The TRADAS product feature-list is rich in providing users with automated functions. The purpose of this page is to provide a highlighted quick reference list to features provided by the TRADAS product. For more detailed information on each feature, click on the links that have have been provided for each feature below.
The quick-start menu provides a TRADAS user with a way to navigate through the application. Looking at the quick-start menu gives a TRADAS user a quick way of understanding how the TRADAS application features are organized. Within the quick-start menu, the client selects from three core functions of viewing/editing data, loading data/work orders, or running reports/utilities. A client can also choose to jump directly to specific features within the TRADAS application by clicking on the feature name listed under the three core functions such as Sites listed under the viewing/editing data core function.
For more information on the quick-start menu feature, click here.
Setting up a site so that eveyone knows the location where all traffic data statistics are associated is one of the most important features in the TRADAS product. The site set-up feature provides TRADAS users with a way to configure and define where traffic sites are located. Within the TRADAS product, clients have many ways in which to configure naming conventions for a site location. For example, the naming convention can be referenced by mile-post beginning and ending markers, traffic station identification (ID) numbers, unique ID combination of letters and numbers, or geographic (global position system (GPS)) coordinates. Site-set up features allow the TRADAS user to define all the different naming conventions for a specific site. Other site-set up features include: adding address location information, assigning sites to daily, axle, seasonal, and growth factor groups, setting up the direction of travel, entering the number of lanes in each direction of travel, selecting the county, and assigning the site to a specific functional classification designation.
For more information site set-up features, click here.
Data loading features are numerous in the TRADAS product. Once all site information is populated using the site set-up features, data collected in the field from a site is exported and loaded into the TRADAS data warehouse. Daily, monthly and annual traffic data is loaded and stored in the TRADAS data warehouse. Data from short-duration and continuous count data sources can be loaded. The TRADAS product is compatible with all major traffic data collection equipment devices such as Diamond, Peek, IRD, TimeMark, MetroCount, Jamar, etc. which allows exported data from multiple data collection devices to be stored in one location inside of TRADAS (the enterprise-wide traffic data warehouse). Loading data from specific traffic site locations provides a traffic data analyst with the ability to check the validity of data collected in the field regardless of the data collection device. Once data is loaded into the TRADAS system, traffic patterns such as day of the week, seasonality, commuter versus recreational patterns are easily seen and displayed in standard TRADAS reports. Highlighting a few of the data loading features, a client can load traffic volume, speed, classification (axle and length-based), and weigh-in-motion data into the TRADAS product. The TRADAS product automatically interprets the type of device (manufactures export file) in which the data was collected from such as (Diamond, Peek, IRD, TimeMark, MetroCount, Jamar, etc.). When a client loads data, the TRADAS product also automatically checks the data by running validation parameters that ensure all quality assurance and quality checking (QA/QC) procedures are incorporated into the processing steps of traffic data processing and analyses. While the client loads data, the TRADAS product automatically displays the status of data loading processes in a work order status window.
For more information on this feature, click here.
TRADAS users have the ability to set up automated validation quality assurance and quality checking (QA/QC) checks within the TRADAS system. Validation checks can be configured to apply to all site statistics or customized to the site specific location. Chaparral Systems Corporation staff have spent a significant amount of time incorporating data validation checks into the TRADAS system. These validation checks are well documented in Chaparral's more than 40 page validation checking documentation that describes each individual QA/QC check within the TRADAS product. Upon loading data into the TRADAS data warehouse, data is automatically checked and each data that fails a check is flagged. A TRADAS user can review data loading status through the work order window display where data that does not pass a validation check is flagged with an alert. There are a few types of flags provided to the TRADAS user in the work order window including the following:
- - Data Failed Icon
- - Data Caution Icon
Data that passes all checks do not have any flags. This flagging of data allows a TRADAS user to handle each specific data item individually.
For more information on the Validation QA/QC features, click here.
TRADAS provides clients with the option to create site groups. Creating site groups is a convenient way for TRADAS users to filter data by site group. For example, a site group might contain all traffic stations that are federally designated as an
interstate (FC 1). Many features within the TRADAS product take advantage of the site grouping feature such as running reports and viewing data by site group. Simply defined, a site group contains two or more sites that are grouped together
for the purpose of filtering, viewing, and reporting data by site group.
For more information on the site grouping feature, click here.
Chaparral Systems Corporation provides TRADAS users with a mapping component that visually displays a map of a client's traffic station locations. All traffic site IDs (the Site ID naming convention) are displayed and locations are mapped depending on a user-defined viewing scale. Within the mapping feature, traffic count site information is provided such as the location description, the county, and the number of short-duration or continuous count days of data collected in the calendar year are displayed. Additional mapping features include a display of Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) volumes and charts and graphs. Chart and graph displays are user-defined for example, a TRADAS user might display total hourly volumes which are plotted in red, total hourly volumes in the primary direction plotted in light blue, and the total hourly volumes in the secondary direction plotted in green.
For more information on this feature, click here.
At the end of the defined traffic data year, typically a calendar year, TRADAS users have access to year-end processing tools. These tools provide automated creation of annual statistics (AADTs), more QA/QC checks specific to annualization of data, and reconciliation of count data for annual publication purposes. If data does not pass annual QA/QC validation checks, data is flagged and the TRADAS user determines the next step in the annual process for that site-specific statistic.
For more information on the annual processing features, click here.
There are a number of reporting features found within the TRADAS product. Since the TRADAS product services over 15 different clients, many reports have been developed and are now part of the core "out-of-the-box" TRADAS product. Reports are well defined in the suite of TRADAS documentation including a 100 plus page document showing examples of reports generated from the TRADAS product.
For more information on the data reporting features, click here.