Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) FieldManager
FieldManager is a road construction management software developed to help eliminate a time-consuming and error-prone paper process for managing road construction projects. The consultant-developed software allows users to track the progress of construction projects and the documentation process. It also stores and maintains data for all aspects of contracts, integrating with existing financial systems for contractor payments and long-range planning systems. In Michigan, there are more than 1,200 FieldManager users including all MDOT offices, 128 local agencies, and 100 private firms. FieldManager produces substantial budgetary savings as the use of the software saves the State of Michigan over $28.5 million per year.
FHWA’s Office of Planning recently published the report "Applications of GIS for Climate Change." The report, which is available here, describes the current practice and application of GIS technologies for integrating climate change into the transportation decision-making process. It examines how select state, regional, and local agencies are using GIS to analyze, mitigate, and adapt to the potential effects and impacts of climate change on the transportation sector.
GIS climate change application
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Summer GIS in Transportation Newsletter
Newsletter now available online
The Summer GIS in Transportation Newsletter is now available here.
The summer newsletter includes an article by Chris Zajac of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Bud Luo, Ph.D., and James Yeager, P.E., PTP, both of Michael Baker Jr., Inc. They discuss NJDOT's traffic monitoring system (TMS), which helps NJDOT and system users to monitor and manage traffic conditions.
Also included is an editorial by Craig Schorling of the Transmap Corporation.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Summer GIS in Transportation Webcast
Upcoming on August 29
Please join the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for its 11th installment in a quarterly series of webcasts highlighting applications of geospatial technologies in transportation.
The webcast will take place on Monday, August 29th, from 2-3 PM (EDT).
The speaker is Sharon Osowski, Ph.D., Ecologist/Environmental Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region 6. Dr. Osowski will present on the Geographic Information System Screening and Analysis Tool (GISST), Regional Ecological Assessment Protocol (REAP), and related tools. Both the GISST and REAP were developed by EPA's Region 6. The GISST is a screening process that evaluates environmental vulnerability and impact through the use of over 100 different types of environmental resource and stressor “criteria” developed by EPA. REAP uses existing GIS data to classify land on the basis of ecological importance and will cover all of Region 6.
To access the webinar, 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 Alisa Fine (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-494-2310). Information on previous webcasts can be found here on FHWA’s GIS in Transportation website.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
NCHRP Report 695 Published
A Guide for Implementing An Enterprise GIS for Right-of-Way
NCHRP Report 695 Cover
A new report is available on the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) website. From their website:
"TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 695: Guide for Implementing a Geospatially Enabled Enterprise-wide Information Management System for Transportation Agency Real Estate Offices provides guidance for right-of-way offices in implementing a geospatially enabled enterprise-wide information management system and includes a logical model to assist with this implementation."
This report was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in cooperation with FHWA. You can get a copy of the report here.