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Buidling a Transportation Enterprise Data Platform For The 21st Century


Abstract: What began as a modest effort back in 2012 to build a geospatial LRS to support capital project management at the CTDOT has since evolved into a comprehensive initiative to develop, integrate, and share core business data sets across the Department from a common platform. Like many State DOT's, CTDOT's data bases were built on a foundation of silos set up to meet a specific business need. Data in the silos was rarely connected and shared.

Beginning in 2016, CTDOT commissioned an RDIP Assessment resulting in specific recommendations improve the collection of MIRE related data. Following in 2017, the CTDOT also commissioned a series of interactive FHWA planning workshops on data integration, data governance, and local partner involvement to add structure and process to its evolving initiative. An informal Transportation Enterprise Development (TED) group which had been meeting to look for new opportunities for data integration was formally tasked in late 2016 with building a Departmental-wide integrated data platform with full capabilities to support roadway, safety, asset, pavement, and capital project management. The TED Development group meets weekly and is facilitated by a dedicated RDIP "Data Champion" and Business Systems Integration Specialist.

Using FHWA's data integration planning model and customizing it to meet the CTDOT's needs, the TED Development group using an "agile systems development" approach oversees a series of active work groups tasked with following::

 1) development of a MIRE field data collection and intersection management tools

2) development/maintenance of authoritative point, linear, and geospatial asset data sets that can be uploaded to TED

 3) continuing enhancements to the TED data platform

4) further refinement of the Department's current geospatial business and viewing tool ATLAS and

5) working in partnership with the UCONN development of a customized safety analysis tool.

 The project includes a heavy emphasis on both data linkage and data integration. Many of the data sets in TED are linked by location to the LRS. Those data sets in turn are linked to capital project information including administrative data. More recently, the TED project has embarked on an effort to link field maintenance and asset data in an attempt to keep asset inventories as current as possible. A Data Visualization and Analytics Task Group has also been formed to assess and deploy a wide range of query, visualization, and analytical tools. The TED Development effort now includes a Data Governance Council designed to set up Departmental rules on managing data as an asset. Our panel will include TED Enterprise presentations on our MIRE field data collection and intersection management tools, descriptions how data sets are managed in TED, an overview of ATLAS, a discussion of Data Governance, and an overview of our Asset Management/ Field Maintenance data linkage project

Mario Damiata - served over 40 years at NHTSA in various highway safety management capacities; functioned as the Region 1 Traffic Records Coordinator; participant in review of all TEA-21 and SAFETEA-LU grant applications from the States; part of NHTSA Advisory team to develop national performance standards for Traffic Records programs; currently serves as the Crash Data Champion for the Conn DOT



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