August 17, 2017
One of the challenges we face at the Iowa DOT is connecting our workforce that is spread out over more than 100 locations across the state. Our work often crosses several offices and divisions making quick and easy communication more important than ever. Recent updates and new tools allow you to collaborate with all Iowa DOT offices around the state virtually, often eliminating the extra time and expense of travel.
Whether you just need to bounce an idea off someone or conduct a formal presentation to dozens of people, using Skype for Business meetings is a tool every Iowa DOTer with an Office365 license can access. If you have an Iowa DOT email address, you have an Office365 license and access to Skype meetings.
Data drives the critical decisions we make every day. The Iowa Department of Transportation has long been a leader in the collection of transportation data, including things like traffic volumes, lane width, and sufficiency ratings. Many custom data systems have been developed by or for us that use the latitude and longitude of the centerlines of every public roadway to give a common linear reference point to tie together many types of data.
These systems, most notably the Geographic Information Management System (GIMS), provided access to a variety of information, but were sometimes complex to use and required a desktop application to access the data.