A GIS application for road asset management in Belize

Authors: Marion Cayetano*,
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Development
Keywords: GIS, "Road Asset Management", "data visualization"
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Bourbon Room, Astor, Mezzanine
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Road networks are essential for growth and development. A comparative analysis of countries conducted in connection with a World Bank’s World Development Report demonstrated a close correlation between the extent of the transportation network in a country, and its level of development. Roads enable the movement of goods and services, so good data on the infrastructure and related management and maintenance can help to ensure that the asset remain fit for purpose. .
Transport asset management ensures that road networks meet the social and economic needs of countries by enabling optimal maintenance and upgrades. Unfortunately, many developing countries do not invest resources to enable constant awareness of the condition of road assets that supports strategic and tactical planning of maintenance and make upgrade decisions.
This paper discusses works done to develop a database and data collection application for Belize to maintain and manage road asset condition data. It also explores some visualizations options to support decision making.
The work includes designing a roads geodatabase and streamlining workflows for the collection, storage and use of data for the Public Works Department of the Government of Belize, which is responsible for road maintenance and repair. Government officials can use the geodatabase, data collection tools, and visualization and analysis dashboards, to manage road assets using geospatial technology. Results show that condition data can be captured in the geodatabase as part of the regular operations of road management teams, supplemented by intermittent surveys.

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