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Thursday, August 8 • 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Modernizing the NEPA Process: A Virtual GIS-Based Platform

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McCormick Taylor supported the Maryland Department of Transportation - Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT-MTA) with the development of two web applications to help modernize their NEPA process for the Baltimore–Washington Superconducting Maglev Project.

The first web application was an interactive GIS mapping application integrated into the project’s website which allows the public to view project data, leave comments spatially by dropping a pin on the map, and vote on preferred alignments. The GIS mapping application also has an administrative portal which allows MDOT-MTA staff the ability to track and review comments, view preferred alignment voting, visualize comment responses as heat map visualizations, and import comments from phone calls, e-mails, letters, and handwritten comment forms. The application was built using a suite of open source libraries such as Leaflet and GeoServer.

The second web application is a document management system (DMS) application designed to facilitate agency review of Maglev Project NEPA documents. The DMS application allows MDOT-MTA staff to upload PDF documents, assign document commenting periods, distribute the document to agency reviewers, view usage statistics, and compile comments and responses into a document errata. The DMS application provides a collaborative document review environment where agency reviewers are able to see comments submitted by other agencies during the review process. The application was built using the React JavaScript library and node.js JavaScript run-time environment.

We will delve into the process of creating these web applications, explore the functionality the applications provide, and discuss lessons learned.


April Dunn

GIS Techniciain, Baltimore County Department of Public Works


Dawn Blanchard

Manager, GIS Services, McCormick Taylor
Ms. Blanchard joined McCormick Taylor's GIS Team as a GIS Analyst in May 2015. With over 17 years of experience in her field, Ms. Blanchard has mastered a wide array of GIS software and development tools. She has an extensive background in database design and management coupled with... Read More →

Joe Knieriem

Manager, GIS Services, McCormick Taylor
Mr. Knieriem has been with McCormick Taylor since 2005. With a background in computer science and 14 years of experience as a GIS analyst and developer, he has helped to develop and design custom analysis models and databases, as well as provide GIS support to transportation planners... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Government, Planning