In North Carolina, areas considered to be urban in nature must have a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process. These processes are carried out by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). Members of each of the 19 MPOs in North Carolina make up NCAMPO.
Gannett Fleming and GeoDecisions partnered at the NCAMPO conference held from April 26th –28th in New Bern, N.C., where GeoDecisions’ Caitlyn Meyer presented PennDOT’s Maintenance-IQ application. Caitlyn serves as one of our project managers for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) GIS application development assignments, including the Maintenance-IQ system. A powerful tool that puts the power of GIS technology in the hands of MPO managers, PennDOT roadway maintenance managers, and division planners, the application enables decision makers to query data across systems in a geospatial environment to answer key business questions, such as:
· Where roadways are a poor condition, but have not been added to the 5-year maintenance plan?
· Where is out of sequence work planned, such as paving a road and then installing a pipe?
Through actionable data intelligence, Maintenance-IQ improves the planning and sequencing roadwork across Pennsylvania.
In addition to maintenance and planning application solutions, Eric Rensel, PE, a Gannett Fleming vice president, co-presented with Jeff Lindley, PE, Chief Transportation Office of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The duo led a discussion about ITE initiatives focused on ‘Transportation and the Public Health’ and ‘Opportunities to Develop Smart Communities.’ Eric’s transportation operations division has partnered with Brian Smith, GeoDecisions’ vice president of commercial solutions, to position Gannett Fleming and GeoDecisions as thought leaders in the Smart Communities movement.
The Gannett Fleming and GeoDecisions team had a strong showing at the conference with participation across multiple business lines including application development, roadway design, traffic operations, management services, and transportation planning.
*Fun fact: New Bern, North Carolina is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.
Thank you to the staff that supported this great conference, and a special thanks to staff in attendance:
Patrick Anater, AICP – Senior Transportation Planning Manager, Raleigh Office
Tom Goodwin, PE – Roadway Planning and Design Manager, Raleigh Office
David Graham – Senior Transportation Operations Manager, Raleigh Office
Caitlyn Meyer – Project Manager, Camp Hill Office
Eric Rensel, PE – Vice President, Camp Hill Office
Terry Snow, PE – Vice President and North Carolina/Virginia Transportation Manager