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Go Ahead. Rain on My Parade: Best Practices for Developing an Integrated and Effective Road Weather Information System (RWIS) (October 13, 2009)

Presenter:   Dawn Gustafson
Presenter's Org:   Michigan Department of Transportation

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Slide 1:  RWIS in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Dawn Gustafson
Michigan Department of Transportation
October 13, 2009

[This slide contains a picture of an atmospheric sensor and camera in Ecanaba, MI. This system can collect wind speed directions, precipitation, and barometric pressure.]

Slide 2:  Superior Region Con-ops

Slides 3–4:  RWIS Project Vision

Slide 5:  Stakeholder Involvement

Slide 6:  ESS Location Siting

Slide 7:  Existing Weather Data Sites
Potential Co-Location Sites

Slide 8:  Reduced Cost for Shared Resources Due to Co-locating

Slide 9:  Co-Location Efforts

[This slide contains a picture of co-located weigh-in-motion equipment. The picture shows two power feeds and weigh-in-motion equipment.]

Early involvement during the Con-op phase and throughout construction

Slide 10:  ESS Sensors and Devices

Slide 11:  Communication & Power

Slide 12:  System Architecture and Standards

Slide 13:  Anticipated Impacts

Slide 14:  Anticipated Benefits

Slide 15:  Performance Measures

Slide 16:  Superior Region RWIS

Slide 17:  ESS and DMS Sites

[This slide contains a map of the ESS and DMS sites in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. The gray triangles represent existing RWIS sites and green triangles represent proposed (this fall) RWIS sites. The green squares represent proposed (this fall) DMS sites.]

Slide 18:  In Pavement Sensors

[This slide contains a picture of pavements sensors. The left sensor detects pavement temperature and the right sensor measures frost depth.]

Slide 19:  Atmospheric Sensors

[This slide contains a picture of an atmospheric sensor and camera in Ecanaba, MI. This system can collect wind speed directions, precipitation, and barometric pressure.]

Slide 20:  Site Information

Currently 5 locations

[This slide contains a screen shot of the software used to organize data from the atmospheric sensors in Au Train, MI. The information collected includes air data, wind data, distance of visibility, precipitation, accumulation, and snow depth.]

Slide 21:  Surface Conditions

[This slide contains a screen shot of the software used to monitor surface conditions in Engadine, MI. The second column contains different chemical data for the surface. Orange represents icy conditions. Yellow signifies that the surface is "Chemically Wet". Red denotes an "Ice Warning".]

Slide 22:  Harvey

[This slide contains a picture from a camera located along the roadway in Harvey, MI. The spots in the upper right of the picture indicate that ice and moisture have accumulated on the camera’s lens.]

Slide 23:  AuTrain

[This slide contains a picture from a camera located along the roadway in AuTrain, MI. The picture shows the winter weather conditions. The spots in the upper portion of the picture indicate that ice and moisture have accumulated on the camera's lens.]

Slide 24:  Engadine

[This slide contains a picture of one of the atmospheric sensor and camera stations in Engadine, MI along Route 2.]

Slide 25:  Engadine

[This slide contains a picture taken from a camera located along Route 2 in Engadine, MI. The spots in the picture indicate that ice and moisture have accumulated on the camera's lens.]

Slide 26:  Brevort

[This slide contains a picture of one of the atmospheric sensors and camera stations in Brevort, MI.]

Slide 27:  Brevort

[This slide contains a picture of winter weather conditions along a roadway in Brevort, MI.]

Slide 28:  Outcomes and Next Steps

Slide 29:  Take Away

Keep your Con-ops handy!!

It is a very useful document that will provide assistance through your RWIS development.

Slide 30:  Thanks and Good Luck!

Dawn Gustafson, P.E., Traffic and Safety Engineer
Michigan Department of Transportation
(906) 786-1830 ext. 316
gustafsond@michigan.gov

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