Winter Storm Mapping a Geographic Information Systems Transportation Applications

by Lawrence B. Swift, Maryland State Highway, Administration, Brooklandville, United States,
Dan Wheeler, Maryland State Highway, Administration, Brooklandville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputers in Transportation


The Winter Storm Mapping System (WSMS) has grown out of our Geographic Information System for Transportation (GIS-T). The development of this project began the spring of 1991 on the State Highway Administrations Intergraph Computer Network. The Office of Maintenance has snow monitors traveling the major primary highways in the Baltimore, Washington, and Annapolis Areas during snow emergencies. They report the highway travel conditions to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This data is entered into the data base for processing various reports. This includes a map projected on to a 6 by 10 foot screen. This map includes information about pavement conditions, travel speeds, and special incidents (accidents, etc). It is easily read by any of the EOC personal and visitors, including the SHA's top management and the radio and TV media personnel. This information collected in the EOC is sent to various District offices in the Baltimore, Washington, and Annapolis areas. Plans include to expand this system to state wide coverage and include all types of highway travel conditions. This paper will discuss the development steps to present time. Included will be the roles of the state highway staff and the consultant. Future plans will also highlighted.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Mapping | Information systems | Winter | Storms | Snow | Highways and roads | United States | Baltimore | Maryland | Washington

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