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Week 7: Read Chapter 19 and 20

Week 7:

Read Chapter 19 and 20


In this week’s lecture, we can begin to understand the importance of innovation. There are many aspects of science and technology that we’ve used to enhance our ability to be more efficient in many aspects of our businesses. In healthcare industry, we are now able to operate on patients to remove cancerous tumors that may be otherwise deadly. Sound technology, right? In construction industry, we’re able to now build houses in less than a month with treated cement, concrete and steel reinforcements. Sound technology, right? In law enforcement, we’re able to track DNA sample of “perps” in order to be more accurate during convictions, etc.

In transportation and logistics, we’re now able to avoid unnecessary wastes of time in traffic congestions. We also able to plot and plan our infrastructures well in advance so that these delays are better controlled. So the use of GPS satellites has yielded GIS system. Be careful with your definitions. GPS (global positioning satellites) use triangulated data to pinpoint location of any data “X”. There were 6 low earth orbiting satellites in the 1990s that were used for this purpose until NASA introduced their “selective availability” so that enemy forces can’t find some sensitive locations in the US (Parkinson, 1996). Today, there are about 30 of them (NAVSTAR) and people can use them for fishing, skiing, jogging, driving hiking etc – eg Garmin®. However GIS uses non-real-time data to represent man-made facilities. You can’t quite call it a map, and you can’t quite call it a tracking sensor. The system simply denotes objects both on the surface of the earth and underneath as well. Now that you have these information, why would it be a great asset for our troops to have GIS capability as opposed to GPS? Think logistics.

GIS is also used in engineering to show buried public utility lines like electrical lines, water lines, sewer lines, fiber optics lines, phone/data communication lines, gas lines (abandoned and active), storm water lines, roads, facilities etc. The idea is to graphically represent these utilities and facilities (aka “as-built” drawings) so that programming and planning of future constructions is embedded and/or recorded. Some of the advantages of GIS system include the fact that dig permits can be issued to potential workers and construction mangers prior to start of work in their respective areas. That way, workers are not electrocuted if they cut a live high voltage cables. Also it helps to prevent damages to waterlines that could flood the city or cut off a section of water users etc. Now can you name three disadvantages of GIS?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed: but when you’re driving on a highway, sometimes under the bridge, you could see a black cable that runs across the road, from one side to the other. That cable is used by DoT to track the number of passes a road can sustain before repair and maintenance will be required. Also in GIS system, these data are usually transcribed to forecast future traffic patterns in a designated trunk or roadway. Today, these information are used by GPS systems in our cars to predict traffic congestions so drivers can avoid certain roads if they were in a hurry. Can you tell me what else these GIS information can predict?

Consequently, in other aspects of trade and logistics, there are efforts we have made to streamline trade agreements, check our economic downfall (stimulus) and protect our national parks and forests. This week, we need to pay attention to some real-time current affairs to see how far we’ve come and how far we’ll be going in terms of transportation logistics technology and innovation.




This is the forum post instructions, minimum 250 word: This is due by Thursday:

Topic 1 – GIS

What is GIS and how is it related to Transportation Economics? What can GIS do to help transportation economists to save money? What impact might GIS have on future projects in transportation?

Is on chapter 19 of the same book of the last one.

Sinha, K. C., &Labi, S. (2008). Transportation decision making, principles of project evaluation and programming. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

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Assignment Instructions: Due Saturday.

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