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VicRoads introduces state-of-the-art mapping application

VicRoad’s will introduce Connect Maps in December, VicRoads Spatial Project Manager Evan Quick says. Designed by Esri Australia, it will improve the road corporation’s management of programs and support its existing location intelligence infrastructure.
At the moment, Esri is nearing completion of the online solution, providing a common platform for spatial data capture, integration, presentation and management. It will also provide users with access to maps and spatial data to support the development and approval of VicRoads program of road maintenance works and network upgrades.

One year in the making, the application will be put in place on December 6 and will offer a more accurate system to collect, manage and use information to better support decision making across its broad transport remit.

As VicRoads manages an extensive asset inventory – including 52,871 road lane kilometres and 3140 bridges – it approached Esri Australia to provide a custom GIS solution that would deliver a user friendly interface to access the location based information already available. The new solution will enable staff access to a wide range of datasets from one central location, including new organisational wide base maps and project bid information.

“Connect Maps provides the extra layer needed to complement VicRoads’ existing location based data. It sits at the front end, providing staff with a view into planned activities on the road network,” says Neil Killick, Technical Lead of Esri Australia.

Evan Quick, VicRoads Spatial Project Manager on the Connect Project, commented, “The system provides different departments with a common picture of operations across the entire organisation. No longer are departments siloed in their set roles and they are able to work together more collaboratively.”

Connect Maps will initially have 500 users, and will be targeted towards staff involved in the bid management process. Long-term plans involve roll out of the solution across the entire organisation. “We are looking to expand the reach of Connect Maps to support other business processes throughout the organisation, such as asset management, traffic management and road crash analysis,” said Evan. “The new solution provides VicRoads with a highly effective system to increase efficiencies across the management of our road network.”

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