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Do You Have A Map-21 Compliant Asset Management Plan?

Stefano January 11, 2016
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Has your organization completed the federally mandated, MAP-21 required Risk-based, Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP)? There are still many state DOTs which have not completed these plans. For some the daunting task of developing such a plan is hampered by the fact that the initial questions which need to be answered to begin have sometimes not even be contemplated.

  • What is the current state of your assets?
  • What is the Level of Service desired/necessary to maintain or achieve acceptable performance?
  • What/where are my critical assets?
  • What are the best strategies to employ for Operations and Maintenance and Capital Investments?
  • Where is the funding coming from to implement this plan?

There are examples available through FHWA of states’ plans:

Key to these plans in addition to knowing what you have, where it is and in what condition it is, is understanding the likelihood and consequence of an asset’s failure. This is the risk component of the asset management plan – in other words, the ‘tree in the woods’ scenario. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there, who cares? Likewise if an asset fails with little or no impact to system performance, the environment or safety, where is it on the prioritized list for funding or attention? More to the point, where are the critical assets that if they failed would catastrophically affect safety and/or performance?!?!

DTS stands alone in the transportation industry as the ONLY firm that understands and has experience with the full cycle of asset management, from data collection, feature extraction and condition assessment to planning, work management and operations and maintenance. Others collect data, while some offer software systems, but DTS alone has the necessary expertise and experience to support your agency through the entire process.

Happy New Year!

Stefano December 31, 2015
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It is axiomatic that 2016 will bring many exciting new adventures. At DTS, we will continue to lead the vision for a more perfect performance asset management solution. This includes our collective leverage of geographic information systems, mobile asset collection and support for sustainable infrastructure care.

From all of us at DTS, we wish you a very safe and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Stefano December 26, 2015
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Thank you for an exciting and successful year – we are truly grateful to you, our growing family of customers, team members, and friends.

From all of us at Data Transfer Solutions, may you and your families have a safe and festive Holiday Season!

Data Assets are Assets

Stefano December 15, 2015
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data loss blues

Did you hear the one about the asset collection vendor that lost your data? Not a joke, and a painful horror story from one of the other data collection companies out there. We are proud to say at DTS and VUEWorks that we have never lost a client’s data… ever! And we do not intend to…ever! Having a strong awareness of the type and value of data that a vendor is protecting has become even more critical as technology platforms continue to evolve.

As cloud computing becomes a more prevalent phenomena daily, major challenges emerge for protecting large asset management datasets, linking through firewalls and displaying information that is compiled across multiple IT architectures and frameworks.

Moreover, In our present climate where public infrastructure is a target – controlling access to data once thought mundane takes one a new level of importance in the era of domestic terrorism. Knowing and protecting the location, criticality and condition of infrastructure is paramount to protecting public safety as well as providing timely and up to date information to first responders.

These data sets are costly to develop, expensive to maintain and represent a significant investment of tax payer funded resources. Protecting this data should paramount when considering asset management as a program, not just a project. There are several considerations that need to be well thought out in scenarios including, but not limited to:

  • The need to create a report: Who has access? And access to what within the AMS?
  • Sensitive information: How is it protected? How are permissions handled?
  • Systems: Who has access to test, staging and production environments? Are they allowed to add/upgrade applications?
  • Backups: What is the process for securing backups of both spatial and non-spatial data?
  • Hardware: Outdated? Using cloud?
  • Security: Improper configuration settings? Inadequate security controls?

It is important to take into consideration data loss prevention. These are processes put in place to address the areas listed above, to ensure that there is a methodology consisting of people, process and technology that protects your data. Consider the following categories and see if your organization has a data loss prevention methodology in place:

  • Data Discovery
  • Data Governance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Regulatory and Privacy Compliance
  • Data Classification
  • Policies, Standards and Procedures
  • Remediation Processes
  • Training and Awareness

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Stefano December 9, 2015
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Currently, DTS is providing pavement data collection services for the two largest cities in Texas as well as the state’s capital city. DTS is utilizing its fleet of Mobile Asset Collection (MAC) vehicles to provide its street solutions via an inventory and condition assessment of the road networks.

For all major and local streets in Houston and San Antonio, DTS is performing a pavement survey, rating the pavement, determining the pavement width and geocoding the data. The survey is being conducted using International Roughness Index (IRI) and Pavement Condition Index (PCI) procedures as the basis for rating the physical condition of streets.

Once the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) has been calculated, DTS will provide each city with a 3-year and 5-year pavement preservation program based on detailed pavement condition evaluation. These programs are used to establish the annual maintenance budgets. The pavement information is being integrated into each city’s pavement management systems.

DTS’ Texas data collection clients include Arlington, Austin, Balcones Heights, Bastrop County, Bexar County, Brownsville, Duncanville, Denison, El Campo, Fredericksburg, Lewisville, Little Elm, New Braunfels, San Antonio and Sherman.

DTS’ pavement management activities have attracted quite a bit of media attention. Check out the following to find out more about what the DTS MAC fleet does and how it will help governmental agencies save money.


DTS – In the News!

Channel2 Investigates: List of Houston’s worst roads

Filling in cracks, gaps

High tech van helps Denison with street repairs

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stefano November 24, 2015
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Thanksgiving 2015

To our customers west to east, north to south… I mean Fairbanks Area Metropolitan Transportation Systems (FMATS) to Key West, FL and all in between. We thank you for the professional opportunity to serve your needs and look forward to building on your visions in 2016. In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our customers is something for which we are especially grateful.

As DTS looks towards the New Year, we are excited about the success of our company and the ongoing growth and development of our products – VUEWorks, TIPvue and TransVue – along with our services encompassing mobile asset collection and custom GIS work. We owe this success because of our clients and their continued support, input and feedback on our products and services which helps us build better solutions.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you!