Usage of Mobile IT Devices in the Field for Design, Construction and Asset Management

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State DOTs are starting to issue mobile information technology (IT) devices to more staff and managers. The initial uses of the device are for mobile communication and file access. However, this only taps into a small level of capability for the devices and state DOTs are beginning to examine off-the-shelf or customized applications or other uses to gain the full potential of mobile IT devices. This study will build on existing efforts including a recent AASHTO survey, a Wisconsin DOT synthesis report and a TRB 2014 Annual Meeting session to identify: • How state DOTs are currently using mobile IT in the field for design, construction and asset management (or other uses); • What apps are available in selected state DOTs and how can they be easily transferred to other state DOTs; • How apps already developed for the vertical construction industry might be adopted into the transportation sector; • Opportunities for nationally standards or specifications for apps, hardware or support systems; • Opportunities to encourage and support the development of e-books for national or state-based standards and manuals; • Barriers to expanded use of mobile IT devices and how can they be overcome; and, • Expectations for existing and future generations of state DOT workers regarding mobile IT devices. Information will be gathered by literature review and survey of State DOTs. “Mobile IT devices” are defined as anything smaller than a standard laptop computer, including a mini-laptop, tablet, pad or smartphone. The research should also be limited to agency-issued devices and should not consider use of personally-owned devices for public agency purposes.
Effective start/end date11/17/141/1/16


  • Transportation Research Board of National Academy of Sciences: $40,000.00


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