SITSA QA/QA Documentation - Consensus Systems Technologies

SITSA QA/QA Documentation - Consensus Systems Technologies
Technical Memorandum
Florida Statewide Intelligent Transportation System
Architecture Update Project
Quality Assurance/Quality Control Documentation
Version 3.0
December 23, 2015
Prepared for:
Florida Department of Transportation
TMS&O Program
605 Suwannee Street, M.S. 90
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450
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DOCUMENT CONTROL PANEL
File Name:
Quality Assurance/Quality Control Documentation
File Location:
www.consystec.com/florida/index.htm
Version Number:
3.0
Name
Created By:
Date
John Baker, ConSysTec
11/23/2015
Robert S. Jaffe, Ph.D., CSEP
12/07/2015
Karen England, FDOT/Atkins
12/08/2015
Armelle Burleson, FDOT/Atkins
12/11/2015
Derek Vollmer, FDOT
12/23/2015
Reviewed By:
Modified By:
Approved By:
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Table of Contents
1 Introduction ................................................................................................................. 1
1.1
1.2
Purpose ......................................................................................................................................... 1
ITS Architecture Update Process .................................................................................................. 1
2 Identifying Controlled Documents ............................................................................... 2
2.1.1
2.1.2
2.1.3
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Controlled Documents/Files ............................................................................................. 3
Document Integrity .......................................................................................................... 3
Location of the Controlled Documents ............................................................................ 4
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List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
CFR ......................................................................................................Code of Federal Regulations
FDOT .................................................................................... Florida Department of Transportation
FHWA ........................................................................................... Federal Highway Administration
FTE .....................................................................................................Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
ITS.............................................................................................. Intelligent Transportation Systems
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1 Introduction
1.1
Purpose
The purpose of this document is to identify all documentation, databases, and web sites
developed or updated for the Florida Statewide Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Architecture update program. This document will summarize the process used to update
the architecture, along with the contents of the documents, databases, and web sites,
and identify where each document may be found.
1.2
ITS Architecture Update Process
The update of the Florida Statewide ITS Architecture program, conducted during 2014
and 2015, generated four types of outputs:

Florida Statewide ITS Architecture web pages

Turbo Architecture Database

Customized Service Package Diagrams

ITS Architecture Documents
As part of the architecture updates, ConSysTec led stakeholder discussions regarding
the transportation services being provided, or being planned for, in each of the Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT) Districts as well as Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
(FTE) and for statewide services. This was a consensus review of the architectures
based upon review of ITS Architecture web sites, relying on a Turbo Architecture
database and a set of customized service package diagrams. Each District, the FTE,
and the stakeholders responsible for the ITS statewide services followed the same
process.
First, stakeholders were interviewed. The results of the interviews were documented
and validated by the stakeholders, and the Turbo Architecture database and customized
Service Package diagrams were updated. Next, these documents were reviewed at an
ITS architecture workshop, held in each respective region, including for the FTE and
Statewide Services architectures. Using the additional inputs from the ITS Architecture
workshops, a draft web site was generated for each regional ITS architecture based on
the information contained in the updated Turbo Architecture database and updated
customized Service Package diagrams.
Stakeholders in each region were provided with the address of their draft ITS
architecture web site and invited to provide comments on their portions of the ITS
architecture. In addition, stakeholders were provided with a short guide to find their
respective portions of the draft architecture. Comments received during this review
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period were collected and stored in a comments log, along with a resolution to each
comment from the ITS architecture update team. Finally, these comments were
incorporated into a final ITS architecture web site.
In addition, the project team created an ITS architecture document for each regional ITS
architecture. These documents serve three purposes:

Define the portions of the regional ITS architecture in accordance with the
Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Final Rule 23 Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) 940;

Explain what the portions of the regional ITS architecture represent for
stakeholders; and

Explain how the regional ITS architecture can be used for support of planning
and project development activities.
In addition, each ITS architecture document contains an appendix mapping the regional
ITS architecture to Rule 23 CFR 511, a federal requirement on providing real-time traffic
and travel conditions on highways. Rule 511 requires that "all states and regions
evaluate their regional ITS architecture to determine whether the regional ITS
architecture explicitly address real-time highway and transit information needs and the
methods needed to meet such needs." To meet this requirement, each document
specifically maps out the portions of the regional ITS architecture that support the Data
Exchange Format Specifications provided by the FHWA in order to meet this
requirement.
At the end of the Florida Statewide ITS Architecture update process, the ITS
Architecture web sites were again compared and updated a final time to ensure
consistency with the adjacent and overlapping (statewide services) regional ITS
architectures. In addition, a ConSysTec staff member who had not previously worked on
this project conducted a formal review (based on the “ITS Architecture Assessments”
conducted by the United States Department of Transportation National ITS Architecture
Team) of each regional ITS architecture to ensure consistency with Rule 940 as well as
to ensure architecture quality. Each respective ITS architecture web site was updated a
final time using the results of these architecture checklists and collected comments as
inputs.
2 Identifying Controlled Documents
Criteria for documenting the quality assurance process consist of establishing what the
controlled documents are, where they are kept, and how the integrity of the document is
maintained. This section details the controlled documents for the Florida Statewide ITS
Architecture Update.
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2.1.1 Controlled Documents/Files
Previous versions of the Florida Statewide ITS Architecture were based on a single
Turbo Architecture database. Based on comments from the FHWA, it was determined
that for this update of the Florida Statewide ITS Architecture, each respective regional
ITS architecture should have a distinct Turbo Architecture database, including regional
projects.
In addition to a Turbo Architecture database, each architecture is also described by a
set of customized service package diagrams created in Microsoft Visio. The set of
customized service package diagrams for each regional ITS architecture is consistent
with each region's respective Turbo Architecture database based on proprietary
software developed by ConSysTec.
Each regional ITS architecture is also presented in an ITS architecture web site, hosted
at www.consystec.com. Each web site was developed based on the underlying
information found in each region's Turbo Architecture database and customized set of
service package diagrams. The ITS architecture web pages represent a holistic view of
each regional ITS architecture and are designed to present a user-friendly view of the
information contained in each regional ITS architecture.
Finally, each regional ITS architecture is represented by a regional ITS architecture
document. These documents are not meant to contain the totality of the information of
each regional ITS architecture, but rather explain the portions of the ITS architecture on
the respective web site, how the regional ITS architecture is to be used, and how each
regional ITS architecture meets the requirements of Rule 940.
Therefore, the controlled documents/files are:
 Eight Turbo Architecture databases, one for each regional ITS architecture;
 Eight Microsoft Visio files detailing customized service package diagrams, one
for each regional ITS architecture;
 Eight ITS architecture sets of hyperlinked web pages, one set for each regional
ITS architecture; and
 Eight regional ITS architecture documents, one for each regional ITS
architecture.
2.1.2 Document Integrity
The controlled documents were edited and updated by a single ConSysTec staff
member through the entirety of the Florida Statewide Regional ITS Architecture update
process. All changes to the ITS architecture documents and files were made by the
same staff member.
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2.1.3 Location of the Controlled Documents
ConSysTec stores the controlled documents in a central repository on their ftp server.
The files may be accessed for each respective ITS architecture through the following ftp
links:

District 1: www.consystec.com/florida/district1.zip

District 2: www.consystec.com/florida/district2.zip

District 3: www.consystec.com/florida/district3.zip

District 4 and 6: www.consystec.com/florida/district46.zip

District 5: www.consystec.com/florida/district5.zip

District 7: www.consystec.com/florida/district7.zip

FTE: www.consystec.com/florida/FTE.zip

Statewide: www.consystec.com/florida/statewide.zip
Each archived file (.zip) contains a set of the controlled documents for each respective
regional ITS architecture. This includes each regional Turbo Architecture database,
each set of customized service package diagrams, each regional ITS architecture
document, and a copy of each regional ITS architecture top level web page. Although
these files are contained in an archive format, they are quite large and may take some
time to download.
In addition to the above ftp archives, each regional ITS architecture web site is
accessible from the ConSysTec homepage, at www.consystec.com by following the link
to the "Florida Statewide Update."
Each regional ITS architecture web site contains a "project documents" web page,
accessible through the "resources" tab on the menu along the top of each web page.
Each Project Documents web page contains a copy of the Turbo Architecture database
and regional ITS architecture document for each respective regional ITS architecture.
This page also contains a copy of the presentation made at each respective regional
ITS architecture workshop as well as the comments log describing each comment
submitted (and comment resolution) for each regional ITS architecture during the
stakeholder review period.
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