Research Project SD96-07 "Feasibility of Automated Routing and Permitting of Oversize/Overweight Vehicles" determined the need for automating South Dakotas vehicle permitting operation. The study defined functional and data requirements for automated routing and permitting and evaluated existing software and hardware solutions to meet those requirements. The technical panel overseeing the study recommended the purchase of an automated oversize/overweight vehicle routing and permitting system that would be located in Pierre, South Dakota. The system should be accessible to the trucking industry through the Internet and to state permit issuing authorities through the Wide Area Network.
The final panel recommendation was to consider all available automated routing and permitting systems at the time of purchase to determine which system would best suit the needs of South Dakota. Based upon this recommendation, the SDDOT will initiate the development and implementation of an Automated Routing and Permitting System that issues oversize/overweight, fuel, commercial license, and Public Utilities Commission (PUC) operating authority permits for Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO) within the State of South Dakota.
The system shall automate the following permits, licenses, and types of credentials and at a minimum perform the following listed functions: issue permits by types: annual, single trip (license, fuel, operating authority), monthly, 30-day, and regional permits (proposed).
The system, with automated processes to input, review, and approve, should provide:
required information (license #s, registration #s, origin-destination, etc.);
truck and load configuration (input lengths, tire sizes & truck configuration, etc.);
automatically route vehicles within and through the state or region as well as providing the capability to manually enter and validate a route;
perform bridge structural analysis in a real time automatic manner as an integral part of the checking of the vehicle route for clearances and other restrictions using Pontis AASHTO ware (American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials), Virtis AASHTO ware, BARS (Bridge Analysis and Rating System); and other Department systems like RES (Roadway Environmental Systems); and
graphically display, on a map of the state, routing alternatives for road and bridge approved routing.
The system must be capable of creating billings and collecting payments including:
provide for a secure billing system to present charges for monthly payment;
provide for secure recording for payment received (credit card, monthly payments, or payments on account); and
allow for records and internal audit reviews (controlled by security according to users profile), full review by certain state agency staff (SDHP, certain SDDOT staff, etc.), and individual company review of their records by password admitted user. The system must be capable of identifying rules and laws prohibiting certain routing applications. It must also be capable of using bar-coding technology for the issuance and reading of permits.
The system must be consistent and compatible with the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) architecture and the operational deployment of CVISN. The system will have to obtain data from the various databases to properly route an oversize/overweight vehicle. It will be the researchers responsibility to ensure the system will properly link with the applicable databases and properly access required information. The State currently uses Microsoft SQL Server and IBM compliant Personal Computers with a Windows NT environment. The ERWIN data modeling tool is currently used to document data models. AASHTO ware products Pontis and Virtis use Sybases SQL Anywhere.