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Status and recommendations for ICT use in road infrastructure development and management in Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.author Wickramasinghe, BKU
dc.contributor.author Wickramasinghe, BKU
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-20T06:20:17Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-20T06:20:17Z
dc.date.issued 7/20/2011
dc.identifier.uri http://dl.lib.mrt.ac.lk/theses/handle/123/1775
dc.description.abstract Sri Lanka has recognized needs of a modern and an efficient road network to promote faster economic development. Road transport accounts for about 92% of all passenger and freight transport, of which around 76% is carried by national highways. Though the road density is higher in the country, it has been noted that there is significant pressure on the development and maintenance of road infrastructure. Therefore it has been identified that road infrastructure development need to be efficiently done and therefore ICT should be used appropriately. It is observed that the road development can incorporate ICT in many ways such as use of computers, and related equipment software, telecommunication technologies, internet, networking facilities etc. The present study is carried out to identify ,the current situation of the country through an assessment of the status of lCT use by carrying out survey of road infrastructure development professionals and organizations. The objective of the study can be stated as to evaluate the status of ICT use in the road infrastructure development of Sri Lanka's road sector through a stake holder survey and make recommendations to contribute towards national development. Possible methods and components with respect to ICT usage in road infrastructure development were identified with the use of a literature survey. Questionnaire surveys were carried out to identify the status of ICT usage in various sub tasks of road infrastructure development. In this aspect feasibility studies, detailed engineering design, construction and operation and maintenance and their components were analyzed through a survey of individuals employed in major road development organizations. Questionnaires were developed, tested and improved to carry out surveys of individuals and also leading organizations. In case of organizations a detailed questionnaire was developed to assess the experience, enabling environment, institutional role, and management instruments and their sub components. The study included the survey of 104 individuals and 15 leading organizations. Results indicated that the Feasibility Studies and Engineering Design are the strongest uses of ICT for road infrastructure development. The study also identified the status pertaining to sub , tasks for each major use. In the organizational survey, the average ICT usage was 39% in the overall context of Enabling environment, Institutional Role, and Management Instruments. The strongest use was identified as Institutional Role with 52%. The study has identified seven key conclusions with four key recommendations for the strengthening of ICT use in the road infrastructure development. In case of Sri Lanka promotion of suitable policies, enhancing the critical mass of literate personnel, increasing the availability of management instruments are several of such recommendations that have to be addressed. en_US
dc.description.abstract Sri Lanka has recognized needs of a modern and an efficient road network to promote faster economic development. Road transport accounts for about 92% of all passenger and freight transport, of which around 76% is carried by national highways. Though the road density is higher in the country, it has been noted that there is significant pressure on the development and maintenance of road infrastructure. Therefore it has been identified that road infrastructure development need to be efficiently done and therefore ICT should be used appropriately. It is observed that the road development can incorporate ICT in many ways such as use of computers, and related equipment software, telecommunication technologies, internet, networking facilities etc. The present study is carried out to identify ,the current situation of the country through an assessment of the status of lCT use by carrying out survey of road infrastructure development professionals and organizations. The objective of the study can be stated as to evaluate the status of ICT use in the road infrastructure development of Sri Lanka's road sector through a stake holder survey and make recommendations to contribute towards national development. Possible methods and components with respect to ICT usage in road infrastructure development were identified with the use of a literature survey. Questionnaire surveys were carried out to identify the status of ICT usage in various sub tasks of road infrastructure development. In this aspect feasibility studies, detailed engineering design, construction and operation and maintenance and their components were analyzed through a survey of individuals employed in major road development organizations. Questionnaires were developed, tested and improved to carry out surveys of individuals and also leading organizations. In case of organizations a detailed questionnaire was developed to assess the experience, enabling environment, institutional role, and management instruments and their sub components. The study included the survey of 104 individuals and 15 leading organizations. Results indicated that the Feasibility Studies and Engineering Design are the strongest uses of ICT for road infrastructure development. The study also identified the status pertaining to sub , tasks for each major use. In the organizational survey, the average ICT usage was 39% in the overall context of Enabling environment, Institutional Role, and Management Instruments. The strongest use was identified as Institutional Role with 52%. The study has identified seven key conclusions with four key recommendations for the strengthening of ICT use in the road infrastructure development. In case of Sri Lanka promotion of suitable policies, enhancing the critical mass of literate personnel, increasing the availability of management instruments are several of such recommendations that have to be addressed.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY-Dissertation ; COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE- Dissertation ; INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT-SRI LANKA ; INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT-SRI LANKA ; en_US
dc.title Status and recommendations for ICT use in road infrastructure development and management in Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty IT en_US
dc.identifier.degree MSc en_US
dc.identifier.department Faculty of lnformation Technology en_US
dc.date.accept 2008
dc.date.accept 2008
dc.identifier.accno 92995 en_US


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