One of the most interesting projects I have been working on for the past couple of years is with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). We are supporting them with many initiatives that overlap with different state departments. When I think about impactful and innovative, I think of automating NCDOT’s emergency pipe recommendation efforts.
After a severe weather event, the State Maintenance Office installed ArcGIS Survey123, an Esri® application and smart form, to collect storm damage data. The hydraulics unit evaluates collected pipe/culvert/bridge damage data and recommends corrections and mitigation strategies for future storm events. The tools we are developing provide stronger resource management access and allow design recommendations, updates, and final design documentation.
Teaming with the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, we have automated systems to provide field assessments in the unit workspace. These automations allow the unit to easily send recommendations to other state departments without bogging down email systems.