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Pushing overdrive

Pushing overdrive

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    The non-destructive testing unit of the Montana DOT recently purchased two ground-penetrating radar units, used in conjunction with falling weight deflectometers, on which the radar units are mounted. Photo: Montana DOT

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    Chesterfield, Mo., used two ProXR pack systems to inventory its 2638 traffic signs. Initially, information was collected by walking from sign to sign. To save time, workers rode a mountain bike from sign to sign, speeding collection rates by 64%. Photo: City of Chesterfield

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    This map shows each plowing or salting route, and what pass the trucks are on, enabling managers to maximize crews and equipment during winter storms. Photo: Hamilton Township

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    Since so much information is gathered on each parcel or permit area, the extent of damage to assets can be quickly calculated. Photo: Accela Inc.

X-ray vision

The Product:
RoadScan

What it is: Ground-penetrating radar system typically used to verify asphalt thickness; also evaluates the road's base and sub-base as well as performance of geotextiles.

Where to get it: Geophysical Survey Systems Inc., www.geophysical.com.

The User:
John Amestoy, non-destructive testing supervisor, Montana DOT

How he uses it:
To gather data on a road's structural integrity.

Benefits:
The DOT collects data at 5 mph, giving them the high resolution needed for accuracy.

The wow factor:
The DOT is using RoadScan to build a conditions database of Montana's 1200 miles of Interstates, enabling the agency to identify, prioritize, and schedule improvements.

Instant tracking

The Product:
GBA Work Master

What it is:
Software that integrates work orders, planning, and budgeting into asset management and a GIS.

Where to get it:
GBA Master Series Inc., www.gbams.com,.

The User:
Dave Byers, director of public works operations, Chula Vista, Calif.

How he uses it:
It ties into the city's GIS; for example, assigning each manhole a separate identification number so work orders and all other information regarding individual manholes are in a single database.

Benefits:
It allows the city to track what, where, and how much assets and repairs cost through one work/asset management program.

The wow factor:
All product and project information about each city parcel is revealed with one click of a mouse. A technician can simply point to an item on the map, and data and work order information are automatically associated with that parcel.