manager, Robert DeSanti, Director of Market Expansion; Andres Carvallo; Implementation Specialist; and Dan Roberts, U.S. Operations Manager. Following the Open House, Deighton hosted a Client Appreciation Dinner at Hacienda Colorado. Everyone enjoyed the great food and socializing in typical “Deighton” fashion!

Downloading and Uploading Files
by Craig German, Deighton

In the March Insider we told you the Deighton Client Area, formerly known as the Deighton Online Learning Community, has moved but still contains the same client resources. As a refresher, you just need to click on the Client Login button (located on the top right corner of every page) to access the Client Area. You will notice when you get to the login screen the User name drop down box containing agency names has disappeared. You will need to type in your agency name and corresponding password. If you have forgotten either of these please contact Craig German.

In addition to the new Deighton Client Area, we have also changed the way files are uploaded to Deighton. In the past if you needed to send us your database, for example, you used our ftp site. This will no longer be the method for uploading files to us. We will now be using a software called Sharefile to handle large uploads (to big to email). If you need to upload a file please contact us. You will then receive an email from us with a link to upload your file. Yes, its that easy:)

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by Jeff Zavitski, Deighton

Congratulations to Stephanie Weigel (North Dakota DOT) who completed the March Insider Challenge. A $25.00 Starbucks Gift card is on its way Stephanie!

The March challenge asked users to pick one of their dTIMS CT treatments and describe the treatment resets used for that treatment. Each treatment used within the dTIMS CT life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) has an impact to the analysis in terms of a cost to the agency for performing the work (treatment cost) and a benefit to the asset the work is completed on. Treatment resets can impact the condition of the asset and can also change the deterioration of that asset following the application of the treatment.

When defining a treatment reset, the treatment reset collection editor allows users to define a series of resets for any of the analysis variables used within the analysis. Each treatment reset requires an Analysis Variable to reset, a Boolean Filter Expression to determine which elements in the analysis are reset by the given Analysis Expression which finally instructs dTIMS CT on how to calculate the value of the analysis variable following the treatment.

April's Challenge: Write a paragraph describing the assets that you are analyzing in your dTIMS CT analysis. Describe the assets, how many different dTIMS CT perspectives are used to store the data describing that asset, and how the project sections or analysis elements are determined. Are your assets a point asset or a section asset? Do you use fixed project sections or are the project sections determined each year through dFRAG or through dynamic segmentation and concurrent transformation?

Be sure to submit your challenge response to support@deighton.com by April 27, 2012.

Each entry received will be entered into a draw for a Starbucks Coffee Card and the winner will be announced in the next issue!

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