Compass 2012 Data Analysis and Reporting

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report
March 2013 Final Report

Primary Investigator

Teresa Adams, PhD
University of Wisconsin – Madison
1410 Engineering Drive, 271 CAE


The Compass Annual Report is issued each year to communicate the condition of Wisconsin’s state highway network and to demonstrate accountability for maintenance expenditures. Past efforts of Compass include data analysis and reporting performance and outcomes for signs, pavement, shoulders, roadsides, drainage, traffic, and bridges. Starting from the 2005 Compass report, measures for bridge inspection and maintenance were included, and historic data was transformed from District to Region-levels. In 2006, Compass reports began presenting trends for pavement condition associated with the agency’s biennial inspection cycle. In addition, starting from 2006 the Compass report took on a slightly more customer-focus by presenting overall results as a report card and by organizing the measures according to their maintenance objectives such as safety, stewardship, and aesthetics. Starting in 2008, pavement condition has been based on the PMMS (Pavement Maintenance Management System) data.


Research objectives including the following (1) work with the Compass Program Manager and other Compass team members to create useful and meaningful measures for understanding and changing maintenance conditions and (2) work with the Compass Program Manager and BHM managers to assess, revise, and develop the analysis and reporting procedures used for Compass.


  1. Review state performance targets and project deliverables
  2. Compute & analyze performance measures for the 2012 Field Review
  3. Draft Compass 2012 Report on Signs and the Report on Winter
  4. Follow procedures for computing Compass measures for bridges and for pavement maintenance condition
  5. Assemble Compass 2012 Report
  6. QA Analysis
  7. Pavement Analysis

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013
  • Budget: $61,567 in matching funds
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 08-02
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