MS2 held a Department of Transportation User Conference in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month. Users of MS2’s Transportation Data Management System (TDMS) came from as far as Arizona, Texas, Vermont, Montana, Ohio, Massachusetts and Washington, DC. MS2’s technical reviews and the social aspects of the conference was enjoyed by all. But the most value was provided by experts from The Ohio State University (OSU), ESRI and FHWA.
An after dinner presentation from Dr. Rabi Mishalani, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at OSU focused on transportation systems in the era of “big data”. Rabi had numerous slides, examples and interesting stories to tell about the use of big data in transportation today. He also discussed his involvement with data collection in OSU’s new Campus Transit Lab.
Ben Chen (MS2), left, with Dr. Rabi Mishalani (Ohio State University)
Steven Jessberger is the Traffic Monitoring Program Manager at the FHWA. Steven was well known to our attendees since it is he and others in his group who collect and analyze DOT monthly TMAS and annual HPMS submittals – what MS2’s software creates for our users. Steven took time to discuss various federal research programs that have recently wrapped-up or are being proposed. He answered specific questions from the audience and helped us all better understand the critical role of high quality data in our profession.
Steven Jessberger, Office of Highway Policy Information, FHWA
Keeping track of, and accurately recording, road segment changes in a DOT’s road network can be a pretty painful task. The Roads and Highways (R&H) software module from ESRI can efficiently manage these spatial changes and automatically reflect those changes in all integrated systems. Eric Rodenberg, a Solution Engineer at ESRI, discussed the product-to-product integration of R&H with MS2’s TDMS. DOTs now have another means to keep an up-to-date map and linear referencing system.
Eric Rodenberg, Solution Engineer, ESRI
MS2’s 2015 DOT User Conference brought industry experts together with practitioners. The result was an educational and valuable two days.