Open Access to High Resolution Elevation Data for Transportation Planning in Rhode Island

Transportation planners and consultants in Rhode Island need ready access to accurate geospatial data to assist in the design and development of plans and bids for transportation-based construction projects. These same data are of prime importance in evaluating the potential impacts of climate change, including the vulnerability of existing transportation infrastructure to environmental hazards, storm surge, and sea level rise. Complete, accurate, and consistent high resolution elevation data are a key geospatial data theme used in these applications, yet these data remain largely inaccessible by transportation planners and design consultants due to unique file structures and large file sizes. The focus of the work will be to: (1) assemble, tile, and distribute products obtained from The Northeast Multiphase LiDAR Project; (2) organize and package the Northeast LiDAR data in a manner that streamlines Rhode Island Department of Transportation's (RIDOT) ability to update and export elevation products; and (3) conduct a pilot study testing the validity of refining these data to achieve the resolution needed for transportation planning activities.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $75531.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of Rhode Island Transportation Center

    University of Rhode Island
    75 Lower College Road
    Kingston, RI  United States  02881
  • Principal Investigators:

    August, Peter

  • Start Date: 20121101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20131231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35044

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489747
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University of Rhode Island Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: SPR-2(32)2337, S000175
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:00AM