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FME and the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program


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The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program is a landmark public/private partnership among the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, six of the nation’s freight railroads and Chicago’s commuter railroad. In order to provide digital mapping and base engineering data to CREATE's many stakeholders, HNTB Corporation was tasked with the development and implementation of the CREATE GIS/Mapping Program and implementation of the CREATE Spatial Portal. This session explores how FME has played a key role in the success in these complex geospatial initiatives. We'll highlight how FME helped HNTB implement an overall solution which includes the provision of secure and centralized existing conditions data (LiDAR, CADD and GIS data) for more than 120 linear miles of rail/transportation corridors in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

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FME and the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program

  1. 1. Using Geospatial Technology on the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency 2010: An FME (CREATE) Program Odyssey Jeff Siegel, AICP, GISP Technology Services Director Michael Bieberitz, GISP Technology Project Manager
  2. 2. Agenda   CREATE Program   Definition, background and objectives   Geospatial technology endeavors   Definition, background and objectives   Data management techniques   Applied Deliverables   CREATE Spatial Portal   Business case   Primarily functionality   Data extraction capabilities 2
  3. 3. CREATE Program 3
  5. 5. CREATE Program Chicago Area Rail Infrastructure •  78 yards, including 21 intermodal (rail-truck) •  2,800 route-miles of track •  12 commuter rail routes •  1,100 viaducts and bridges Daily Activity –  1,200 trains –  37,500 rail cars processed –  20,000 truck moves through intermodal gates 5
  6. 6. CREATE Program CREATE Program •  Focuses operation on 5 corridors •  Combined length of corridors 122 miles •  Builds 25 road/rail separations •  Builds 6 passenger/freight rail fly-overs •  Improves train control system •  50 miles of new track on existing right-of-way •  364 new switches •  Automation of 14 interlockings 6
  7. 7. Rail over Rail Brighton Park Grade Separations CP Canal Englewood 74th Street Chicago Ridge 75th Street
  8. 8. New or Improved Connection Locations
  9. 9. Grade Grade Separations Separatio Projects n Projects
  10. 10. Geospatial Technology on CREATE CREATE Mapping Program •  OBJECTIVES •  Consistent, accurate product for multiple uses – useful for planning, design and operations •  Speed in acquisition with minimal operational impact •  METHODOLOGY: Primary technology FLI-MAP •  Cost – 25% of cost of traditional surveying methods •  Speed – All Projects and Corridors “Flown” and initial projects complete within a year •  “Cutting Edge” – LIDAR Accuracy and Density •  Lots of value-add: •  Integration of GIS and Engineering Systems •  Aerial Photos and Videos 11
  11. 11. Geospatial Technology on CREATE General Mapping Process Ground Cross GIS/CAD: Control Section Survey DTM, Contour Map Planimetrics ROW Track Geometry Flight Planning Aerial Video Data Verification Right of Entry Data Orthophoto Reduction Acquisition Lidar Data ROW Survey Control Set Lidar Test Points 12
  12. 12. LIDAR Technology John C. Chance Survey 13
  13. 13. Data Extracti on 14
  14. 14. Flip7 Field Survey Milepost SQL DB • Process Rail • Lidar Test Points • Extract • Process Non-Rail (A3) • Unique ID ASCII • Ground Control Physical MP • Process Breaklines (A3) • Statistical QA • Test Cross-sections location • Ground Filter & Surface Clean • QA/QC from ROW (A3) ArcGIS and LiDAR • QA Check ROW boundary development .SHP ArcGIS • Convert to Shape Files Planimetric FME .SHP Feature .SHP • Export to Terramodel • QA Check Deliverable .SHP Terramodel .DGN • Create DTM Model from .DG Ground Model Project Ground and Breaklines. N • QA Check .PR Deliverable • Export DGN O CivilPak/ ASCII GeoPak TIN GeoPak .DGN & .SHP GeoPak .TIN .GPK 1 ft contours CREATE Data Process .DGN Workflow HNTB Deliverables METADATA IDOT Compliant DGN .XML Geopak TIN INROADS DTM .HTML Shapefiles FME Workspaces COGO (.GPK)
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  16. 16. CREATE Geodata -base Model Adapted from: American National Standard for Information Technology— Geographic Information Framework – Data Content Standards for Transportation Networks: Rail 17
  17. 17. FME WORKSPACE GDB to Microstation (IDOT compliant)
  18. 18. Data Conversion 19
  20. 20. CREATE Spatial Portal 21
  21. 21. GIS / Mapping and Data Support 22
  22. 22. GIS / Mapping and Data Support 23
  23. 23. CREATE Spatial Portal User can export data in current extent using SpatialDirect utility.
  24. 24. CREATE Spatial Portal User selects desired output format and coordinate system.
  25. 25. CREATE Spatial Portal User selects desired map layers to output.
  26. 26. CREATE Spatial Portal Transformed data is packaged and available for user to download as a zip file.
  27. 27. CREATE Spatial Portal Transformed data can they be used by other software programs such as ArcMap.
  28. 28. GIS / Mapping and Data Support FME Server 29
  29. 29. GIS / Mapping and Data Support Safe Software 30
  30. 30. Thank You! Jeff Siegel, AICP, GISP HNTB Corporation