• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Workshop 1057

From Data to Information: Enabling Modern Decision Support for Transportation Agencies

Sunday 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM
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Steven Parker, University of Wisconsin, Madison, presiding
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Information Systems and Technology (ABJ50)
Standing Committee on Geographic Information Science and Applications (ABJ60)
Standing Committee on Statewide Transportation Data and Information Systems (ABJ20)

Transportation agencies increasingly are engaged in the development and adoption—or both—of decision support systems (DSS) to facilitate performance management, operations, and planning processes. DSS are applications that support a data-driven approach to decision-making. This workshop explores the state of the practice in terms of agency adoption of DSS for transportation, focusing on success stories as well as challenges and risks. Attendees will hear from industry and agency experts and will have an opportunity to collaborate, share best practices, and identify key considerations for incorporating decision support into a transportation organization.

·         Opening Remarks and DSS Overview (15 minutes):  Background discussion of the basic principles and emerging impact of DSS, including what has changed in IT and among CIOs to guide this transformation.

·         Expert Panel (90 minutes): Presentations from a panel of state, research and industry experts that have been engaged in the development of transportation decision support capabilities.

·         Group Breakout (30 minutes): Workshop attendees will collaborate around a structured set of questions to discuss and evaluate opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned for DSS within their respective organizations. 

·         Moderated Discussion (30 minutes): A facilitated discussion across the workshop will share ideas from the breakout session and expert panel.

·         Summary and Closing Remarks (5 Minutes): Concluding remarks will highlight next steps for agencies to incorporate decision support into their organizational processes.

Title Presentation Number
Digital Transformation in a DOT: Driving Operational Excellence with Data, Our Most Strategic Asset
Barbara Cohn, Colorado Department of Transportation
How MassDOT Supports the Capital Improvement Plan with GIS Tools
Bryan Pounds, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Jose Simo, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Use of ITS to Provide Work Zone Data Analytics and Performance Measures
Skylar Knickerbocker, Iowa State University
Neal Hawkins, Iowa State University
Melding Data to Help Inform Project Scoping and Prioritization
Matt Haubrich, Iowa Department of Transportation
Brad Hofer, Iowa Department of Transportation
Data Analytics and GIS for Next-Generation Decision Making in Planning, Performance Management, and Operations
Naquan Ishman, Decision Lens