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.

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 to improve transportation workforce development in the Midwest and across the United States.

Come for one and a half days packed with expert panels, roundtable discussions, and focused presentations that will inform and inspire new workforce development initiatives and innovative partnerships. There will be ample opportunities for networking and collaboration with MTWC staff and your peers.

For more information, visit the Summit page.

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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The Role of Freight Transportation in Economic Competitiveness

June 1, 2015

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) recently published the proceedings of a December 2014 conference that explored the trends in freight transportation and economic competitiveness, as well as global business models and supply chains. Sessions addressed modal perspectives on supply chains, transportation system resiliency, transportation and energy sector developments, and global freight supply-chain issues. CFIRE researchers presented a […]

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Save the Date: 2015 Conference on Freight

February 18, 2015

The Mid-America Freight Coalition and the Ohio Conference on Freight are combining forces in 2015 to host the 2015 Conference on Freight–Breaking Boundaries: Building a Future Together. For more information about this conference, visit  

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A Tour of CREATE

May 12, 2014

As part of the 2014 MAFC Annual Meeting and NAFTANEXT Conference, participants had the opportunity to tour some of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) program’s project sites. MAFC researcher Maria Hart attended the tour, took photographs, and then added the photographs to a Chicago map using ArcGIS.

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CFIRE Team Wins Case Competition

March 5, 2014

On February 27, a team of students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison took first place in a case competition at the 2014 Logistics, Trade and Transportation (LTT) Symposium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Teams of students were tasked with analyzing the impacts of the expansion of international freight capacity, such as the expansion of the Panama Canal, […]

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