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Web Application Receives Top State Transportation Award

Larimer County government, the Road Information Locator (RIL) application received the 1st place award in the Savvy Web Application competition at the 25th Annual AASHTO* GIS-T (Geographic Information System for Transportation) Symposium in Loveland, Colorado in April. RIL was selected by a panel of peer judges from a field of 12 web based transportation GIS applications submitted by transportation agencies across the US.

RIL is a web based application that brings information about the County's road system to the desktop of all Larimer County employees. The application displays information such as road ownership, road maintenance responsibility, and traffic county and roadway condition through colored displays. The application also provides the ability to access detailed information such as traffic counts, roadway maintenance responsibility, material, or condition by clicking on an item on the display. Additionally, RIL delivers tools for measurement, data selection and printing annotated maps.

"The development of RIL has allowed Larimer County to incorporate information about the Larimer County Road Network with aerial images, parcel information and other enterprise GIS data. It has changed the way employees at Larimer County go about doing their job on a daily basis. No longer does the staff member have to be an expert in their chosen discipline and the use of asset management and GIS software. RIL provides them with an easy to use interface to access the information necessary for them to do their jobs on a daily basis" - Drew Davis, Project Sponsor

The application was developed using the talents of staff from the Public Works Division and the GIS Department and leveraged currently owned software, existing GIS and asset data, and established processes to deliver information to the desktop of users. The Larimer County team that developed RIL includes: Drew Davis, Christine Day, Brian Fraaken, Jeff Rulli, Royce Simpson, and Ali Whitcomb.

The GIS-T Symposium offers individuals in government and private industry from across the world, who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes a venue to get together and share knowledge, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field. The 2012 Conference was held in Loveland, Colorado in April and co-hosted by Larimer County and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

* AASHTO - American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials