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Section 2: Role of the Design and Construction Information System in the UTP

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Overview

This section includes the following topics:

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Description of DCIS

The DCIS is an extensive computerized database that includes, among diverse project information, all necessary construction project information regarding the following:

  • identification of projects
  • planning
  • programming
  • scheduling.

DCIS is the automated information system for planning, programming, and listing the design criteria for TxDOT’s construction projects. It is an essential part of the process of preparing the projects for contract bidding.

DCIS includes data that support the following project development stages:

  • authorization and programming
  • advance project development
  • plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) development
  • contract bidding and awarding
  • post letting
  • predicting future bids.

The portions of DCIS used extensively in the programming and scheduling functions are “Authorization and Programming” and “Advance Project Development.” These portions include information that describes the project location and limits, proposed work, UTP category, estimated cost, current and projected traffic volumes, and other information which is essential for project selection. In addition, DCIS includes the level of work and the funding that has been authorized. The database also includes information on the status of the project, including the projected letting date and/or year.

DCIS data input, update, and inquiry are conducted through on-line screens with defined fields, and access is limited to authorized users. TxDOT’s ROSCOE (Remote Operating System Conversational On-Line Environment) and regional ROSCOE systems are the means for obtaining reports of DCIS information

For more detailed information, refer to the DCIS User Manual.

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Functions of DCIS

DCIS includes information for every highway construction project which is authorized for feasibility studies, has been granted long range project (LRP) status, or is included in the UTP in a project-specific program or selected by the authorized district or division in a bank balance allocation program. DCIS is the only database that can generate a listing of all highway construction work that has been authorized for a specific level of development.

The TxDOT Districts, the Design Division, the Bridge Division, the Traffic Operations Division, the Maintenance Division, and the Transportation Planning and Programming Division share responsibilities for inputting current information regarding the projects. The districts and these divisions should continuously update information in DCIS to assure current data are available to the administration, Commission, and elected officials. Those fields accessible to TxDOT districts and divisions are outlined in the DCIS User Manual.

DCIS data support the selection of projects in the project-specific programs. Priority 2 projects are selected from those with LRP status and Priority 1 projects are selected from the pool of Priority 2 projects. DCIS information also is used for scheduling projects for the monthly construction lettings.

DCIS serves to document authorized work, including the level of authorized project development.

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Role of TPP Project Coordinators

Projects are identified by control, section, and job numbers (CSJ). The project coordinators in the Programming and Scheduling Section of TPP assign the CSJ only when the project has been authorized for development. These coordinators also input much of the data into DCIS, in cooperation with district personnel, to properly identify the project and to maintain complete and current information.

For more detailed information regarding the role of the project coordinators, please refer to the Project Coordinator Manual (not an online manual).

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