It was just before 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, and ACA is in the room, which quickly filled up in anticipation of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Town Hall Meeting. It seemed like every active Florida Surveyor was in attendance, along with many state and county officials. FDOT’s State Surveyor, John Krause, was seated at the head of the room, prepared to kick-off the meeting and lead the discussions.
There were a lot of familiar faces in the room, so the introductions went quickly. The agenda covered a wide range of topics, including advanced use of geospatial tools to the enhancement and streamlining of the procurement process. John briefly covered FDOT’s new ROADS (Reliable Organized Accurate Data Sharing) initiative and the intention of using and sharing geospatial data for more than just roadway design. This strategic initiative would include data hosting and built-in metadata to further enhance the end-users’ capabilities. Possible benefits include business analytics, planning, asset management, and transportation statistics.
The group discussed some reorganizational changes to enhance their capacity to help review geospatial products and increase the efficiency of analyzing geospatial and remote sensing data. Central Office’s Justin Evers got the room excited when he shared that FDOT is centralizing all of the horizontal and vertical control information into an ArcGIS format throughout all the districts. The platform will be very similar to LABINS online portal, and it should be ready to go by the end of 2016.
All in all, it was a very informative town hall meeting and conference. Next year, a bigger room will be needed as more consultants will want to keep abreast of current developments impacting the survey industry in the state of Florida.
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