(January 21, 2015/Harrisburg, Pa.) A geographic information system (GIS)-based snow route planning application is making headlines with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Developed for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) by GeoDecisions, an information technology (IT) company specializing in geospatial solutions, the application is helping PennDOT staff enhance public service, efficiently combat Old Man Winter, and potentially save millions in the process.
In the January 2015 edition of FHWA’s GIS in Transportation Newsletter, Sandra Tosca, PE, PennDOT district executive for Engineering District 3-0, describes how PennDOT’s new snow route application assesses winter operations. The system addresses transportation route data gaps and improves snow route mapping.
“PennDOT identified snow maps as the most cumbersome project for GIS operators because of the need to reconcile erroneous location references,” said Tosca. “In addition, there was no way to develop statewide maps that could be used to identify routing efficiencies across county lines.” Through their snow route planning application, PennDOT is tackling these data management and mapping issues.
The application’s geospatial IT approach enabled PennDOT to generate reports and metrics to better assess its 11 engineering districts and focus on process improvements. For more snow route project facts and figures including projected cost savings, read Tosca’s FHWA article.
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