The summer GIS in Transportation Newsletter is now available here. This newsletter features an article by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, GISP of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IA DOT). She discusses IA DOT maintenance and construction staff's ongoing transition to the use of tablet computers to improve asset data collection and management, and the related initiatives this effort has inspired.
Also included is an editorial by Michelle Barnes and Steve Karamihas of the Engineering Systems Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. They highlight the importance of GIS in supporting road roughness research.
IA DOT’s prototype application
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
GIS Summer Webcast
Summary now online
A summary of the summer GIS in Transportation webcast is now available here.
Gwen Ford of the City of High Point, NC, discussed the development of the city’s sign inventory and management tools. Tasked with complying with recent FHWA traffic sign retroreflectivity requirements, the City of High Point Transportation Department developed an internet-based inventory of existing traffic signs using ArcGIS API for Flex. Using aerials and collecting on-the-ground information, the department cataloged the signs and were able to quickly and efficiently upgrade outdated signs. In order to manage the signs after replacement, the department began using an internet-based application by Design Info Tech called TEAMS. TEAMS is both cost-effective and robust, and allows the department to maintain the sign inventory, dispatch work orders, produce reimbursement reports, and more. The TEAMS interface is friendly enough to accommodate a wide range of users, and streamlines work for office staff, work crew, management, and supervisors.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Upcoming GIS in Transportation Webcast
E-TRIMS: Spatially enabling TDOT’s enterprise for decision support
Please join the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for its 20th installment in a quarterly series of webcasts highlighting applications of geospatial technologies in transportation.
The webcast will take place on Tuesday, October 29th, from 2-3 PM ET.
Bryan Semore of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will discuss the DOT’s new web-based roadway information management system. TDOT has a rich history of deploying technology to help manage critical infrastructure facilities. For example, TDOT’s Tennessee Roadway Information Management System (TRIMS) provided tremendous benefit to TDOT by performing complex data maintenance as well as roadway analytics. However, the cost of deploying and maintaining this largescale client/server based application was a big challenge. To address these issues, TDOT decided to create E-TRIMS - a new web-based application with the same analysis capabilities in a modernized format. E-TRIMS provides a customizable map interface with "Road Finder" query capabilities, allowing output on the map or as a tabular report, as well as thematic maps and charts. In addition, E-TRIMS allows users to perform and save any number of queries and change map settings for future use or access by other DOT users. This webcast will address the goals, objectives, challenges and benefits of E-TRIMS to TDOT.
To access the webcast, please see the information listed below:
The intended audiences for this webcast series are planners and GIS practitioners from State Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, FHWA Division Offices, and State and Federal resource agencies.
If you would like highlight one of your agency's geospatial applications in an upcoming webcast, please contact Paige Colton (email@example.com or 617-494-2361). Information on previous webcasts can be found here on FHWA’s GIS in Transportation website.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Using Cloud Services to Support Environmental Streamlining
The May 2013 issue of FHWA's "Successess in Streamlining" newsletter is now available. The feature story is: “Using Cloud Services to Support Environmental Streamlining” and is available here.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Case Studies in GIS for Internet Portals
Now available online
FHWA sponsored a research effort that investigates the experiences of transportation agencies in the deployment of Internet-based mapping portals based on GIS. The report summarizing this research is now available here.
The report presents background information, a series of case studies, and a summary of conclusions given the experiences of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Interactive Mapping Program; New York State DOT's Oversize/Overweight Pre-Screening Tool; Georgia DOT's GeoTRAQS; Iowa DOT's Snow Plow Portal; and Kansas DOT's KGATE system.
FHWA Geospatial Data Collaboration (GDC)
GDC is a new initiative for geospatial data-sharing sponsored by FHWA. The initiative encourages transportation agencies to use geospatial tools to share data, increase collaboration, and improve the quality and speed of transportation decision-making.