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Wyoming Department of Transportation geographic information system implementation project
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Wyoming Department of Transportation geographic information system implementation project
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    A geographic information system (GIS) was needed by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to complement existing information management procedures and leverage the spatial components of its data. WYDOT contracted with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI, to provide planning and implementation services aimed at establishing GIS technology within the department. The methodology consisted of three distinct but tightly integrated planning states: an initial plan that aligned GIS development with organizational goals and objectives, a conceptual plan that defined what the GIS was to accomplish, and a detailed plan that defined how the system would operate. The planning activities were followed by system deployment efforts that considered the acquisition, installation, construction, and integration of GIS hardware, software, data, applications, and organizational procedures. The design methodology offered the following strategic benefits for WYDOT: implementation was founded in a planning environment. Financial commitments to hardware, software, and data were deferred until system requirements were fully understood. The approach ensured that each GIS investment decision met well-defined needs and long-term organizational goals. Convenient stopping points, built into the methodlogy, enabled WYDOT staff to assess the feasibility of GIS development at various stages of the implementation. In this manner, WYDOT staff gained confidence in, and control of, their GIS development decisions. Active participation by WYDOT staff resulted in an internal GIS knowledge base that serves to reduce their reliance on outside consultants and enable them to effectively direct future GIS investment. Working together, WYDOT and ESRI delivered an operational GIS on time and within budget.

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