Field data collection and management in DOT organizations requires a considerable amount of resources in the form of personnel and management systems. Recent studies performed by the researcher revealed that an average of 30-50% of some field supervisory personnel's time is spent on processing field data paperwork. This is a considerable amount of time spent on an undesirable task and is taking these employees away from more important job duties. This project automated two maintenance field data collection functions. One was a Crew Day Card, which is a card used by a maintenance crew to document the activity performed. Information on labor, equipment, material, and the task is recorded. The second application was Sign Inventory, which is used to perform inventory on roadside signs. These applications were placed on a pen computer and tested in the field. This report describes these two electronic applications and documents the lessons learned from the field.

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pen computer, electronic field forms, automated field data collection, GPS, laptop computer, maintenance, SPR-2140

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Joint Transportation Research Program

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West Lafayette, IN

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