Validating Commercial Remote Sensing and Spatial Information (CRS&SI) Technologies for Streamlining Environmental and Planning Processes in Transportation Projects (New - Final Report Document, Summary, and Briefing)
Introduction: In a study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), new and innovative approaches to streamlining environmental and planning processes (SEPP) for transportation corridors will be demonstrated by the application of commercial remote sensing data and spatial information technologies. Partner research institutions led by Mississippi State University including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Michigan Tech Research Institute shall collaborate with partner DOT agencies to compare and quantify benefits of new and innovative approaches versus traditional methods for completing tasks in the EIS process. (Download the NCRST-SEPP Flowchart Diagram)
Purpose: The NCRST-SEPP will conduct research in transportation corridor planning and related EIS processes aimed at validating new and innovative uses of CRS&SI technologies for delivering streamlining benefits to on-the-ground transportation projects. Validation will be accomplished by comparing results of new methods to results that have been achieved by traditional EIS approaches. NCRST-SEPP research will be designed to demonstrate the application of CRS&SI technologies in specific environmental and planning tasks and activities, validating the use of those technologies by conducting rigorous comparison to traditional methods. Research tasks will be conducted by a consortium of research and agency partners. Research directions will focus on transportation project tasks and activities for delivering oucomes of national significance as ensured by the participation and guidance of an FHWA and RITA organized Advisory Panel (AP) that comprises local and national representatives with competencies that span both technical and policy aspects of transportation project development processes.
NCRST-SEPP Project 1: A completed EIS for a planned segment of I-69 that traverses Memphis, TN, and Northwest Mississippi serves as the research test bed to quantify benefits delivered by the technology deployment project. Results of new and innovative environmental analysis methods that employ CRS&SI technologies will be compared to results delivered by tradional methods employed in EIS projects. Results and outcomes that offer nationally significant benefits in time, cost, and quality of results will be highlighted in project deliverables. In addition, the project also addresses Hurricane Katrina lessons learnedto derive nationally significant motivations toward enhanced geospatial preparedness for application to transportation planning practices (Download Project Overview).