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1 Web Trnsport Technology Trnsport User Group Conference Bob DeHoff, Info Tech, Inc October 9, 2008

2 Topics Technical TRT Deployment Installation and Migration Database and Data Interfaces Customization Anticipated Future Infrastructure Resources Q&A

3 Technical TRT (formed September 2007) MemberAgencyRole Don GraysonMississippiChair, TTF member Todd BerglandMinnesotaVice Chair, TTF member Chris CalvertFloridaMember Igor CrljenicaMichiganMember Thane MitchellTexasMember Lee BurbachNebraskaMember Brian GoluskaMichiganMember Sarah CollinsLouisianaMember

4 Deployment

5 Business Processing Capacity Business processing is distributed differently in web Trnsport than it is in Client/Server Trnsport…

6 C/S Trnsport Processing Distribution C/S distributes processing across both user desktops and batch servers

7 C/S Trnsport with Terminal Server Terminal servers shift most of the load off the desktop clients

8 Web Trnsport Processing Distribution All processing performed by web/application servers. For good performance, more capacity is needed for these servers than what you have for your C/S batch servers.

9 Deployment – Minimum Configuration Clients Web/Application Server Hosts 3 Logical Layers Presentation Business Data User session lives on server Database Server

10 Scale Up Using an IIS Web Garden Multi-CPU server configured as an IIS “Web Garden” Local ASP.NET State Server shares user session across Worker Processes in Web Garden

11 Scale Up More With an IIS Web Farm Multiple servers configured as a “Web Farm” using a Load Balancer such as Windows Network Load Balancing ASP.NET State Server shares session across servers in the farm. Can be hosted on one of the web servers or a separate server The configuration shown here is the one used for web Trnsport performance testing

12 Where’s “Batch”? Long running processes run as asynchronous processes on the Web/Application Servers –Examples: Bid import, Export to SiteManager –Does not use Distributed Processing Services User notified of process completion User can view and manage process history User can schedule processes such as reports to run on a periodic basis –Load-balanced across farm when scheduled –Scheduler uses Windows Task Manager API

13 Release Test Platforms Application ComponentLanguage and ToolsPlatform Components ClientsHTML CSS JavaScript Windows XP SP2 Internet Explorer 6/7, Firefox 1 PDF Viewer Web/Application Servers.NET Framework 2 SP1 ASP.NET C# ActiveReports Windows Server 2003 R1 SP2 IIS 6 Native database drivers* Database ServerDBMSWindows Server 2003 R1 SP2** Oracle 10g ( ) DB2 8.2 * ODBC drivers required for Data Migration Utility only ** Oracle 10g also supported on Sun Solaris and HPUX database servers

14 Installation and Migration

15 Installation Step-by-step installation guide –Includes web server and garden configuration guidelines –Web farm configuration is dependent on the load balancing solution your agency chooses Software installation package –Application software and online documentation –Database scripts Skills needed –IIS and Windows server administration –Database administration

16 Installation Validation Automated testing package (optional install) Suite of thousands of automated tests –Typically takes a few hours to run Use with a dedicated database instance –First thing tests do is empty all database tables! –Data Migration Utility tests clear PES/LAS database too! Tests must be run against base configuration –Tests depend on base configuration, so customizations can cause tests to fail To test product updates, maintain a separate application instance of the base configuration

17 Migration from Client/Server PES/LAS Data Migration Utility –Command-line program run outside of web Trnsport –Direct database-to-database pull/push Migrates business data, including generic fields Migrates user list, but not passwords or privileges Validates data against web Trnsport rules –PES/LAS referential integrity issues are most common issues pre- release and beta agencies have experienced Migration only supported for latest PES/LAS release (5.9c) Customizations such as RTF, custom processes, and PowerBuilder customizations not migrated

18 Database and Data Interfaces

19 Data Partitioning At the physical level, separate sets of Preconstruction and Construction tables –Example: Proposal table and Contract table But only one set of reference data All in one unified database instance Contracts transition from Preconstruction to Construction when ready to progress Where needed, Construction tables include both original and current information –Example: Original and current item quantity

20 Data Partitioning Preconstruction Tree Construction Tree Reference Tree Trnsport Database

21 Data Partitioning – Why? Performance –Most functions require either only Preconstruction data or only Construction data, not both –Extra unneeded data would be fetched often if Preconstruction and Construction data stored in same table –For the few functions that need data from both sides, use views that pull from both Lower system complexity –Example: Contracts can start in Preconstruction or directly in Construction - rules are more complex if everything is combined Ad hoc access –Sensitive engineer’s estimate information separated from construction information –Ad hoc queries don’t have to deal with separating preconstruction and construction information

22 Accessing “PROPITEM” Data Contained in web Trnsport Proposal, Proposal Section, and Proposal Item tables Use workflow phase rule to tell system when proposal structure is locked in –“FixProposalItem” rule –Typically at phase where bids are received Prior to locking proposal structure… –User function to fill proposal’s data into tables –Analogous to LAS Initialize Letting Proposals function Once FixProposalItem rule is triggered… –Data is permanently stored –Can be accessed and re-accessed from then on

23 Record Creation and Update Stamps Similar to SiteManager Record stamp columns in each business table –Who created it and when –Who last updated it and when Filled in whenever row is created or updated Provides some traceability –Doesn’t address deletes –Doesn’t provide transaction-by-transaction history

24 Database Transaction Logging Enabled through agency option Option setting applies to all servers in farm Transactions are logged to a database table to provide a unified, farm-wide log Option to only log for one specific user –Use this to focus on something specific Logging adds overhead, so leaving logging on all the time is not recommended

25 Data Interfaces Preconstruction interfaces to C/S and standalone Trnsport –2-way: CES, Estimator, SAPW, SiteXchange –1-way: CAS, SiteManager, BAMS/DSS –Plus LAS Data Views for BAMS/DSS CRLMS interfaces to C/S Trnsport (all 1-way) –PES/LAS, CAS, SiteManager Interfaces to external systems –Bidding systems (e.g., Bid Express) Export to Expedite, import bids –aecXML standard (e.g., Bentley Quantity Manager) Export reference data, import project

26 Customization

27 Data Customization Add custom fields to any table –As many as you need –Of any of the standard data types Customize data validations –Further constrain base field validations –Define validations for your custom fields –Set of validation rules provided Set default value for any field

28 User Interface & Report Customizations User interface –Change entity and field names “County”  “Parish”, “Project Id”  “Job Id” –Hide unused fields –Make fields read-only –Change field order on pages Reports –Interactive report design tool –Change report format –Can add queries against the database –Can add business logic

29 Custom Reports & Processes Custom reports –Interactive report design tool –Create custom reports using ActiveReports –Define who can run them –Optionally drive off same datasets as base reports –Define runtime parameters for user to fill in Custom processes –Make agency programs accessible to users Anything that can be run from a command line –Define who can run them –Optionally send output back to user’s browser

30 Custom Interfaces Data Loader –Load data from a flat file –Predefined columnar file format –Input file can include data from multiple tables –Validates data against web Trnsport rules –Similar to C/S batch load, but input format automatically includes generic fields you define Custom Exports –Use ActiveReports to create flat files –Columnar, XML, and Excel formats –Optionally drive off same datasets as base reports

31 Anticipated Future Infrastructure

32 Roughly 50% of Preconstruction project was devoted to developing foundation that will be used in the other business areas Anticipated future infrastructure aspects… –Access to Trnsport by external stakeholders –Meeting the needs of field personnel (standalone) –Custom data collection (templates) –Decision support (Analytical Store) –Section 508 & WCAG accessibility standards compliance

33 Resources Web Trnsport home page on Cloverleaf –http://www.cloverleaf.net/webtrnsport –Hardware/Software requirements –Platform plan –Web Trnsport versus C/S summary of changes –Mapping from C/S to web Trnsport database –etc. Web Trnsport Online Help –See System Management section

34 Q & A


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