Roundtables are facilitated discussions, which strongly encouraged group participation, on GIS-related topics of current relevance to DOTs and Symposium participants.  They typically last 1.5 hours, with 1-3 facilitators.

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GIS-T 2021 Roundtable Information


Past Symposium Roundtable Topics

At previous GIS-T Symposiums Roundtable topics have included the following:

  • 2019
    • Geospatial Tools/Processes for Emergency Management
      • What Geospatial tools and processes are being used for emergency management and damage assessment? – Representatives from several states will share some of the tools and resources they have implemented in response to extreme weather events that impacted their states. Then facilitators will poll the audience for other advances/resources being used as part of a geospatial emergency response process.
    • Innovation and Autonomy
      • What are the autonomous and innovative technologies on the horizon and how will these impact geospatial processes? Some of the questions this round table will explore are: What is the role of geospatial technology in the support of real-time data management? What is the best way to process the data and what will we do with it? What are some of the current best practices and who is doing it now? How is cloud technology impacting geospatial processes and data? This includes managing data from UAV/drones, autonomous vehicles, real-time data feeds, etc.
  • 2018
    • Building Your Enterprise LRS to Meet Business Requirements
      • In-house business data users, mandated FHWA reporting, and external users of highway inventory data often impose conflicting functional requirements on the state DOT providers of such data. Even the evolving nature of the transportation system itself presents new challenges, such as the growing deployment of roundabouts. These new requirements must be resolved when the agency creates or modifies its data modelling structure to accommodate the manner of abstraction and degree of detail needed for tabular and mapping expressions of the information desired by data users. Many elements of the roadway system require different abstractions depending on the application being supported or the scale of map display. For example, a limited-access highway interchange may be a simple point at smaller scales and a complex set of intersections and ramps at larger scales. What makes an attractive map that provides an image-like appearance often works against historical data structures and established LRS practices, and data models designed for roadway inventory applications will generally not satisfy the needs of pathfinding applications. This Round Table session will continue the discussion of Workshop 10 regarding vexing data modeling problems.
    • GIS – Supporting Data Analytics Across the DOT
      • How can data collection and data analytics can be supported by geospatial professionals? Often GIS professionals focus on the mapping output for data collections, but with the ease of data collection and push for asset management systems more demand is being put on GIS professionals to help develop tools to support analytics for things like planning, safety analysis, and operational decision making. This discussion will work to focus what do Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Data Visualization, etc mean to the DOTs. Have a discussion on some of the tools that are available and being used, how does data governance fit in, and then some quick use cases and question to the audience on pinch points DOTs are feeling and ways DOTs are meeting the data decision making demands (where are the problems and how best to fix them).