TxDOT achieved many positive results from integrating their AgileAssets PMS and MMS. The integration improves day-to-day operations through better data quality and accessibility. Data now flows smoothly from the MMS to the PMS and back again, continuously updating the relevant teams. Pavement Analyst™ displays all maintenance activities in tables or maps, and easily generates maps for pavement surface age based on previous maintenance and construction records.
Using MMS data, Pavement Analyst™ can, for example, differentiate between sealed and unsealed cracks, then generate work requests for the recommended treatments. The maintenance team can access the work requests and generate work orders in the MMS for crews to perform the needed repairs.
TxDOT’s integrated solution also supports better strategic planning. When the pavement team develops 4-year pavement management plans, these plans are coordinated with maintenance activities, projects, and related costs. Both teams avoid planning duplicate or competing projects on the same roadway segment, because the PMS will not recommend treatments when maintenance work is already planned for that part of the roadway.
Likewise, when making detailed maintenance plans for the short term (1 to 2 years), the maintenance team can get critical input from the PMS to help determine where resources and funds might be used more effectively. In short, integration helps both teams determine the most efficient and cost-effective ways to carry out their plans.
With a PMS and MMS that communicate with each other, TxDOT has simplified workflows through automated data entry, processing, and reporting. All this helps eliminate time-wasting manual tasks, so TxDOT benefits from increased efficiency.
Decision-making has also improved because the pavement management team has a thorough record of work history and maintenance activities—a level of data access and visibility that is rare at U.S. state DOTs. In addition, the ease of using two similar systems from the same solutions provider has encouraged pavement and maintenance management teams to become more knowledgeable about their joint functions, learning each other’s processes and communicating more effectively. As a result, old silos that might have hindered joint decision-making have broken down.