Feasibility test of CADD Webmenus.
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Feasibility test of CADD Webmenus.

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    The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) initiated SPR Project 683: CADD Webmenus Feasibility Study to conduct a proof-of-concept test of Web-based CADD menus for ADOT agency-wide CADD applications. ADOT is currently interested in the feasibility of using Webmenus to solve various problems associated with its current CADD menu system. This research gives ADOT the necessary testing results and information it needs to incorporate Webmenus into the workflow of its CADD drafting and design staff, while also disseminating the Webmenus to the consultant community’s CADD users who are required to use ADOT CADD standards. To present CADD standards in an easily accessible and simplified format, it is necessary to use CADD menus. ADOT’s current menu system is a challenge for ADOT support staff to effectively support and maintain. This has led to development of multiple menus in multiple locations, which compounds the difficulty of maintaining them. Additionally, the current ADOT CADD menu system was developed in a proprietary programming language (MDL™) which is version specific and requires compilation from various source files to be executed. The successful development of Webmenus for use by ADOT staff and consultants would provide them a single, readily accessible menu system that had a single point of reference for all ADOT CADD standards. The basic challenge of developing and implementing a Web-based menu system is company firewall policies that restrict Web site activity and “back door” file transfer. This challenge can be overcome with adjustments to the CADD Webmenus that facilitate commands that do not require back door file transfer. CADD Webmenus may also offer a solution to the current ADOT problem of multiple menus developed in outdated code and distributed without ensuring the latest revision of the menu system. With the amount of design drafting work being sub-contracted out (approx. 90%), simplifying and distributing a single menu system via the Internet is a logical solution.
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