New York Gets Wired

by Fred Cohn, Acting Director; Management-Information-Systems Division/Computer-Aided Design and Drafting, New York City Department of Transportation,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 9, Pg. 54-57

Document Type: Feature article


With users of New York City DOT's computer-aided drafting and design reaching the limits of the computer system, the department decided to turn the situation to its advantage, integrating increased CADD capacity with geographic information systems into a single, highly accessible information channel. In response to internal demands and driven by a vision for a department-wide high-speed communications channel, New York City DOT has implemented a $1.7 million combined system of computer-aided drafting and design and geographic information systems to meet the department's evolving needs. To date, more than 150 NYC DOT personnel have been trained to use the system for everything from improving pothole repair and road design to developing tree planting plans and mapping the city's bridges.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Computer aided design | Information systems | Hydraulic design | Highway and road design | Communication systems | Channels (waterway) | New York | United States

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