I will be attending the 11th annual Transportation Asset Management conference next week in Minneapolis, MN, July 10 -12. The conference is organized by the Transportation Research Board and hosted by the Minnesota DOT. It also is supported by the FHWA, AASHTO and the private sector consulting firms.
With the federal mandate to shift from construction to asset preservation this conference is an important gathering to better understand where the opportunities are to assist the DOTs with this transition and of course to make those critical personal contacts.
Mobile lidar data collection is an enabling technology that will be front and center, but this is actually just a small part of the technology required and organizational change that will be taking place over the next 5 to 10 years in all of the DOTs. Much of this geospatial data management is also needed to support the Smart Cities programs.
On Sunday there are a number of workshops including a 3.5 hour return on investment and best practices session that should provide key insights on this critical issue. Sustainability is another key theme that can be seen in the program.
This is certain to be one of the key events of the year for mobile lidar and much more. Stay tuned for updates.