GOTUG Quarterly Webinar GIS-T Symposium Topics – Data

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Register today for a Wednesday, June 3, at 1:00 pm eastern webinar on Data Topics from the GIS-T Symposium. Registration is free, but required:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This Webinar will feature two presentations original slated for the 2020 GIS-T Symposium

Creating CIMS: The Benefits and Challenges of Bringing Different Datasets into One Place

The Corridor Investment Management Strategy (CIMS) story map is an interactive web map that brings different datasets into a single place. The map’s purpose is to provide stakeholders with a more comprehensive picture of the transportation system’s condition, and its needs and opportunities in the metro area to better inform the planning process.The development of CIMS provided insight into the challenges of bringing a wide range of external and internal datasets together; and balancing the need for providing enough information with the need for flexibility and usability. Although the tool is still in development, the promise of its benefits includes a more usable format for sharing information about the transportation system including infrastructure condition and needs, mobility needs, and multi‐modal facilities. Presented by John Zehnder, MNDOT and Norine Wilczek

Filling the Data Gaps to Improve DOT Project Delivery

In order to speed project delivery at NCDOT, the department is leveraging GIS data throughout the project delivery pipeline to inform and streamline decision making. Project ATLAS, went live in 2019 to support this streamlining, and the applications will further be enhanced to support business process improvements planned in 2020. In some cases, data that has never been available before has been created or made more widely available to inform this effort. This includes threatened and endangered species data, improved water resource data, and the holy grail; utilities data. NC has gained agreement with one of the largest power providers in the state, Duke Energy, to share data about their Right of Way and easements. This data will inform DOT project managers about utility conflicts earlier in the project lifecycle so that impacts can be mitigated and project schedules remain on time. Presented by Eric Wilson, NCDOT

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U.S. DOT and AASHTO Virtual Event on the Work Zone Data Initiative

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U.S. DOT and AASHTO are Co-hosting a Virtual Event on Increasing Worker and Driver Safety through Access to Work Zone Data


Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), this virtual event unites geographic information system (GIS) and transportation professionals in a discussion about increasing worker and driver safety through the publication and consumption of work zone data. This discussion was originally planned to take place during the 2020 GIS for Transportation (GIS-T) Symposium, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has been re-structured to occur in a virtual format. The virtual event is scheduled for May 19 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT.


The U.S. DOT is working with stakeholders from across the country to develop a standard approach for collecting, organizing, and sharing data on work zones. The Work Zone Data Initiative (WZDI) was launched in response to the need for, but lack of, a reference guide or standard on how to digitally describe and communicate dynamic work zone activities that take place on roads and highways. Work zone activity data has also become critically important as our transportation environment evolves to accommodate connected and autonomous vehicles. As such, the U.S. DOT has led the creation of a voluntary Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx), which enables sharing of current information about dynamic conditions occurring on roads (such as construction events) to help both automated driving systems and humans navigate safely and efficiently.

Attendees will learn about these initiatives, a related planned funding opportunity, the important role of GIS and digital maps, and how Work Zone Data Feeds are published and used.


This interactive virtual event will include presentations and panel discussion.

FHWA Work Zone Data Initiative (WZDI) 
Todd Peterson – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

FHWA is pursuing the collaborative development of a national open specification for communicating work zone activity data across enterprise IT platforms. Learn how the Work Zone Data Initiative (WZDI) is bridging organizational and jurisdictional barriers to capitalize on economies of scale to be realized from the broad deployment of open data.

Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx): Improving Roadway Safety for Drivers and Automated Vehicles
Amy Nelson – Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)

The U.S. DOT led the creation of a voluntary work zone data exchange (WZDx), which enables sharing of current information about dynamic conditions occurring on roads to help both automated driving systems and humans navigate safely and efficiently. Hear updates on the WZDx project, including priorities for data exchanges and the important role of digital maps.

Maricopa County Work Zone Data Pilot Activity 
Tomas Guerra – OZ Engineering and Derald Dudley – Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) 

Maricopa County has conducted internal collaboration between its Work Zone Management, ITS, and GIS / Data Management departments to establish data workflows that support generation of a WZDx-compliant feed to achieve agency operational objectives. Hear about their efforts and lessons learned.

Interactive Questions and Answers (Q&A)

Participate in an interactive questions and answers session to learn more about work zone data activities, ask questions, and share your experiences.


Register in advance for this free virtual event. After the event, a recording will be available on the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) website.


Title: Virtual Event on Increasing Worker and Driver Safety through Access to Work Zone Data
Date: May 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
Registration: Register Here! 

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GIS-T 2020 Meeting Update

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The health and safety of our members, attendees, volunteers, staff and our host community is of utmost importance to AASHTO. After careful consideration, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 AASHTO GIS for Transportation Symposium scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 14 in Minneapolis.

Although at this time there are no travel advisories to Minneapolis and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not recommended avoiding travel to destinations within the US, we are aware of many participant and speaker travel restrictions. With this knowledge, in addition to CDC recommendations regarding large gatherings and fears of the possibility of transmissions of the COVID-19 virus, we do not believe the top-notch meeting experience for which AASHTO is known can be achieved.

We ask that you remain patient with us as we work through the next steps to refund registration fees. AASHTO staff will be in touch with you soon to share how this will be managed. Meanwhile, please take steps to cancel your hotel and flight reservations as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate this fluid and multi-faceted situation.

If you have any questions, please contact AASHTO’s Director, Meeting & Member Services, Monica Russell.


Jim Tymon
AASHTO Executive Director