This marks the culmination of a number of projects by the Division of Planning and the Division of Technology to improve the quality of data available to Cabinet planners and decision makers, including a GPS survey to create a base map of more than 77,000 miles of roads in 120 counties with a spatial accuracy of two meters. The Division of Planning integrated this spatial data to information within Cabinet databases creating an accurate, up-to-date, digital highway network that meets Cabinet needs for highway analysis and information-driven mapping, and now uses Exor to maintain this integration.
The Cabinet took the opportunity to update and improve the quality of the road inventory database and to migrate reports and applications to the new system. The integrated map-based editing environment and extensive data validation functionality enables Cabinet staff members to maintain the improved data quality standards, and to build up a historic database.
Greg Witt, Assistant Director Division of Planning at Kentucky says, “By enabling our staff to maintain the highway GIS network and associated assets within a single application enables us to merge two separate processes into a single, synchronized, process, simplifying workflow and improving data integrity, reporting, and analysis.
“The establishment of a complete transportation network and the migration to a current release of Oracle will afford the Transportation Cabinet the opportunity to continue building an enterprise data system. This will further enhance our capacity to develop links to existing and developing data systems, produce up-to-date data driven maps, and support a number of efforts underway by the Cabinet in the area of transportation planning and analysis.”
The migration marks the successful conclusion of a project to replace the original HIS, which was based on Oracle Highways, with the Exor system. The original HIS was a significant advance on the mainframe database that it replaced, moving the statewide road database to a relational database management system, and moving to the Exor system which integrates spatial data and also maintains history is another significant technological step forward. The Cabinet will no longer need two separate groups to maintain separate tabular and spatial roadway inventory databases, and they will no longer have to periodically synchronize the two. Cabinet organization and maintenance procedures are being restructured around the new, simpler, integrated data maintenance environment. The new spatially enabled HIS provides the foundation for all Cabinet GIS activities as well as various aspatial reports and applications.
One major function of HIS is to provide data for the annual Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) report. This report, which is required by the Federal Highway Administration, is also the basis for a number of Cabinet decision support and economic forecasting models. HPMS reporting is a core function of the Exor system and Planning Division staff will be able to generate HPMS reports much more quickly and easily than before.
“Kentucky and Exor project teams have done a lot of work in making this migration process a huge success,” said Steve Voller, Exor COO. “And the development team helped with crucial enhancements to accommodate specific Cabinet reporting and GIS data entry requirements. Version 3.2 is more powerful and versatile to accommodate such projects and the Cabinet is one of our largest deployments in North America.”
About Exor:Exor Corporation was founded in 1995 and is a global provider of asset management software solutions for network centric infrastructure industries. Exor established its operating base in highways management and is rapidly expanding into other strategic markets including rail, water, power distribution and oil & gas. Based on world-class Oracle technology Exor provides clients with a modular approach to their individual technology needs. Exor Corporation operates worldwide in Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific. Exor systems manage 1,000,000 miles of roads with an asset value in excess of $750 billion (USD).
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