On December 4, 2013, ITS Minnesota hosted a luncheon for members that featured the discussion topic of "Weather and ITS". Steve Cook from the Michigan DOT spoke about the national direction of MAP-21 and the Roadway Weather Management Program, while Jeremy Duensing and Shawn Truelson from Schneider Electric spoke about how their DOT clients utilize predictive weather and pavement forecasts to proactively approach their transportation management responsibilities.
Steve Cook from the Michigan DOT presented first to ITS Minnesota members on the topic of MAP-21 and the Roadway Weather Management Program, as well as efforts that the Michigan DOT is making with respect to the use of ITS technology during inclement weather events. At the national level, Steve Cook spoke about how MAP-21 legislation will include performance management goals related to pavement and weather conditions. Steve also spoke about current MDOT efforts on sharing more real-time data among multiple departments and vehicles in real-time to improve the response to inclement weather events throughout the state.
Jeremy Duensing and Shawn Truelson from Schneider Electric then presented on how transportation departments are beginning to utilize predictive weather and pavement forecasts to proactively approach their transportation management responsibilities. Examples of past extreme weather events were discussed, such as the snow and ice storm that occurred during the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, TX. Jeremy and Shawn also illustrated how solutions from Schneider Electric -- Total View and MxVision WeatherSentry -- have allowed transportation agencies to monitor in real-time their response to weather events through the usage of salt, sand, and other chemicals applied to roadways. Additional information on these and other weather decision support solutions can be found at: http://www.schneider-electric.com/products/ww/en/5100-software/?BUSINESS=9
The luncheon was well attended by members of ITS Minnesota despite a snowfall that made travel difficult during the morning commute. Thanks very much to all that attended the event.