Several CFIRE projects were used to illustrate unique uses of Geographical Information System (GIS) data for a diverse group of people at the 2016 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit. The annual event brings together people interested in using GIS data in a wide range of fields. Ben Zietlow shared several case studies from a variety of research applications in the transportation industry.

GIS Data for Employment

GIS data helps visualize how each county scored in this study that looked at employment density in the plastics manufacturing industry

The case studies came from CFIRE projects that utilized GIS data in unique ways. In the first case study, GIS data was used to analyze permit data for oversized and overweight freight vehicles in the state of Kansas. Another study looked at Wisconsin shippers’ access to the rail system. Finally, a third project looked at employment concentrations and other factors in areas spanning from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes to identify prime locations for reshoring manufacturing activity.

“The Geospatial summit was really informative,” said Zietlow. “It is an important forum for those of us who use GIS. We can get ideas from how people use it in other fields. For example, there was an interesting project presented where they measured regional access to healthcare.”

The 2016 Geospatial Summit, held on April 19 at UW-Madison, attracted almost 140 registrants from locations around the state. For more information about the summit, read the article on the Geospatial Alliance website here.

Adams Receives S.S. Steinberg Award from ARTBA

January 6, 2016

CFIRE Executive Director Teresa Adams has been selected to receive the 2015 S.S. Steinberg Award by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The S.S. Steinberg Award, named for the founding president of the ARTBA Research and Education Division (RED), recognizes an individual who has made important contributions to education, academia, the construction industry, and […]

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You’re Invited: Wisconsin Transportation Reception

December 1, 2015

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Register for the MTWC Summit Today!

November 23, 2015

Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit: Addressing the Future Now! December 7-8, 2015 Fluno Center University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin Join the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) in Fall 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin for the Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit. The MTWC will convene public- and private-sector stakeholders in transportation, education, economic development, and other areas as we continue to work […]

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Webinar: Rail Ballast Stabilization Research and Industry Partnership

November 12, 2015

November 13, 2015 10-11am CST The U.S. railroad system is the backbone of our nation’s transportation and freight network. The rail system’s integrity is vital for our country’s economic growth and stability, and any failure in the system can have substantial consequences. The University of Wisconsin has been conducting a study on the stabilization of […]

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Fall 2015 CFIRE Rail Short Course Scholarships

August 20, 2015

The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development to offer scholarships for rail-related short courses. Courses In the Fall 0f 2015, there are two courses eligible for CFIRE scholarships. Fundamentals of Railway Control and Signaling (September 16-17, 2015 in Madison, WI) Maintaining […]

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Next Generation Transportation for a Sustainable Future Summit Materials Now Available

June 3, 2015

The presentations, photographs, and other materials from the Next Generation Transportation for a Sustainable Future summit are now available. This summit brought together a group of expert panelists and engaged attendees from across and outside the transportation research field to consider how to create a culture of sustainability and how to focus transportation research at […]

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