T3 Webinar Presentation

New Look, New Resources: Enhancements to the ITS Knowledge Resources Websites (June 23, 2011)

Presenter:   Marcia Pincus, Program Manager
Presenter's Org:   ITS Joint Program Office at US DOT
Presenter:   Greg Hatcher, Manager, Transportation Systems Mission Area
Presenter's Org:   Noblis
Presenter:   Cheryl Lowrance, Principal Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer
Presenter's Org:   Noblis
Presenter:   James Bunch, Senior Principal Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer
Presenter's Org:   Noblis

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T3 Webinars are brought to you by the ITS Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation's ITS Joint Program Office (JPO), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).


Slide 1:  2011 Enhancements to the ITS Knowledge Resources Websites
Improving Access to Information on ITS Benefits, Costs, Lessons Learned and Deployment

T3 Webinar – June 23, 2011

Marcia Pincus, Program Manager, ITS Joint Program Office at US DOT
Greg Hatcher, Manager, Transportation Systems Mission Area, Noblis
Cheryl Lowrance, Principal Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer, Noblis
James Bunch, Senior Principal Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer, Noblis

Slide 2:  Introduction

Marcia Pincus, ITS-JPO

Slide 3:  ITS Knowledge Resources

  • Part of the Evaluation Program
  • A comprehensive source for informed decision making
  • Over 15 years of information about the benefits, costs, lessons learned, and deployment status of ITS

Slide 4:  Agenda

This webinar will be an interactive demonstration that introduces the Knowledge Resources portal and newly redesigned websites and highlights the new features, including sample unit costs, mapping, and user ratings.

Topic Presenter
Introduction Marcia Pincus
New Knowledge Resources Home Page (Portal) Greg Hatcher
Benefits, Lessons, and Costs Tour Cheryl Lowrance
New Mapping feature Jim Bunch
Q&A All

Slide 5:  Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn:
    • How to navigate the ITS Knowledge Resources Portal and websites to find information on ITS costs, benefits and lessons learned.
    • How the ITS Knowledge Resources can help stakeholders make informed decisions in planning, deployment, operations, and maintenance of ITS.
    • About new website features

Slide 6:  Knowledge Resources Home Page/Portal

Greg Hatcher, Noblis

Slide 7:  ITS JPO Web Site

[This slide contains a screenshot of the newly launched ITS JPO website.]

Slide 8:  Portal Usability Exercise

Please find and jot down the answers to these 3 questions, beginning each time on the KR home page: (use home icon under Quicklinks to return to KR home page)

  1. How many unique benefits summaries are captured in your home state, or a neighboring state?
  2. How many unique lessons are categorized as Management and Operations?
  3. How many total benefits, costs, and lessons learned summaries are available within the KR databases for the topic CCTV?

(Hint, the number of unique summaries is often captured in the top blue bar of the result.)

If you have extra time, please click around and check out the KR portal page and its many links.

Slide 9:  Portal Usability Exercise

Please find and jot down the answers to these 3 questions, beginning each time on the KR home page: (use home icon under Quicklinks to return to KR home page)

  1. How many unique benefits summaries are captured in your home state, or a neighboring state? Depends on State
  2. How many unique lessons are categorized as Management and Operations?
  3. How many total benefits, costs, and lessons learned summaries are available within the KR databases for the topic CCTV?

(Hint, the number of unique summaries is often captured in the top blue bar of the result.)

If you have extra time, please click around and check out the KR portal page and its many links.

Slide 10:  Portal Usability Exercise

Please find and jot down the answers to these 3 questions, beginning each time on the KR home page: (use home icon under Quicklinks to return to KR home page)

  1. How many unique benefits summaries are captured in your home state, or a neighboring state? Depends on State
  2. How many unique lessons are categorized as Management and Operations? 187
  3. How many total benefits, costs, and lessons learned summaries are available within the KR databases for the topic CCTV?

(Hint, the number of unique summaries is often captured in the top blue bar of the result.)

If you have extra time, please click around and check out the KR portal page and its many links.

Slide 11:  Portal Usability Exercise

Please find and jot down the answers to these 3 questions, beginning each time on the KR home page: (use home icon under Quicklinks to return to KR home page)

  1. How many unique benefits summaries are captured in your home state, or a neighboring state? Depends on State
  2. How many unique lessons are categorized as Management and Operations? 187
  3. How many total benefits, costs, and lessons learned summaries are available within the KR databases for the topic CCTV? 350

(Hint, the number of unique summaries is often captured in the top blue bar of the result.)

If you have extra time, please click around and check out the KR portal page and its many links.

Slide 12:  Benefits, Costs and Lessons Tours

Cheryl Lowrance, Noblis

Slide 13:  Tour: Benefits

  • Content:
    • Provide summary of source document
    • Direct link to source document
    • Provide methodology
    • Provide results, findings, performance impacts, conclusions, etc.
      • Quantitative
      • Qualitative

Slide 14:  ITS JPO Web Site

[This slide contains a screenshot of the newly launched ITS JPO website, showing the "Go to Benefits" headline of the Benefits tab of the Knowledge Resources section circled in red.]

Slide 15:  Tour: Lessons Learned

  • Content:
    • Provide summary of source document
    • Provide Lessons for practitioners to consider when deploying projects
    • Direct link to source document
    • Provide contact information

Slide 16:  ITS JPO Web Site

[This slide contains a screenshot of the newly launched ITS JPO website, showing the "Go to Lessons Learned" headline of the Lessons Learned tab of the Knowledge Resources section circled in red.]

Slide 17:  Tour: Costs

  • System Costs
    • Multiple ITS elements and typically represents the total project cost
  • Unit Costs
    • Cost associated with an individual ITS element
  • New Cost Feature
    • Sample Unit Cost

Slide 18:  ITS JPO Web Site

[This slide contains a screenshot of the newly launched ITS JPO website, showing the "Go to Costs" headline of the Costs tab of the Knowledge Resources section circled in red.]

Slide 19:  Benefits, Costs and Lessons Exercise

Imagine you are a transportation engineer in a city that is preparing for a summer long special event. Your director has asked you to identify other areas that have used ITS solutions to handle additional traffic due to tourists and special events and she wants to know the benefits and costs of setting up these applications on a temporary basis.

  • Locate ITS Benefits pertaining to tourism and special events.
  • Are there Costs associated with any of these solutions?
    • While searching for Costs, you find that there are some useful Lessons Learned, so you decide to add these to your report.
  • You found the use of Portable Dynamic Message Signs as an ITS solution. What is the cost range for Portable DMS?

Slide 20:  Benefits, Costs and Lessons Exercise

Imagine you are a transportation engineer in a city that is preparing for a summer long special event. Your director has asked you to identify other areas that have used ITS solutions to handle additional traffic due to tourists and special events and she wants to know the benefits and costs of setting up these applications on a temporary basis.

  • Locate ITS Benefits pertaining to tourism and special events.
    Traveler Information/Tourism & Events
  • Are there Costs associated with any of these solutions?
    • While searching for Costs, you find that there are some useful Lessons Learned, so you decide to add these to your report.
  • You found the use of Portable Dynamic Message Signs as an ITS solution. What is the cost range for Portable DMS?

Slide 21:  Benefits, Costs and Lessons Exercise

Imagine you are a transportation engineer in a city that is preparing for a summer long special event. Your director has asked you to identify other areas that have used ITS solutions to handle additional traffic due to tourists and special events and she wants to know the benefits and costs of setting up these applications on a temporary basis.

  • Locate ITS Benefits pertaining to tourism and special events.
    Traveler Information/Tourism & Events
  • Are there Costs associated with any of these solutions?
    Other Entries from this Source
    • While searching for Costs, you find that there are some useful Lessons Learned, so you decide to add these to your report.
  • You found the use of Portable Dynamic Message Signs as an ITS solution. What is the cost range for Portable DMS?

Slide 22:  Benefits, Costs and Lessons Exercise

Imagine you are a transportation engineer in a city that is preparing for a summer long special event. Your director has asked you to identify other areas that have used ITS solutions to handle additional traffic due to tourists and special events and she wants to know the benefits and costs of setting up these applications on a temporary basis.

  • Locate ITS Benefits pertaining to tourism and special events.
    Traveler Information/Tourism & Events
  • Are there Costs associated with any of these solutions?
    Other Entries from this Source
    • While searching for Costs, you find that there are some useful Lessons Learned, so you decide to add these to your report.
  • You found the use of Portable Dynamic Message Signs as an ITS solution. What is the cost range for Portable DMS?
    Classification/Roadside Information/DMS, Portable – $15,900 to $21,000

Slide 23:  Mapping Feature

Jim Bunch, Noblis

Slide 24:  Mapping Feature

[This slide contains a screenshot of the newly launched ITS JPO website, showing a cutomized, Google-generated map of the continental United States circled in red within the Map Entries box.]

Slide 25:  Mapping Exercise

  • Now we would like you to imagine that you are a planner working in Columbus Ohio.
  • You have been asked to find examples of ITS solutions that may help make transportation in your area more efficient and productive. However, your boss only wants to provide examples from areas similar to your own (i.e. the mid-west).
  • Think about how would you use the mapping feature of the Knowledge Resources to help answer this question.
  • I will show you how we would approach it in just a second.

Slide 26:  Contact Us

Marcia Pincus
Marcia.Pincus@dot.gov
(202) 366-9230

Greg Hatcher
greg.hatcher@noblis.org
(202) 488-5704

Cheryl Lowrance
cheryl.lowrance@noblis.org
(202) 863-2986

Jim Bunch
jabunch@noblis.org
(202) 863-2984

Slide 27:  Any questions?

[This slide contains a graphic image of a large yellow push button labeled with a question mark.]


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