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Streamlining Environmental and Planning Processes (NCRST-SEPP)

NCRST - SEPP: Results of May 2009 Memphis Workshop

A workshop was held to bring together NCRST-SEPP research team members along with the Advisory Panel, practitioners, and experts to consider research directions and results, to identify areas of greatest need for delivering practical results to community of users, to define areas of highest benefits of project results, and to refine methods of describing and delivering benefits to user communities and practitioners. This workshop was conducted May 6-8, 2009, in Memphis, TN. The meeting was well attended and highly productive. <List of Attendees>

Purpose: The purpose of the NCRST-SEPP workshop was to evaluate research tasks, activities, outcomes, and results of the NCRST-SEPP project, outline areas of greatest needs for the community of practitioners for corridor planning and environmental assessment processes, identify methods to highlight areas of highest benefit of the NCRST-SEPP project, review project outcomes and provide guidance for refining deliverables, and identify target opportunities to optimize the delivery of products to the user community.

Objectives: The objective of the workshop was to provide a forum that is ideal for engaging the research team, Adisory Panel, and colleagues to present the status of research project findings, engage community of practice experts in discussions of precedent projects/studies, conduct panel discussions and breakout sessions about community needs, how to address needs, highly relevant applications, and methods to optimize deliverables. The expected outcome of the workshop is a series of concise recommendations as to final steps to complete research tasks, develop final products that highlight results that address significant national needs, and identify optimal methods to deliver products to the community of users and practitioners.

Workshop Results: The agenda divided the workshop into segments that welcomed the participants, provided an overview of the research program from US DOT RITA and FHWA perspectives, provided project review presentations, provided opportunities for participants to present precedent studies, and engaged all participants in a series of panel discussions designed to elicit specific directions and recommendations. Presentations made during the workshop segments and a link to the results of pannel sessions are presented below:

Project Review: A series of brief presentations were given to provide attendees with understanding of NCRST-SEPP vital research directions and meaningful results.

NCRST-SEPP Project Technologies, Topics, and Activities

Streamlined Planning and Public Participation Activities - Context Sensitive Solutions & Economic Modeling

Environmental Feature Extraction in Support of Environmental Screening and the Corridor Planning Processes

Development of a Multi-Scale and Multi-Source Project Data Dictionary

MTRI Forested Wetland and Soil Moisture Application

Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) - Environmental Corridor Optimization and Planning ALignments (ECO-PAL Part 1)

Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) - Environmental Corridor Optimization and Planning ALignments (ECO-PAL Part 2)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Spatial Analysis and Visualization: Freight, Traffic, and Transportation System Aspects of the EIS

Precedent Studies: A series of brief presentations given by participants to deliver understanding of related precedent areas of related work, results, and community of practice resources.

Panel Discussions and Results: (Summary and Panel Sessions Download Page)

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