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Title: Pavement-distress data collection system based on mobile geographic information system
Authors: Huang, B. 
Fwa, T.F. 
Chan, W.T. 
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Huang, B., Fwa, T.F., Chan, W.T. (2004). Pavement-distress data collection system based on mobile geographic information system. Transportation Research Record (1889) : 54-62. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In recent years, the development of geographical information systems (GIS) has shifted significantly from desktop applications to mobile field applications. Integrating the precision location data collection capability of a Global Positioning System (GPS) and the spatial processing power of mobile GIS provides an adequate system for field workers to collect data with increased efficiency and ease. This research aims to design and implement a pavement-distress data collection prototype for inspecting airport pavement condition, with the aid of mobile GIS. Unlike the traditional paper forms, the data collection system seeks to offer a customized user interface for distress data entry and a spatial query service. Initial preparation of the airport map layers was carried out on desktop computer using a variety of off-the-shelf software. The required files were then transferred to the personal digital assistant (PDA) for field trials. Two other handheld devices, namely the GPS receiver and digital camera, are attached to the PDA to capture precise location coordinates and digital photos, respectively, of the identified distress. The users are also able to obtain comprehensive search results of the distresses, in both an attribute table and map visualization form. To increase the search efficiency, an indexing method was implemented for the data collected. Trial experimental results show that the applied indexing method has significantly improved the search efficiency over the conventional exhaustive search method.
Source Title: Transportation Research Record
ISSN: 03611981
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