California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Monday, July 30, 2012

Contact: Public Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans San Diego Earns International Award For GIS Technology

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans -- San Diego and Imperial counties) recently received an international award for its work using geographic information system (GIS) technology.

Caltrans received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the Esri International User Conference held in San Diego earlier this month.  The award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work and innovation.

"Each year, the SAG Awards highlight extraordinary achievements and efforts to improve our world," said Esri President Jack Dangermond. "We are always deeply impressed with the innovation of our users. This recognition is well deserved for how they’ve applied geospatial technology to address the needs of their industries and communities. They are defining GIS best practices."

The Caltrans GIS Team developed and put to work an effective framework to support transportation business processes and workflows across all program areas.  The project refined existing workflows and established new methods to collect, develop, convert, publish, and consume geospatial data, as well as to perform analysis and provide end product solutions more effectively.

This included refining field data collection practices, developing new analytical tools, improving GIS/CADD data and software integration, publishing imagery and data as services, and exploring new methods to make data and information available to internal and external customers.

Caltran uses Esri ArcGIS technology to maintain a geospatial technology framework that supports business processes, asset management, capital project delivery and information-sharing. Its framework contributes to efficiencies in a wide variety of business areas, and provides decision-making support for management across program areas.

The Caltrans San Diego GIS Program is led by Manager Pat Landrum with technical and workflow leadership provided by lead GIS analysts Barbara Kent and Robert Shanaberger and key support staff contributions from Deniz Ozakcay, Tony Blades, and Yasnaia Florentino.

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