VicRoads banks on innovative map


Innovative mapping application is set to make things easier for VicRoads once implemented next month

By Ruza Zivkusic | November 23, 2010

An innovative mapping application is set to make things easier for VicRoads once implemented next month.

Connect Maps, which is designed by Esri Australia, will improve the road corporation’s management of programs and support its existing location intelligence infrastructure, VicRoads Spatial Project Manager Evan Quick says.

One year in the making, the application will come in place on December 6 to provide a common platform for spatial data capture, integration and management of systems.

This will mean that VicRoads’ staff will have an easy access to bid for future projects, Quick adds.

"It will provide a single platform to bring together all sorts of information that VicRoads holds," he says.

"It will assist people into putting those bids into the system, especially by location of that work so they can use the map to choose a location and specify where the works will happen.

"It will also provide a map of all the other bids that everyone else across VicRoads is putting into the system so they can see on one map the entire works of a project for the financial year but also see previous work and future works for five years," Quick says.

Similar to Google Maps, the application will be user friendly and individual departments will be able to see funding bids submitted under other programs by different parts of the business.

Connect Maps will have 500 users and will reach another 2500 once used across other systems, Quick says.

"We deliberately chose this platform because it’s easy to use and it’s similar to Google Maps, it’s something that people can pick up and use.

"People are starting to be more conscious of how they can use maps as part of their day-to-day work, things like Google Maps have made things really popular and there’s a demand for it amongst VicRoads staff," Quick says.

VicRoads manages more than 52,000 kilometres of road and 3140 bridges.




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