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March Technical Lunch Meeting


What:  Moving VDOT technology into the 21st Century through the Geospatial Section of Location and Design

Presenter:  Michelle E. Fults, GISP; VDOT L&D Geospatial GIS Manager

When: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Time: Lunch is served at 11:45AM

Networking from 11:30AM – 12:00PM

Presentation begins at 12:00PM

Where: Westwood Club;

  6200 W Club Ln, Richmond, VA 23226

Registration Price:  $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Note the price will increase to $30 for both members and non-members at COB Thursday, March 14th.

PDH: 1 Credit


Over the last couple of years the MS4 section of Location and Design has been engaged in spatially locating required data and pushing the envelope with using ArcGIS Online mobile technology to do field work. Recently, mobile technology (ArcGIS Collector) and web map applications with survey forms (Survey123) were used to collect and manage data. In July, the new Geospatial section was formed, which expands this ability to all areas of Location and Design at VDOT and not just the MS4 section. This presentation will discuss what ArcGIS is, applications in other disciplines (Traffic Engineering Design, Environmental, CADD support), current projects where VDOT is using this technology, and where the Location and Design division will be heading in the future. Example projects include stormwater inspections, NPDES inspections, and nutrient credit tracking.


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Presenter: Michelle E. Fults

Ms. Fults has been with VDOT for over 2 years as a GIS Analyst and currently as the Geospatial GIS Section Manager. Overall she has 29 years of experience in GIS working with State and Local Government and private industry with concentrations in environmental planning, water quality, transportation and GIS development. Her GIS project experiences includes work on water quality assessment report (305(b)), Regional Planning, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) systems, Stormwater Management (SWM) basins, pavement assets management, model building, mapping, database development, database analysis, ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Online mobile applications and web map applications. She was also an adjunct instructor at two different community colleges teaching Geology and ArcGIS.



On March 19, Michelle Fults presented on Moving VDOT technology into the 21st Century through the Geospatial Section of Location and Design.  This presentation covered a detailed explanation of ArcGIS including the applications in other disciplines (Traffic Engineering Design, Environmental, CADD support).  Michelle also provided examples of current VDOT projects using this technology, including the MS4 program mapping target outfall locations in Census Urban Areas.  She also demonstrated an example dashboard for the program, which could easily identify the number of basins inspected for the year and the status of those basins, all with an interactive map.  At the end of the presentation she pulled up a current database to demonstrate all the geospatially collected information.  This enlightening presentation provided an excited glimpse into the future of technology at VDOT, thanks Michelle!