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November 2014 Geospatial Data-Sharing
Three reports explore how State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and other transportation agencies are developing and using geospatial tools to support increased collaboration and improved information-sharing. These objectives are associated with the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Geospatial Data Collaboration (GDC) initiative, which encourages State DOTs and others to use geospatial tools to streamline and improve transportation decision-making. The three reports include:
December 2013 Uses of Cloud Technologies for Geospatial Applications
This report explores transportation agencies' evolving use of cloud computing to more easily store, manage, manipulate, analyze, and share geospatial data and business information. The report presents background information, a series of five case studies, and a summary of observations from the case studies and a peer exchange. The report is intended to summarize the state of the practice, benefits, and challenges of using cloud technology to support GIS, and highlight examples of noteworthy practices. View PDF
September 2013 The Interoperability of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Transportation:
Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report investigates many of the challenges facing transportation agencies seeking to improve the interoperability of GIS and CAD. It provides background discussion, five case studies, and a synopsis of observations that includes findings from a multi-agency peer exchange held in April 2013. Showcasing achievements in areas where GIS and CAD overlap, the report also aims to further the pursuit for seamless integration of GIS and CAD applications. View PDF
November 2012 Applications of GIS for Highway Traffic Noise Analysis
This report provides case studies that describe overall observations on how eight State DOTs are using GIS to better understand noise considerations and support noise program objectives. It also includes findings from a peer exchange that convened all eight State DOTs in April 2012 to discuss uses of GIS for noise analysis. The report is expected to support GIS and noise practitioners to identify examples of noteworthy practices, consider the pros and cons of GIS applications for noise, and determine how these applications might be best utilized. View PDF
June 2012 Case Studies in GIS for Internet Portals
The following report investigates the experiences of transportation agencies in the deployment of Internet-based mapping portals based on GIS. It presents background information, a series of case studies, and a summary of conclusions given the experiences of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Interactive Mapping Program; New York State DOT's Oversize/Overweight Pre-Screening Tool; Georgia DOT's GeoTRAQS; Iowa DOT's Snow Plow Portal; and Kansas DOT's KGATE system. View PDF
May 2012 Case Studies in GIS for Environmental Streamlining
This summary report addresses the current use of GIS and related technologies by State DOTs for environmental streamlining and stewardship (“GIS4EST”), particularly in relation to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report presents background information, a series of five case studies, and a summary of conclusions. The conclusions detail observations that may be helpful to other State DOTs seeking to implement or improve their own GIS4EST applications. View PDF
January 2012 Best Practices in Geographic Information Systems-Based Transportation Asset Management
This report provides background on GIS and asset management, describes how public agencies have been integrating the two, and identifies benefits and challenges to doing so. The information presented is gleaned from a literature review and interviews with several State departments of transportation and one county agency. The report also identifies some leading industry trends and new, innovative approaches to using GIS for transportation asset management. View PDF
September 2011 GIS Applications for Climate Change Decision-Making – Peer Exchange Summary Report
On September 26-27, 2011, the FHWA's Office of Planning sponsored a 1.5 day peer exchange focusing on the use of GIS to support transportation related climate change decisions. This report provides overviews of the presentations given at the peer exchange and the associated question and answers. It concludes with a summary of the roundtable discussions. View PDF
September 2011 GIS for Highway Safety Peer Exchange Summary Report
On September 14-15, 2011, the FHWA's Office of Planning and its Office of Safety sponsored a 1.5-day peer exchange to promote the use of GIS and mapping for highway safety applications. This report offers overviews of the presentations given at the peer exchange and the conversations that followed. It concludes with a summary of the discussions resulting from three roundtable discussion questions that were posed to the group. View PDF
August 2011 Applications of GIS for Climate Change
This report describes the current practice and application of GIS technologies for integrating climate change into the transportation decision-making process. It examines how select state, regional, and local agencies are using GIS to analyze, mitigate, and adapt to the potential effects and impacts of climate change on the transportation sector. View PDF
August 2011 Guide for Implementing a Geospatially Enabled Enterprise-wide Information Management System for Transportation Agency Real Estate Offices
This report provides guidance for right-of-way offices in implementing a geospatially enabled enterprise-wide information management system and includes a logical model to assist with this implementation.
July 2011 GIS Applications for Livability Considerations: Peer Exchange Summary Report
This report provides a summary of a 2-day peer exchange held in July 2011. The peer exchange was sponsored by FHWA's Office of Planning and took place in Boulder, Colorado. The event convened several transportation agencies from around the country to discuss applications of GIS to support livability considerations, objectives, and goals. A starting point for these conversations was the March 2011 FHWA report on “Applications of GIS for Livability: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies,” also posted on this page. View PDF
March 2011 Applications of GIS for Livability: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies
This report summarizes the results of a study conducted to assess how GIS applications are being used to identify, evaluate, and assess livability issues from a transportation point of view. The practices, challenges, and lessons learned in this study are expected to help others in the transportation industry identify and evaluate approaches to developing GIS applications for similar purposes. View PDF
March 2010 Current Uses of Web 2.0 Applications in Transportation
This report presents seven case studies that illustrate how select state Departments of Transportation are using web 2.0 technologies to meet business objectives such as data analysis and information provision. Web 2.0 technologies in use include GIS-based mashup maps, social media, wikis, and other types of applications. Major findings compiled from case studies are intended to help transportation agencies identify effective practices for implementing, managing, and maintaining web 2.0 applications. View PDF
November 2009 Applications of 3D Visualization: Peer Exchange Summary Report (PDF 506KB)
This report provides a summary of a 1.5-day peer exchange held in July 2009 focusing on select transportation agencies' applications of 3D visualization techniques. FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning sponsored the peer exchange.
October 2009 GIS Applications in Eco-Logical Grant Projects: Peer Exchange Summary Report
This report provides a summary of a 1.5-day peer exchange convened with select recipients of FHWA's first Eco-Logical grant. The purpose of the exchange, which was held in Austin, TX, in July 2009, was to allow grant recipients the opportunity to share information on and learn about the various GIS activities implemented with support from the grant. View PDF
July 2009 Geographic Information Systems Applications for Bicycle and Pedestrian Decision-Making
This report provides a summary of a 1.5-day peer exchange held in May 2009 focusing on select agencies' applications of GIS for bicycle and pedestrian planning. The peer exchange was sponsored by the FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning. View PDF
September 2008Geographic Information Systems Applications for Transportation Right-Of-Way
This report provides a summary of a 1.5-day follow-up peer exchange held in July 2007. The peer exchange was sponsored by the FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning and Office of Real Estate Services and was a follow-up to an event on the same topic held in August 2007.
July 2008Key Practices for Implementing Geospatial Technologies for a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) Approach
This report presents three case studies that illustrate how GIS has been used to implement the FHWA's PEL approach. The PEL approach provides information and tools to help agencies integrate consideration of environmental factors into transportation planning. View PDF
March 2008Business Models for Implementing Geospatial Technologies in Transportation Decision-Making: Phase Two
This report describes a number of state DOTs' business models for implementing geospatial technologies in transportation decision-making.
November 2007Visualization Case Studies: A Summary of Three Transportation Applications of Visualization
The three case studies presented in "Visualization Case Studies" are intended to be helpful to transportation agencies in identifying effective techniques for enhancing and streamlining the project development process, including public outreach activities, for transportation improvements. View PDF

Peer Exchange on Geographic Information Systems for Planning and Environment Linkages
In October 2007, the FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning sponsored a 1.5–day peer exchange focusing on select State DOT's applications of GIS for Planning and Environment Linkages. This report provides a summary of the event. View PDF

October 2007Peer Exchange on Applications of Geographic Information Systems in the Right-of-Way Area
In August 2007, the FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning and Office of Real Estate Services sponsored a 1.5-day peer exchange focusing on select State DOT's applications of GIS the Right-of-Way (ROW) area. This report provides a summary of the event.
March 2007Business Models for Implementing Geospatial Technologies in Transportation Decision-Making
This report describes six state DOTs' business models for implementing geospatial technologies. It provides a comparison of the organizational factors influencing how Arizona DOT, Delaware DOT, Georgia DOT, Montana DOT, North Carolina DOT, and Oklahoma DOT invest in and use geospatial information to support their respective business needs. View PDF.
November 2006Environmental Geospatial Information for Transportation
"Environmental Geospatial Information for Transportation" summarizes a May 3-4, 2006 Peer Exchange held in Washington, D.C. This peer exchange was intended to showcase the use of GIS for environmental applications being used in transportationrelated decision making; learn how other states are overcoming the challenges of sharing and integrating geospatial data from multiple sources; understand how geospatial technologies can help meet requirements of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users (SAFETEA-LU); and learn from others how they have fostered and maintained collaborative partnerships for geospatial information development, sharing, and management.
October 2006Transportation Research Circular E-C108: Geospatial Information Technologies for Asset Management
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Transportation Asset Management Committee and Spatial Data and Information Science Committee hosted a peer exchange to investigate state and local agency applications of spatial technologies for asset management activities and to identify ongoing issues and research directions. Transportation Research Circular E-C108 presents the results of the peer exchange.
March 2006Geospatial Technology for Improved Decision Making in Transportation: Executive Scan Tour Report
FHWA sponsored the Executive Scan Tour on Geospatial Technology for Improved Decision Making in Transportation in the fall of 2005. The focus of the Executive Scan Tour was on noteworthy practices that are leading to the advancement of cutting edge geospatial applications. By highlighting the success stories, methodologies, and lessons learned of several public and private organizations, the Executive Scan Tour aimed to identify the critical information needed by transportation executives to enhance decision-making through breakthroughs in the implementation of geospatial technology and expertise. View PDF
January 2005GIS for Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship: An Overview of State DOT Practices
"GIS for Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship" examines the use of GIS in regards to environmental streamlining. The synthesis specifically focuses on the use of the FHWA program entitled GIS4EST (GIS for Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship) and its use in five States. View PDF
November 2004GIS-Based Cumulative Effects Assessment
This report, conducted for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), by the University of Colorado Geographic Information Systems Programs, describes the development and application of GIS and RS databases and analysis models for cumulative effects assessment resulting from growth within transportation infrastructure.
2004Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Transportation Organizations
"Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Transportation Organizations: Toward a Foundation for Improved Decision Making" summarizes the importance of geospatial information in decision making and the committee's recommendations resulting from three workshops held in 2002. Also included are selected current practices, trends in decision-making tools, and a detailed discussion of the committee's findings and recommendations related to geospatial information infrastructure.

Pavement Management Applications Using Geographic Information Systems
This synthesis, by the Transportation Research Board, reviews the principal issues related to PMS data collection, integration, management, and dissemination; applications of spatial technologies for map generation and PMS spatial analysis; and implementation-related issues, including approaches used for integrating PMS and GIS and the different tools used to support pavement management decisions.

June 2003Environmental Spatial Information for Transportation: A Peer Exchange on Partnerships
"Environmental Spatial Information Transportation: A Peer Exchange on Partnerships" summarizes a June 23-24, 2003, workshop held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The workshop was designed to document lessons learned by early adopters of innovative environmental data-sharing practices.

Challenges to Effective Data Sharing, GAO Report. June 10, 2003.
Testimony before the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relation and the Census, Committee on government Reform, House of Representatives.

2003Using Remote Sensing in State and Local Government: Information for Management and Decision-making
This report stems from the last of three conferences held by the Steering Committee on Space Applications and Commercialization, National Research Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. The conferences that were held were concerning expanded opportunities for practical applications of remote sensing data. The report addresses how government agencies should approach using remote sensing programs and data, as well as barriers to development and use of applications.
January 2001Implementation of GIS-Based Highway Safety Analyses: Bridging the Gap
This report, intended for safety engineers and GIS specialists, discusses issues and solutions involved in the integration of GIS into safety-related analysis efforts.
xHighway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS)
The HPMS site provides documentation on the management of national level highway data, and reports about how the system is being updated and improved. The HPMS Map Viewer is part of the BTS TranStats website.
x Geographic Information Systems: A Tool For Improving Community Livability
"Geographic Information Systems: A Tool for Improving Community Livability" is a Local Government Commission fact sheet that provides examples of how communities are applying GIS in the planning process.
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