An Investigation of the Feasibility of Interactive Videodisc as a Training Mode for VDOT

Report No: 91-R25

Published in 1991

About the report:

This report addressed the potential application of interactive videodisc (IVD) technology in the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The research revealed that IVD is a growing force as a training vehicle in several industries and institutions and pointed to multiple training possibilities for VDOT. Responses to an IVD user survey sent to 58 state and federal transportation agencies showed that IVD is also garnering the interest and support of several agencies. However, IVD requires a large, up-front monetary investment, and initial costs need to be well substantiated before investment. By coupling an examination of IVD hardware components and their costs with several criteria that justify in implementation of IVD, this report gives guidelines along with recommendations for further consideration of the adoption of IVD for VDOT training. In addition, this report provides an evaluation of two FHWA-developed IVD training programs (Pavement Structure Repair Techniques and Work Zone Traffic Control), and it is recommended that VDOT conduct a pilot study of the former program.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Peggi E. Hunter, Michael A. Perfater

Last updated: December 25, 2023

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