Turbo Architecture Overview

Turbo Architecture

Turbo Architecture is an interactive software application that assists transportation planners and system integrators, both in the public and private sectors, in the development of regional and project architectures using the National ITS Architecture as a starting point.

Turbo screen snapshot showing the requirements tab.

The user interface for Turbo Architecture provides support for the FHWA Rule 940 and FTA Policy for Regional ITS Architectures and Standards, with features like:

  • Functional Requirements Support.
  • Project Sequencing Support.
  • Operational Concept (i.e. Roles and Responsibilities).
  • Stakeholders and associated Inventory
  • Support for List of Agreements.
  • User Tailored List of Standards.

The “Turbo Conversion“ utility, automatically converts existing Turbo databases so they are consistent with the current version of the National ITS Architecture, providing users a convenient way to migrate their architectures to take advantage of all the new architecture features. The automated portion of the conversion process requires only a minute or two. Specialized conversion reports document all architecture changes that were made during the conversion so the user retains full control over their architecture.

More about Turbo... Turbo Architecture provides an initial start toward both architecture development and consistency with the National ITS Architecture. To properly use the software, the Turbo user must be familiar with the National ITS Architecture. National ITS Architecture and Turbo Architecture training courses are available for those who require additional background information on the National ITS Architecture or its application in regional and project architecture development.

Turbo Architecture allows a user to:

  • Create a regional architecture
  • Create one or more project architectures
  • Maintain consistency between the regional and project architectures
  • Generate a variety of architecture reports, diagrams, and tables
  • Create a set of web pages and a publication-ready document for your regional ITS architecture
The user's architectures are saved in Microsoft Access-compatible data files. Each data file may contain one regional architecture and multiple project architectures. Turbo Architecture helps the user integrate multiple project architectures with each other and with a regional architecture.

Information can be entered into Turbo Architecture using tabular forms. As the user progresses through the architecture definition process, the user progresses from left to right across each of the tabs to identify stakeholders, inventory, services, functional requirements, interfaces, standards, and ultimately agreements.

Once this initial data input is complete, Turbo Architecture provides powerful customization tools that allow the user to customize the architecture to match their specific requirements. Many outputs are available for display, print, or publication. The user can extend the National ITS Architecture by adding their own information flows and transportation elements for those areas not covered by the National ITS Architecture.

Turbo Architecture Versions… Turbo Architecture has supported the development of regional and project architectures since the release of Version 3.0 of the National ITS Architecture. The following table shows the relationship between the versions of Turbo Architecture and the National ITS Architecture.

National Architecture Version Turbo Architecture Version Automatic Update of Existing Turbo Databases
7.1
7.1
Yes
7.0
7.0
Yes
6.1
5.0
Yes
6.1
4.1
Yes
6.0
4.0
Yes
5.1
3.1
Yes
5.0
3.0
Yes
4.0
2.0
Yes
3.0
1.0, 1.1
No

A What's New document for Turbo 7.1 describes all the new features, and enhancements to existing features that are included.

System Requirements

  • PC-Compatible
  • Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
  • 150 MB Free on Hard Drive
  • Minimum 1024X768 Monitor Resolution
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