Chapter 1: IntroductionAnchor: #i1000604
Section 1: About This ManualAnchor: #i1005323
The Texas Department of Transportation (department) operates a statewide computer network that allows all districts and Austin headquarters to maintain project data in a common format. The Design and Construction Information System (DCIS) is one of the department’s many automated information systems.Anchor: #i1005333
This manual is designed to support a broad group of users in the districts and in the Austin headquarters office. It should help new and occasional users understand DCIS, while supporting the existing needs of engineers, technicians and others, who have worked with DCIS for many years.
The first four chapters of this user manual cover the various DCIS screens. Chapter 5, DCIS Reports Guide, lists all of the standard reports and batch programs that are available through the department’s ROSCOE (and regional ROSCOE) system.Anchor: #i1005357
Definitions of the following terms may be helpful, especially to new users, most of these definitions link to the TxDOT Glossary.
Austin Office – The Commission, TxDOT divisions and special offices
Commission – Texas Transportation Commission
Construction projects – Construction projects other than routine maintenance projects
DES(LM) – Design Division, Letting Management
DES(FI), etc. – Design Division, Field Coordination (two sections: F-A, F-B)
DES(LD) – Design Division, Landscape Design (Landscape Programs & Environmental Enhancements)
Let or letting process
Metric– Projects using the department’s 1995 Specifications will automatically receive metric screens.
TPP(P) – Transportation Planning & Programming Division, Programming & Scheduling (programs and assignment of CSJs)
TPP(S) – Transportation Planning & Programming Division, Intermodal Planning Section (STIP)
TPP(D) – Transportation Planning & Programming Division, Data Management (for Reference Markers)
TRF(TE) – Traffic Operations, Traffic Engineering
TRF(R) – Traffic Operations, Railroads
Unified Transportation FundAnchor: #i1005525
Improvements to this Manual
All manual users, new and experienced, are encouraged to submit any suggestions for improvements and/or changes. Please submit your suggestions to the Design Division, Letting Management (DES(LM)).