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American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Geospatial Online Transportation User's Group (GOTUG) Webinar


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

1:00-3:00pm EST


"Prioritizing Barrier Replacement with GIS" (Kaitlin Marousis; UDOT)
The Utah Department of Transportation’s barrier and guardrail assets directly support the Department’s strategic goal of Zero Crashes, Injuries, and Fatalities. In an effort to more systematically apply limited funding to known statewide needs, including physically aging assets and hazardous or outdated designs, UDOT’s Traffic and Safety Division has leveraged GIS analysis and tools to identify and prioritize barrier replacement or upgrades based on asset design and risk exposure. This has included a suite of tools, such as geospatial analysis to assign AADT and speed limits to each barrier, weighted prioritization scoring by design and exposure, a web app to visually inspect deficient barriers and avoid field visits, and a Story Map to communicate findings to Department leadership. Using GIS tools and analysis, existing asset data was leveraged to help inform decision-making and prioritize fiscally responsible maintenance of physical assets. 

"Environmental Impact Assessment/Streamlining with GIS" (Ryan Arthur; NCDOT)
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is currently modifying its approach to the project delivery process in order to reduce the time it takes for a project to move from concept to final delivery. The agency is looking to utilize GIS data analysis, application development, programmatic agreements and workflow modifications to implement automated processes to supplant many of the manual processes currently in place. This presentation will discuss in detail the overall project goals, current state of the project, obstacles, success stories and deliverables. This project is a major effort within the agency and brings together a variety of stakeholders, proving to be a model for how a large enterprise can look critically at itself and transform into a 21st century operation.


To register, access this link:

Here is the summary for the May (05/17/18) Field Data Collection User group.  The next webinar will be in August so if you are interesting in presenting or would like to be added to the group let one of us noted at the bottom know.  


Link to the recording:

Here is the direct download link to the recording of today’s UG webinar (tell everyone to fast forward to the 1:20 mark):



1.       Darin Welch and HNTB team (along with INDOT Matt Cook) - Presenting on solution built for INDOT railroad crossings that leverages Collector for ArcGIS


2.       Gary Bowles (Seneca Resources) - Presenting on use of Survey123 for ArcGIS to collect data for natural gas well pad inspections and environmental monitoring


3.        Jeff Shaner (Esri) -  Providing product updates on Collector for ArcGIS (and possibly Workforce for ArcGIS)


Thank you!

Shawn Blaesing-Thompson O 515-239-1805

Sean Dolan C 571 485 6159

Tom Brenneman C 317-361-5064


Govloop/Esri Webinar:  "Rebuild, Rethink, Refocus – How GIS Can Strengthen Our Nation’s Infrastructure"

Thursday, May 10, 2018

2:00pm EST


The nation’s infrastructure is at a critical crossroads.  Roads, sewers, bridges, and transportation networks are in major need of upgrades, and simply put, the sustainability of our infrastructure is in question.  But where do state and local governments begin when it comes to prioritizing projects or choosing to fix vs. rebuild?  Responding to the infrastructure crisis requires a different approach.  By using geodesign and geographic information systems (GIS) to transform the way governments analyze infrastructure challenges, they can find cost-effective and data-driven solutions.


Join the conversation on Thursday, May 10th at 2:00pm EST to learn how GIS can transform the way governments implement infrastructure improvements.


Specifically, you’ll learn how to:


  • Use GIS to rebuild with priority to maximize your investment.
  • Rethink current infrastructure to meet socioeconomic needs and changing lifestyles.
  • Refocus your ideas around an Internet of Things (IoT)-driven, future-ready agency.


Additional details and registration information can be found here:

Here are a number of examples of agencies incorporating Waze data into their real time traffic sites:


Sandy Spring Georgia

Sandy springs is notifying people in their traffic management center when a crash happens in the visible range of a traffic accident. They are also archiving the video for later use. This is a map that shows their camera locations and their Waze data.


Johns Creek Georgia

Johns Creek is sending emails via GeoEvent when a disabled motorist is reported. Upon receiving the email, the team will send a vehicle out to help the motorist. It’s like a city sponsored AAA if you will. 

Power point of their process:


The state of Georgia

This includes a layer for flight delays and the Esri Traffic Service 


Douglas County, Colorado

They also have a nice open data site:


The latest version of our INDOT demo dashboard is available here:


Thanks to Tom Brenneman for pulling these together.

A big thank you to our presenters from last week for the Collector / Survey123 User Group Webinar.

Thank you also to Esri for hosting and managing the recording which can be found here:


Kara Harmet/Shawn Blaesing (IADOT) – Talking about a Survey123 app being used by construction staff for taking field samples during construction. and


Roberto Avila (CDOT) and James Pardue (IKEGPS) – Talking about supporting Survey123/Spike integration efforts at Colorado DOT and


James Tedrick (Esri)– Survey123 Product Manager with an update


Our next webinar will be in mid-May and we are still looking for one or two more speakers.  If you are interested please let us know.

Thank you.

Shawn Blaesing-Thompson (Iowa DOT)

Sean Dolan (Esri)

Tom Brennaman (Esri)

"The quick and easy data access that Survey123 provides helps Iowa DOT determine the most cost-effective way to repair the pavement and make roads safer in the process."


Iowa DOT's Office of Construction and Materials is doing some great work with Esri's "Survey123 for ArcGIS" software.  Read more HERE.

I'm pretty excited to show the integration of Survey123 with Spike by Ike GPS.  This paring enables you to turn your iPhone or Android phone into a laser range finder with Spike.  Integration with Survey123 allows me to capture, GPS coordinates, distance to target, area, length and a few other measurements.  It enables me to capture data 6' up to 324' away which means I can stand at one end of a football field and capture GPS coordinates of an asset at the other end.  I think, sign inventory, culverts, drains, ADA curb ramps, crash cushions, concrete walls, control fence, and bridges are ideal candidates for an inventory or inspection with Survey123.  While concrete walls and control fencing are usually modeled as linear features, Survey123 could capture related tables with locations where fences or walls need to be repaired.   While this is in Beta you can sign up for the as a beta tester and start working with it today which I'm sure Ismael Chivite and his team would love to get as much feedback as they can.


My video editing prowess was certainly challenged today, as a result I'm uploading the videos as 4 separate videos.  I was also able to make use of the iOS screen recording capability which was cool.   If you have questions please don't hesitate to reach out... thanks.


Here is a link to the Survey123 survey I used for this demo.


Intro Video

Survey123 Connect - Related Tables and Spike Integration

Field Collection with iOS, Survey123 and Spike

Send Changes and view them in the Operations Dashboard

Good morning,  here is the last video in the series on ditributed collaboration and 511.  This workflow is still a prototype and has some scalability testing to go through after the new year.  I want to at least make you all aware of what we are working on and show you how 511 workflows could be enhanced to take data directly from the enterprise and pushed into the Transportation 511 solution or even the Waze Connected Citizens Program.  Enjoy


Syncronize Collaboration Script


By the hair of my chinny chin chin... here is the Tuesday video I promised.  In this video, I show how distributed collaboration can be used to support mobile workflows in ArcGIS Online.  Hosted feature services living in ArcGIS Online can participate in collaboration where the data captured is written down to Portal for ArcGIS.  The data can then live in the relational data store or it can be exported out and appended to an enterprise Geodatabase.  To keep the Lego theme going, I use Survey123 and its ability to support existing features and related tables. It makes for a complex workflow, and it tests my patience.  You'll see in the video when I go out to Pro to see the attached image, it is not there but what I forgot about was the fact that I'm waiting on a full resolution picture to make its way from ArcGIS Online to the Portal. Of course, it shows up as soon as I stop recording.  Anyways, I hope you enjoy and please send questions my way if you think of any.


Hope the holiday season is treating everyone well.  As we get ready to turn the page on 2017 and prepare for the soon to be released ArcGIS 10.6 and the December release of ArcGIS Online (12/6). I'm planning to release a series of videos this week on technology that exists today that I think can have a major impact on how DOT's utilize the ArcGIS Platform.  I've chosen workflows that are relatively easy to set up and use Keith King's famous Lego block analogy.  If Keith has come to your DOT this year you know what I'm talking about.  For those of you who don't know.  It goes like this, Esri’s apps (Collector, Web App Builder, Survey 123, Solutions, ArcGIS Pro etc.) work great by themselves and depending on the app, they are very simple to use.  Legos are very simple, come in all different shapes and sizes and can be interconnected to form complex objects.  Just like Legos, our apps can be interconnected and can be used to build complex workflows. The videos I share this week will be based on that premise.  I'll take concepts of the platform and applications to support my explanation and build complex workflows.

Today's video shows how Distributed Collaboration can be used to share data from ArcGIS Enterprise (Portal for ArcGIS) to ArcGIS Online for use with ArcGIS Hub sharing to an Open Data Site.  Enjoy!


I've had several discussions with DOT's from around the U.S. about the growing interest in the use of drones.  Drones have a significant advantage over traditional aerial photography and LiDAR capture in that they are inexpensive, generally easy to fly and they can come equipped with a camera and LiDAR sensor.  We are seeing drones used to capture change detection along construction projects, culvert inspections, and bridge inspections. Other emerging use cases include damage assement, land/rock slide geo-technical inspections, visibility analysis, and rail crossing inspections.  Drone to Map for ArcGIS supports the uses of drones and allows users to analyze and store the data captured from a drone directly into ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise as web services.  Drone to Map for ArcGIS can produce to types of web services.  Integrated Mesh Scene Layer and Point Cloud Scene Layer.  Point Cloud Scene Layers allow the viewer to look through objects like tunnels and culverts.  If your LiDAR vendor is actively collecting data using mobile, terrestrial or aerial LiDAR, be sure to request that they deliver the data with RGB point symbiology attributes.  Many LiDAR vendors are not doing this but are starting to, this allows the point cloud to be displayed using true color, making the point cloud look more realistic.  Density of the points matters as does resolution of the sensor. 


To help understand what is possible, I put together a video of data captured by Guenter Doeffel, Marketing at SynerGIS Infomationsysteme Wien in Germany,  here is a link to the web scene he published.  You need to allow the data to download and cache into the browser, once that happens it renders very quickly.  


Here is a video I put together showing the Web Scene embedded in a story map

Be sure to attend the next installment in Esri's DOT Webinar Series:


All Roads with Roads & Highways

Wednesday, December 5 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (PST)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has required that each State DOT submit an All Roads Network with their Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) or annual road mileage submittals. This webinar focuses on the use of Roads and Highways to meet this critical requirement.


Registration information can be found here:  Esri Department of Transportation Webinar Series.

Thank you to all who attended the Esri Collector User Group Meeting on November 9, 2017.  Special thanks to the presenters from New York State DOT (NYSDOT) and Miami-Dade County (FL) and Eric Rodenberg from Esri's Transportation Team for sharing their work and updates.


NYSDOT's presentation and Miami-Dade County's presentation are both attached to this blog post.

For your reference, a video recording of this webinar is available for direct download here:  Please fast forward to the 14:09 mark and start from there.


The next Collector UG Meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 8, 2018.  Please email Shawn Blaesing at if you'd like to attend.


Thank you.

Thank you to all who attended the Esri Collector User Group Meeting on June 8, 2017.  Special thanks to the presenters from PennDOT, GeoDecisions, and Esri's Collector for ArcGIS Team for sharing their work and updates.

For your reference, a full video recording of yesterday's webinar is available for download and viewing here:


2017-06-08 10.01 Collector User Group - June 8, 2017.mp4 - Box 


The ArcGIS Online Czar

Posted by michaelulrey Jun 13, 2017

In 2002 I heard for the first time that 90% of GIS is data.  Being an undergraduate at the time I had no context for this statement. After 15 years I find it to be very true. Hidden within every organization using GIS is a gathering of data - temporary files, files from projects started and not finished, clips, snapshots, draft versions, map files, spreadsheets, shapefiles, personal geodatabases… you get the idea. These data are located on desktops, on file servers, tucked within our database servers, some hidden recess. The information is organized by the unique, but structured mind of the individual GIS professional displaying the characteristics common to our profession. The larger the organization and the more GIS professionals, the greater number of hiding places and filing schemes. Standardization? Pfah! Why waste the time? Storage is inexpensive. A process for cleaning up unnecessary files and keeping only valuable content? Phooey! Onward! To the next project!


The same basic story can be applied to the end products we create - datasets, reports, maps, apps, etc.. We GIS professionals apply every flavor of database, database design, format, and symbology. And, we’re likely to argue over the rightness of our choices. Little thought is applied to collective customers of the organization as we produce material for our individual customers. Setting standards or guidelines is difficult to think through, much less enforce. It becomes exponentially more difficult the greater the physical distance between GIS professionals and the further separated those professionals are within an organizational structure. For those of us that see the need, application of good governance of any flavor usually takes executive/high-level management support. And, let’s face it, GIS is still highly misunderstood among the larger IT community much less within executive management circles. Receiving the level of support necessary to establish and enforce good governance within any organization not solely GIS focused is a daydream.


And then comes ArcGIS Online.


An ArcGIS Online organization account is centrally administered. One person can see all content. One person can see all users. There are readily available metrics on how the account is being used. There is the possibility to establish a process that can be applied to all users and can be enforced by a single person. And, that person does not have to be a system engineer or database administrator. Really?! Yes. This person can be anyone.


Who then should this person be?


I worked on this thought for months. With help from some great people at Esri (Keith King, Seth Van Aken , Matthew Kabak, and Jim McAbee) I fleshed it out. This person should be a balance of marketing, administration, and traditional GIS.  This person should be capable of seeing the ArcGIS Online account as a whole; be able to think through and apply organization schemes; be able to apply branding concepts to the ArcGIS Online environment; and, be able to sit down with someone with little to no GIS experience and show them how to operate within ArcGIS Online. Keith King jokingly referred to this person as the ArcGIS Online Czar. They exist.


In the months since hiring our own, Brian Kingery, we have made tremendous progress. Our GIS team has embraced the notion and sees the benefits. Other GIS professionals in organizations outside our own are seeing the resulting products and using them, growing them. That brings up another important point. It is easy to collaborate between ArcGIS Online organizations. If your organization has made content public others can see it, copy the ideas, and make it better. That is largely what this position does; focus on the ArcGIS Online environment, improving how we operate in that environment. Thanks to some additional Esri input via Michael Zugelder we have been able to get grips on our past use and usership. We now have an operational scheme that is articulated in a series of implementation guides and help documents.


ArcGIS Online @ VDOT Help Documents


In viewing these story maps you will see the ArcGIS Online content item branding scheme we have applied.


Additionally, our team member Michele Mandell began producing our monthly user community newsletter using publicly shared cascading story maps.


VDOT GIS Newsletters


And, as a culmination of everything our ArcGIS Online Administrator has applied to date, we recently released Virginia Roads as an Open Data 2.0 site. Within this site you will see our branding scheme applied throughout, including within the published webapps.



We still have lots of work to do. I fully believe having an ArcGIS Online Administrator to be necessary, and even a primary need for our and any [Arc]GIS staff. I hope to see the propagation of this idea and the resulting storm of creativity and excellence it could foment.