Minnesota Department of Transportation

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GIS Tools and Apps - Integration with Asset Management

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  04/19/2019


Asset management is critical for local and state government to not only track assets but to plan for maintenance of assets that will provide the greatest return on investment for the agency. The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, tools and geospatial data can provide agencies with the most accurate inventory of assets, a basis to determine and maintain condition, cost effective mobile tracking and maintaining assets such as signs, culverts, roads and bridges, and reporting tools to justify asset expenditures. However, GIS use for asset management is varied among agencies within the State of Minnesota depending on agency size and urban/rural location, access to accurate and timely geospatial data, and use of applications and tools, making it difficult to understand the best data processes, applications and tools to use. This research project will survey and analyze GIS tools and applications for existing and new technology, present local agency relevant case studies, and make recommendations for data best practices, and efficient cost-effective mobile technology use.

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