Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) & Data Management

About GIS

Geospatial technologies include GIS (Geospatial Information Systems/Science/Technology), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and Remote Sensing. Geospatial data analysis, modeling, and simulations are just a few of the countless capabilities of GIS.

Geospatial data has a geographic or locational component. A geospatial information system is a framework made up of hardware, software, and skilled professionals. It can be used for gathering, managing, and analyzing geospatial data.

Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of raster and vector data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. ​ This science and technology provides deeper insights into data, such as environmental and cultural constraints, improves communication with other agencies and citizens, and contributes to countless situations—helping the Department make more informed, efficient decisions in the transportation planning process.