A summary of the fall GIS in Transportation webcast is now available here.
The webcast speakers were Cecilio Martinez, Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Web Analyst, and Clayton Elkins, GIS Analyst, at the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The speakers discussed their iMap application, which was developed to consolidate the MPO’s transportation-related data into a single mapping application to help address data silos. The application, which began as a simple mechanism to include information on funded transportation projects, has since grown into a large repository of visually displayed data that can be tailored to users’ needs. Citizens and agency staff can now use iMap to answer complex transportation questions.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Upcoming Webinar: GIS and Optimization Tools for Linking Transportation and Natural Resource Planning
Please join the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Technology Implementation Group at the December National Highway Institute (NHI) Innovations Web Conference, which will address an approach for optimizing mitigation in a fiscally constrained environment.
The webcast will take place on Thursday, December 20 from 2:30-4:00 PM EST. Please register here.
Mr. Will Allen, III, Director of Strategic Conservation Fund and Dr. Kent Messer, Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware will discuss how optimization decision support tools, project selection criteria development techniques, and green infrastructure mapping can better balance the needs of transportation projects with environmental concerns. This is a follow-up to the June 2011 “Transportation Innovations: Linking Transportation and Natural Resource Planning Through Environmental GIS Tools,” which highlighted the experiences of Maryland and Texas.
Friday, December 7, 2012
State DOT Social Media Survey Released
In September, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released the results of their third annual survey of social media usage by state departments of transportation (available here). Forty-one states and the District of Columbia participated in this year’s survey, which showed that state DOTs have an increased interest improving the effectiveness of their social media programs. The survey also showed that states are on the leading edge of government agencies that are experimenting with newer social media tools like Pinterest and Storify. Finally, states are also increasing their capabilities to serve a mobile audience that depend on wireless devices like smartphones and tablet computers for information.