AASHTOWare Project Decision SupportTM Software Update

May 12, 2017

The AASHTOWare ProjectTM 3.01 release provided the initial portion of the AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSSTM functionality, allowing access to the historical data via Open Data Protocol (OData). Building on that release, the AASHTOWare Project 4.0 release introduces the AASHTOWare Project Decision Support software which inserts bid-based pricing into AASHTOWare Project EstimatorTM, AASHTOWare Project PreconstructionTM, and AASHTOWare Project EstimationTM as part of a new license key for the AASHTOWare Project Decision Support software. Agencies licensing AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS are provided a license key to AASHTOWare Project Decision Support at no additional cost.

To further enhance the AASHTOWare Project 4.0 release, a research pilot project is being conducted with three agencies (Wisconsin, Ohio, and Kansas) to test the AASHTOWare Project Decision Support Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environment. The SaaS approach allows secure access to the agency’s data from its existing unified database and performs the analysis using the power and efficiency of cloud-based computing to best provide analysis functionality from the AASHTOWare Project software. Each agency begins the pilot with an on-site installation of the scribe service, software usability evaluation, and an analysis review. Adjustments based on the agency’s use of the software are incorporated within the analysis service in subsequent phases.

The pilot has six phases, each evaluating different aspects of development, maintenance, and support of SaaS software. Throughout the pilot, the agencies are providing feedback on several aspects on the SaaS approach for the AASHTOWare Project software. Wisconsin started the pilot in March, Ohio started in May, and Kansas starts in June. It is anticipated that the results from the pilot will be presented at the 2017 Project Users Group (PUG) Conference in Montana.

In addition to providing functionality, the AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) is also interested in making the migration from the AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSSTM software to the new AASHTOWare Project Decision Support software as easy as possible for agencies. The web-Based AASHTOWare Project solution is a unified database, which allows easy reporting of information from the various modules. As agencies move from the client/server AASHTOWare Project software to the web-Based AASHTOWare Project solution, an agency can bring some or all of its historical data forward for use during analysis and reporting against the unified database and/or to store all historical data in a single location. Due to these varying factors, the PTF has determined that an agency-specific data migration approach is a more effective than creating a generic data migration utility.

Additional information can be found by logging into the Cloverleaf® website, selecting “Status & Planning”, and selecting the AASHTOWare Project BAMS/DSS Agency Migration Services link under “Optional Services”.

– Charles Nickel, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development; Randy Lawton, Info Tech, Inc.