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Mid-America Transportation Center

Framework for Advanced Daily Work Report System

Final Report
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Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: David Jeong (djeong@iastate.edu 515-294-7271)
  • Project Status
    Complete
    About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    The use of daily work reports is in general only for forensic evidence when there is any legal dispute or claim on the project. The detailed field level work activity data provide rich and invaluable data to produce meaning information and knowledge to support various decisions throughout the highway project development process and during the operation and maintenance stage as well. However, the current daily work report system is seriously insufficient to meet this need in terms of data attributes, data formats and lack of effective computational algorithms to process the collected data.
    Research Objective
    This proposed project will develop an advanced framework for daily work report system including a) a standard data input structure, b) identification of decisions that can benefit from daily work report data, and c) effective data analysis methods and algorithms to produce required information and knowledge to support various decisions.
    Potential Benefits
    The research team believes that the findings of this project will truly have a long-term effect on decision making processes of highway projects. The results of this project will also be leveraged to look for a national level research project to address the critical and urgent need of smart daily work report system that can support various decisions throughout the life cycle of highway projects
    Abstract
    Although state Department of Transportations (DOTs) have placed a large emphasis on collecting and integrating project data, little effort has been made on linking the data collection to the agencies’ decision making processes. Resident engineers or inspectors spend significant amount of time in recording field activities in the current daily work report or inspector’s daily report system. However, the use of daily work reports is in general only for forensic evidence when there is any legal dispute or claim on the project. The detailed field level work activity data provide rich and invaluable data to produce meaning information and knowledge to support various decisions throughout the highway project development process and during the operation and maintenance stage as well. However, the current daily work report system is seriously insufficient to meet this need in terms of data attributes, data formats and lack of effective computational algorithms to process the collected data. This proposed project will develop an advanced framework for daily work report system including a) a standard data input structure, b) identification of decisions that can benefit from daily work report data, and c) effective data analysis methods and algorithms to produce required information and knowledge to support various decisions. The research team believes that the findings of this project will truly have a long-term effect on decision making processes of highway projects. The results of this project will also be leveraged to look for a national level research project to address the critical and urgent need of smart daily work report system that can support various decisions throughout the life cycle of highway projects.
    Project Amount
    $ $55,793