July 2021
The 35th Annual Standard Data Release (SDR) and Application Updates Completed for LTPP InfoPave

iENGINEERING successfully completed the SDR-35 data release and additional application updates for LTPP InfoPave on July 19, 2021. This release contains updates, additions, and changes made to the Pavement Performance Database (PPDB). Maintenance updates were also applied to the LTPP InfoPave website.

The Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program collects a large amount of pavement performance data that includes inventory, maintenance, monitoring, rehabilitation, materials testing, traffic, and climatic data. This data has been made available by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for pavement engineers, researchers, and other interested agencies. For this purpose, the data is released every year in the form of Oracle database dumps as part of the Standard Data Release (SDR). The SDR is also available in Microsoft Access and SQL Server formats for end-users. The SDR release includes updates to the Pavement Performance Database (PPDB), Ancillary Information Management System (AIMS), Reference Library, and resolution of various data and UI-related queries.

A number of functionality and data enhancements to the existing features have also been implemented. This includes incorporating available MERRA-2 data up to December 31, 2020, and restructuring of LTPP Data Analysis Plan into five new objectives to replace the previous nine objectives. The temperature output for LTPPBind Online has also been reconfigured and updated. In the Tabular Selection of Data Selection and Download feature, classification node-level selection has been implemented to make larger data selections more efficient.

New Enhancements Deployed on NTPEP DataMine

iENGINEERING has recently completed the deployment and integration of new enhancements and features for the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) DataMine web application. NTPEP DataMine is an online repository of product evaluation data and audit reports that helps the Departments of Transportation (DOTs) in selecting the pre-approved products and engineering firms for highway construction projects.  This application was designed and developed by iENGINEERING and it assists users in analyzing and reporting on current and past NTPEP evaluations and allows NTPEP testing facilities and auditors to enter real-time data online.

iENGINEERING recently upgraded several features of the website to further facilitate the end-users and State DOTs in their routine business processes. The “Reinforcing Steel and Wire (REBAR)” module was enhanced by adding additional data fields and making the audit information fields dynamic based upon the specimens selected in the application submission process. The exporting functionality was also upgraded, and an extra filter “Product Specification” is provided allowing users to export data in the form of Excel spreadsheets. The “Epoxy and Resin Based Adhesive Bonding Systems (ERB) module was enhanced by adding additional data fields in application submission functionality. Alongside this, the test management section was modified which is an option to select either a specific portion of test or complete portion on the test management section. The user can now select the portions on test management screen as per choice and process test data management. The option to view uploaded PDF documents online was also provided in the test management section.

New and Improved iWrapper - Coming Soon

iWrapper is a digital rights management solution offered by iENGINEERING that allows content owners to secure their PDF documents. The iWrapper team at iENGINEERING went back to the drawing board to realign the product with the current needs and demands in PDF security and distribution. This enhanced version of iWrapper now adds a host of new features to help organizations and publishers protect, distribute, monitor, and monetize their PDF documents.

iWrapper now comes with the US Government-approved AES 256-bit end-to-end encryption to secure PDF documents making it safe against unauthorized access. The upgraded version has a built-in e-commerce module that allows its users to monetize publications and generate additional revenue by licensing PDF documents. The users will now be able to track usage and generate summary reports through an intuitive portal. The document access policy has also been improved to allow limiting PDF access at certain locations and the ability to watermark documents with the licensee information.

iENGINEERING Integrates Biometric Hardware for Ghana Prison Management System

Collecting and maintaining records of inmates within a prison is a time-consuming process that can easily be mishandled if not administered properly. Keeping this in mind, iENGINEERING successfully implemented the integration of biometric hardware for the Ghana Prison Management System (GPMS). Recognized as most effective for individual identification, GPMS is enabled with a fingerprint scanning function that allows law enforcement authorities to register biometric data for each prisoner. This will optimize access control for individual prisoner data with a given fingerprint sample, which in turn will mitigate time lags, and ensure data authentication, discretion, veracity, and non-repudiation.

iENGINEERING Launches Transconomy Viewer

Delivering processed data for transportation projects should not just include bland Excel sheets that are difficult to comprehend. Transportation asset data can now be visually represented in an intuitive way for end-users, which will allow for more useful data analysis and provide an easier means for drawing conclusions. iENGINEERING is pleased to announce the official release of Transconomy Viewer, a new offering in the Transconomy lineup that serves as a value-add for transportation agencies to visualize their data.

Transconomy Viewer provides agencies with the tools to instantly visualize transportation and infrastructure data on color-coded interactive maps. Adding to the Transconomy ecosystem, Transconomy Viewer supports point- and segment-based data attributes and is designed to be data-agnostic, which allows agencies to visualize any type of road attribute on a map. It also enables users to easily share and distribute their visualized data to other users in different agencies.

iENGINEERING Expands its Operations in Dubai (UAE)

iENGINEERING is delighted to officially announce the opening of a new office located in the heart of the Silicon Oasis, Dubai, UAE. This office will become the epicenter of intelligent solutions for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and serve as a technology hub and a center for research and innovation for the IT industry in the Middle East.

Dubai’s Silicon Oasis is a free-trade zone, offering incentives and benefits to companies operating within the technology park. iENGINEERING is headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia with most of its operations held in the US and Pakistan; therefore, this new office will provide direct access to clients based in the MENA region. It will also serve as a convenient and centralized location to facilitate in-person meetings with clients from North America and Europe.

Employee Profile: Zaraq Khan (Senior Software Developer)

Mr. Khan possesses an extensive work experience, of over 8 years, in the field of software development. Currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at iENGINEERING, Mr. Khan has been actively involved in many prominent projects of the company, including the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) InfoBridge, the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) InfoPave, and the MnROAD Data Portal. Mr. Khan has a lead role in designing application architecture for complex web applications and data portals. He has excellent programming and development process expertise. He also has considerable experience in Azure DevOps and has implemented complete Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) model on multiple projects at iENGINEERING. Overall, Mr. Khan demonstrates a strong ability to fuse client needs and user expectations into cost efficient, high-value solutions.

Mr. Khan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from FAST University, and a Master’s degree in Project Management from SZABIST. Apart from his proven expertise in the design, development and implementation of web applications, Mr. Khan is also a Microsoft Certified Azure Professional with an added professional certification in Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence and Microsoft Power BI.