Intergraph Advances their Transportation Solutions
The Intergraph Transportation Summit 2013 took place in Huntsville, Ala. from Feb. 26-27. The event was a stop on Intergraph’s Geospatial World Tour as well as a focused program for transportation users of the Intergraph product suite. Intergraph has increased their transportation market revenue by 35% from 2011, and the transportation market is a greater focus area for their dynamic geospatial tools.
At the event, Intergraph shared the news that eight DOTs/Transit Agencies have selected the GeoMedia Smart Client recently. Some of the newer clients are very large, including CalTrans adoption for the management of their road network, and the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario, Canada (MTO), the largest road network in Canada.
Dwayne Wiginton, U.S. sales manager at Intergraph for transportation and local government, kicked off the event and acted as program moderator. The program for the event included updates on the geospatial product suite as well as customer spotlight presentations that discussed common problems and how users have leveraged Intergraph’s geospatial portfolio to address their challenges. The significant advancements in the geospatial portfolio, as well as the streamlined integration between elements in the suite, were common points of discussion throughout the event.
Among the new technologies Intergraph brings to transportation are:
- Mobile Alert allows government customers to engage with citizens, allowing citizens with smartphones to geocode infrastructure damage or potholes, and even tying those alerts into work order management solutions to drive rapid crew response.
- GeoMedia development is ongoing with a Transportation Manager release update scheduled for the second half of the year. This new release will include the new ribbon interface, and a quick and customizable window into commands.
- Mobile Smart Client that presents the complete view of assets to the fieldworker with a field inspection workflow that includes redlining and sketching. The tool allows for filtering of incidents by type, and allowing for automated triaging to specific departments.
The MAP-21 legislation was top-of-mind for most DOTs in the audience, as the legislation that became active Oct. 1 of last year contains more than $105B in funds for 2013 and 2014. The law’s emphasis on infrastructure management, long-range planning, and performance monitoring places an emphasis on geospatial asset management.
Among the changes that DOTs face to implement the new methodologies for transportation asset planning in MAP-21 include:
- the need to implement design standards
- the favoring of an enterprise approach
- the need to reclassify some programs because there are reduced funding categories
- not as many constraints on how to spend money for safety programs
- reporting on dual carriageways (report on information on both sides of the road)
- changes to reporting requirements
- the need for stable and multiple linear referencing systems, with a lot of states having multiple LRSs. With MAP-21 there’s an increased need for one vision of the truth.
Bryan Semore from the Tennessee DOT, shared many thoughts on the current state of GIS application to transportation infrastructure, and echoed a sentiment that many of the attendees shared when he closed his talk with the statement, “We’re still just in the beginning stages of GIS, and its exciting to think about where it’s going.”
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