cTIP: coordinated Transportation Information Portal

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Driven by the need to add an easy-to-use, yet sophisticated map technology to common applications containing spatial data (i.e. parcels, highways, streets, and other geographic features) ITIS has developed the Coordinated Transportation Information Portal (cTIP).

cTIP is a unique product, designed to allow for configuration and integration between various applications and a GIS database. It is a highly flexible web-based tool that rapidly queries and references records in a variety of databases, tying these records to  relevant geographic features.

 

Typical Uses

During a highway project, state Department’s of Transportation (DOTs) acquire parcels, manage them and/or sell or relinquishes rights to them. This process results in a large collection of various documents and plans. For example, Encroachment permits are often issued after an approval of permit plans; Leases and rental contracts are executed. Each of these activities create a large volume of documents tied to a specific geographic location. The cTIP Solution allows a user to query the system for a specific point or an address; once the point has been located, it is displayed on an easy-to-read map interface, along with symbology identifying all documents associated with that location.

An additional example could include the use of cTIP to find all of the permit maps that relate to a nominated segment of highway, followed by a search for some or all documents related to that location. cTIP allows for a single segment of highway to be defined in a map window.

Similarly, records in any other application can be linked to a Geographic Information System (GIS) using cTIP. If the history of a parcel is tracked in a database and the records are updated to include coordinates (GIS link), the product can be configured to show map locations for each type of record with a GIS link.

 

Application Integration

cTIP was initially designed to allow for integration of GIS with electronic document management systems (EDMS) and for two-way connection and flexible access to a variety of external applications supporting the standards and protocols handled by cTIP.

Before cTIP integration can be implemented, all records must be properly geolocated and linked to a GIS. Depending on the availability of suitable data within the agency, this could be a relatively painless process, or may involve complex processes of migrating, cleaning and interpreting existing data sources.

cTIP is a highly customizeable solution that can be preconfigured to suit specific divisional needs. We understand the needs of the Safety Department are different from the Right-of-Way division, or from the Maintenance Department. cTIP supports the following Open Systems and Standards for GIS and Mapping:

  • Open GIS Consortium (OGC) Specifications
  • Web Mapping Service (WMS)
  • Web Feature Service (WFS)
  • Web Feature Service Transactional (WFS-T)
  • Geography Markup Language (GML)
  • SVG
  • OpenGIS GeoServer
  • Service Oriented Architecture and Programming (SOAP)
  • Web Services Definition Language (WSDL)