ROWman is a robust and comprehensive right of way asset analysis tool for managing urban and rural right of way asset inventories. It provides the agency with a means of assessing the right of way asset condition and location of all assets maintained by the agency. Effectively this data can be integrated with GIS to allow for a seamless plot of agency owned assets in a graphical representation.
- User-friendly and easy to navigate.
- Interfaces with ESRI and other GIS programs.
- Develops comprehensive right of way asset inventories including ownership, geometric and attribute information, location and coordinate information, condition, and bar coding if desired.
- Completes customized right of way asset condition surveys of the assets and then prioritization and analysis of the resulting scores.
- Generates right of way asset analysis plans for long-term maintenance.
- Stores detailed asset history, costs and electronic images of the asset for "point in time" records.
ROWman, IMS's comprehensive right of way asset and infrastructure management program is a series of application modules surrounding a set of relational data files that can be customized to meet an agencies exact analysis and reporting needs. The application provides the tools necessary to inventory and manage all features found along today's streetscape in both urban and rural settings. ROWMan has many built in features that assist the user to recognize the unique nature of their right of way assets and infrastructure and respond accordingly. The program also integrates seamlessly with PavePRO Manager application.
ROWMan provides modules for all of the common infrastructure elements contained within a typical right of way, including:
- Signs and Supports
- Sidewalks and Bike Paths
- Curb & Gutter
- Pavement Markings and Striping
- Signals and Traffic Control Facilities
- Street Lighting
- ADA Ramps
- Noise Abatement Walls and Screens
- Roadway Sections and Lanes
- Drainage and Utility Features - Valves, Inlets, Fire Hydrants, etc.
- Additional Assets Can be Collected at the Request of the Agency
ROWMan acts as a central repository of data and right of way asset inventory information for all assets located within, or adjacent to, right of ways or roads. Central to the software is the ability to relate all assets to a common referencing methodology, that is the road name, or intersection of two or more roads.
As illustrated in the adjacent screen capture, the software is set up with upper and lower browser windows. The upper window contains the definition of the infrastructure network in terms of street names and termini descriptors (from - to descriptions). The lower window contains all assets types and individual assets attributed to that section. A series of tabs across the top of the lower browser window allows the user to select the different asset types. The user may scroll between roadway sections and assets groups (tabs), and then down to the individual assets. Once an asset group is selected, a new asset may be added to the database or existing assets viewed and queried.
Asset Demographics - The demographics data screen contains the information that allows assets to be identified and inventoried. All assets are assigned a unique identification number. As the assets are entered, the software then attributes them to the correct roadway section and intersection, if desired. An increased level of detail including such attributes as chainage location; position offset and orientation; and Cartesian, GPS or state plane coordinates may also be added.
Within ROWMan, each asset group has its own set of unique characteristics that are entered, viewed and maintained through the demographics screen. These characteristics are used to log all the pertinent information about the asset of interest. Typical demographics common to most asset groups include size, shape, color, applicable classification or coding information, complete with a short descriptive dialog. Bar code information may also be stored. Entry of demographic information may also be completed through the use of an internal bulk loader.
Condition Rating - ROWMan incorporates a flexible, yet powerful analytical engine to assess, prioritize and develop a rehabilitation program based on the condition of infrastructure assets. Condition assessment models may be created for any asset type, and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of any agency. These models take condition observations from field surveys and converts them to a condition rating or rank. Each field observation, or evaluation criteria, is assigned an influence factor for determining the overall condition score. To simplify the process, evaluation benchmarks, or responses, complete with an appropriate score, are also defined.
The survey results are presented in an easy to read pop up dialog box that contains the evaluation criteria, that is - survey question, the response, resultant score plus overall rank.
Custom Demographics - ROWMan recognizes that each user agency is unique and that no two agencies require exactly the same demographic information to be inventoried.
Within ROWMan is the ability to develop agency specific demographic information. This feature allows access to a dialog box that can be customized with a series of parameters or attribute questions. These attributes may then be followed by free format responses. The asset characteristics are set up and edited through a drop down menu selection. The custom demographics may be created for each asset group and are virtually endless in the number that may be created.
Images - Digital images of each asset can be stored and linked to the textural data associated with the asset. Within the image module, the user may highlight specific points of interest on the asset using a built-in editing tool. The electronic images may be used as point in time records of the asset and for verification of its condition, or for planning rehabilitation and maintenance activities.
History - Work order history may be logged against each asset complete with what activity was undertaken and when, how much it cost and who did the work. The history information may be shared with several common work management packages through ROWMan's export function for greater leveraging of asset information. The maintenance actions may be predefined through a series of default activities.
Reports and Exports Available From ROWMan
Report Module - ROWMan contains a series of standardized reports the user may select from to report on the assets within their network. The standard reports cover outputs such as listing assets by block, history or condition. The reports may be filtered to create subsets of the network, and be presented in the order selected by the user - such as by block ID or worst first condition rating.
Report Wizard - In addition to the standard reports, ROWMan has a report wizard that allows virtually unlimited report development, filtering and presentation.
Data Export - Unique to ROWMan is the ability to extract information from the system and export it to a variety of industry standard formats such as ASCII delimited, DBF and XLS file structures. The data export function provides the ability to filter, order and then export select asset, attribute or condition information based on user-defined criteria. The information can be used for GIS plotting, integration with other agency software applications, further analysis - external to ROWMan, or for distribution through the use of e-mail or hardcopy documents.