Geographical Information Technologies as Decision Support Tools in Road Infrastructure maintenance in Uganda

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Lydia Mazzi Kayondo-Ndandiko, Sandy Tickodri-Togboa, Gerhard Bax
Title: Geographical Information Technologies as Decision Support Tools in Road Infrastructure maintenance in Uganda
Conference name: 9th AfricaGIS international Conference: "Geo spatial Information and sustainable development in Africa; Facing Challenges of Global Change", Kampala, Uganda, 26th - 30th October 2009
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9970-814-17-6
City: Kampala
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Planning and Media Design (Sektionen för planering och mediedesign)
School of Planning and Media Design S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/dsn/
Authors e-mail: mklydia@tech.mak.ac.ug, Gerhard.Bax@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: A well maintained transportation system of any country plays a key role in infrastructural development thus promoting sustainable development. Road transport in Uganda is by far the most dominant mode of transport. The sector carries well over 90% of passenger and freight traffic. It thus serves as true backbone to support the country’s economy. Roads provide the only means of access to most of the rural communities and effective maintenance of this asset is vital to the Government of Uganda’s (GoU) strategy for economic development and poverty eradication. It is of recent, that preventive maintenance is being appreciated in Uganda and plans of making it a priority are being put in place. The spatial data on which Road Infrastructure Maintenance (RIM) actions are based, are not comprehensive enough. However, Geographical Information Technologies (GITs) are known to enable asset management to function in the collection, storage and analysis of data for decision making. This is an ongoing research expected to develop an integral framework for enhancing the use of GITs as decision support tools in the maintenance of roads in Uganda. A specific application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is to be demonstrated by developing a prototype model to predict maintenance required areas in a section of the study area. Document review, interviews, participant observations, and field visits and measures are cross cuttingly being used to generate the required parameters for consideration in the modelling and development of the framework. Content analysis, GIS spatial analyses and modelling will eventually be used to analyse the gathered data. The content of the paper details the research concept and preliminary findings yet to be fully analysed.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\ICT for Development
Keywords: Road Infrastructure Maintenance, Geographical Information Technologies, Geographical Information Systems
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