The American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) honored the Catch It Early GIS Web Application project with a Diamond Award in the Surveying and Mapping Technology category. Working with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority to decrease incident response times, KCI created a dashboard that compiled layers of information into one user-friendly hub. The 2020 ACEC/PA Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala was held on February 27 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) wanted to leverage available information to reduce delays associated with accidents and other incidents across their entire network, which spans more than 500 miles in length. The organization’s GeoAnalytics team and Traffic, Engineering and Operations (TEO) Department partnered with KCI to develop the Catch It Early, Act, Analyze and Review program, or CAAR. The goal was the integration of data from various sources into one viewable application to provide the TEO with an efficient tool to quickly detect and respond to safety and traffic flow situations, and in turn improve customer experience while traveling the turnpike.
“For this project, KCI focused on safety, efficiency, innovation and continuous improvement, and the final result shows just that,” said Leeann Sherman, executive director of ACEC/PA. “This project is an informative and revolutionary web-based geographic system that connects technology, social media, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to improve awareness of the total roadway network.”
A data lake was created to merge many independent information sources, including feeds from partner organizations such as Waze, AccuWeather, INRIX and Verizon, as well as social media and real-time open data. As a custom safety-centric incident visualization tool, GIS applications and dashboards display real-time data, video, photos, travel speeds, weather, traffic conditions, and the PTC safety and truck locations. These data layers help users and duty officers to make the roads safer by allowing whole system monitoring of traffic situations and quick identification of major traffic incidents. Since inception, clearance times have decreased by 28 minutes, which has reduced backlogs, cost and first responder and safety resources required on the roadway.