Category: Transportation

Life of a Crash in the ArcGIS System

The Crash Safety Templates on our resource center gallery can take your organization through the complete system of crash data management.  They take you full circle by providing necessary components: crash collection, crash data management, modeling and analysis, and situational awareness.  Here’s how you can link these all together into one cohesive platform.
Starting in the field, highway patrol and police officers collect a crash using the map.  Because the crash collection form has a map in it, the x,y location is immediately captured and there is no need to interpret a written description.

That crash is then transferred to the central office, by an automated check-in or manual copy-paste once the device is connected to the office network.  Because the crash was collected in an established data model, data consistency is enforced and data integrity is maintained.

Now in the central database, the crash record is available for querying, analysis, and report generation.  Safety analysts access one database that is spatially accurate and timely.  Tools like hot spot analysis, sliding scale, spot, and strip analysis can be run on your desktop or on the web
Managers also have access to current information within a viewer designed specifically for them.  An executive dashboard allows you to quickly and easily retrieve information when you need it.

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Spatial Roundtable Discussion & new Crash Collection Data Model

See what traffic safety industry experts have to say about current trends as they share their experiences on the Spatial Roundtable. The topic “Safer Roads Through Effective Traffic Safety Management” is now open for discussion!
We have also created a new Crash Collection Data Model, a geodatabase schema containing elements and valid values specified in the MMUCC. The Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) is a guideline for collecting consistent crash data in the field.

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Network Hot Spot Analysis Template Released

A new Crash Safety Hot Spot Analysis Template for ArcGIS 10 has been posted to the Roads & Highways Resource Center gallery. This toolset allows you to identify areas with a higher than expected number of severe crashes. If you are an ArcGIS Desktop user try implementing this model on your own data!

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Crash Safety Templates Updated

Three new templates have been posted to our Roads & Highways Resource Center and are available in the Gallery!  Check out these analysis tools and web viewers.
The Crash Safety Analysis Template provides three industry standard tools – sliding scale, spot, and strip. These tools are now available in ArcGIS 10 as geoprocessing tools. The crash safety analysis tools can also be accessed through the web by using the Crash Safety Web Analysis Template. In this template the same geoprocessing tools are published with ArcGIS Server and consumed in this configurable Flex widget.
Our Crash Safety Dashboard Template has also been updated to the Flex 2.1 framework. This new framework allows for increased functionality as well as a more user friendly sample viewer layout.

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Welcome to the new Roads & Highways Resource Center!

Esri is pleased to announce the launch of the new Roads & Highways Resource Center!  We are excited to provide the GIS community with a central location for information on using ArcGIS for managing road and highway safety and maintenance. You can access templates from the Gallery. Our goal is to make it easier for you to use our software for your safety and maintenance activities.
The Transportation blog is an important part of the resource center designed to bring you the latest information specific to processes and tools currently available in ArcGIS. This is a virtual space for everyone to communicate, collaborate, and share knowledge. Feel free to interact with your peers as well as post your own tips, comments, and questions. Your input will help guide us in our own efforts to better serve you. We’ll be posting information continuously, so please check back regularly, or sign up for our feed by simply clicking on the RSS 2.0 link to the left.
We hope you’ll find this blog dynamic, engaging and instructive. We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions.  You can either post comments to this blog or e-mail us at Come and explore the new Roads & Highways Resource Center!


Team Transportation, Esri
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Community Resources & User Conference

Hello transportation professionals, we wanted to make you aware of some links and resources that you should find useful…

User Conference:  We hope that everyone can make it to the ESRI International User Conference, July 12th – 16th in San Diego.  Not only is this a good opportunity to come up to speed on ArcGIS 10 and emerging technology, but to network and build connections as well.  You can listen to our Transportation manager Terry Bills discusses the transportation events and activities planned for the 2010 ESRI User Conference in the following podcast.  ArcGIS Ideas is a web site that provides a way for you to share your ideas, (e.g. functionality, services and workflow) with ESRI and the entire GIS community.  It also allows the transportation community to vote and comment on ideas submitted.

User Community Forums:  Check out the Resource Center Forums where you can post technical questions and get answers from others in specific areas.  Categories are organized into products, functions, communities, solutions, and languages.  Of particular interest to you will be the Transportation User Community Forum. Industry Page:  Don’t forget about the Transportation Industry Page where you can find industry focused announcements, data models, newsletters, and case studies.

Email Alias:  If you have any questions about transportation related issues, feel free to email our transportation team at


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Returning From GIS-T

Well, we’re back from the GIS-Transportation Symposium ( in Charleston, West Virginia.  It was an exciting four days and there was a lot of activity in our booth this year.  Attendance at GIS-T was a bit down compared to previous years due to the economy and travel restrictions for many state agencies.  Even so, you couldn’t tell from the noise level at the ESRI Showcase.  If there were people in the Exhibit Hall, most of them were at the ESRI booth.  And for good reason; we had a lot to show.

DOT Sector Team – ESRI recently created a new sector team for the transportation industry, specifically targeted at providing direct support to state and local DOT’s.  This is critical because a state client can include over 200 ESRI accounts and it’s impossible for an account executive to be an expert in every type of business at a state government.  Eric Floss, Gary Waters and Jeremy Smith have been visiting DOTs individually over the past several months to get an on-the-ground understanding of the major DOT workflows, pain points, and some general insight into what DOT GIS, IT, and Business professionals are faced with every day.  Direct engagements with the DOT’s have given us valuable feedback and insight that will enable ESRI to better serve the DOT sector with focused solutions that are relevant to the business and act as a conduit to bring to bear resources and solutions in this sector.  GIS-T gave our sales team another opportunity to connect with customers and follow up on prior discussions.  It also gave us a chance to meet with business partners and communicate our plans for the year and the upcoming ESRI International User Conference.

Public Safety and Awareness – Scott Sandusky from our technical marketing group was on hand to show some public safety demos and some new stuff for the iPhone.  He showed the ESRI Safety Solution, which is a set of web, mobile and desktop applications to perform rapid and accurate analysis such as Hot Spot Analysis, a process that considers traffic density and crash severity to identify areas with a higher than expected number of crashes. 

A preview of the iPhone App Store application and iPhone API applications were also displayed.  Users will soon be able to download a free application from the iStore and access services that are uploaded to  Developers who want to create their own applications can use the ArcGIS iPhone API, scheduled for Beta in late April.

Another hot topic was VGI, or volunteer geographic information.  With VGI, citizens and the public are empowered to collect information and report it to organizations that can utilize the information for making decisions.  Along with more mobile options, the new ArcGIS Server 10 feature services and editing templates make this kind of information easier for organizations to collect.

So what is this Rome thing? – Perhaps the biggest hit of the conference was our unveiling of the Rome prototype.  Rome is the code name for the new software product we’re developing to support highway data management through advanced linear referencing functionality.  We’re planning for an early 2011 release and, instead of locking ourselves in a room for the next 12 months, we decided to engage our customers in the development process.  A key element was the creation of the Rome prototype.  The prototype is essentially a web application built in Microsoft Silverlight with some desktop components.  Eventually, Rome will have elements on the desktop, web and even mobile.  Right now, however, we’re still in the requirements and design phase.  To help us out, we unveiled the Rome prototype at GIS-T to create groundswell enthusiasm and make sure we’re on the right track.  It appears we were successful on both counts. 

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Join Us at GIS-T

If you are going to be attending the AASHTO GIS in Transportation Symposium (GIS-T, next week in Charleston, West Virginia, please come visit us at the ESRI showcase.  We will be there to answer your questions, address your concerns, and show you some new stuff.  There is a lot going on in the transportation industry these days and GIS-T is a great place to discover how GIS is playing a role.  Here are some specific items you may not be aware of:
ESRI’s LRS Solution for Highway Data Maintenance - We will be showing a sneak peak of our new solution to improve the maintenance of asset and incident data along highways.  This solution, currently in prototype form, is based on advanced linear referencing functionality such as multiple LRMs, rule-based event behavior, virtual routes, and time-aware LRS.  We don’t yet have a solid release date for the product, but we are anticipating an early 2011 deployment.  GIS-T will be your first opportunity to come by and see what we’re working on.  You can read the full press release at
ESRI Transportation Data Model - In case you’re not already aware, we have published the new ESRI Transportation Data Model as a logical geodatabase design.  The ESRI Trans Model is based on Designing Geodatabases for Transportation by J. Alison Butler and incorporates the prinicples of Mr. Butler’s design into a comprehensive data model for highway information management.  The Trans Model can be downloaded from and then extended to meet your agency’s specific highway data modeling needs.  It is available as a Visio UML diagram and as a geodatabase schema. 
If you are unable to make it to GIS-T this year, and you still want to see our new technology, please contact your ESRI account representative to set up webcast.  We’re proud of the work we’re doing and we’re happy to show it off.

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New Esri Transportation Blog

Welcome to the launch of the Esri Transportation Blog. My name is Adrien Litton and I’ll be working with the transportation industry communities to post and share information on Esri products and solutions for transportation at ArcGIS 10 and beyond.  If you have questions or suggestions for this blog, please make a comment and I’ll work to make sure the right team gets your feedback.
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