GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications

Introduction & Learning Outcomes


What will we learn?

By the end of Lesson 6, you should be able to:

  • use ArcMap’s Linear Referencing Tools to construct routes from roadway centerline features;
  • calibrate the measures along a route based on actual measures made in the field;
  • describe the purpose and characteristics of a Straight Line Diagram (SLD);
  • create an SLD given event data along a route;
  • discuss the key functions of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO);
  • discuss some emerging technologies in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and the objectives and features of traveler information systems;


Lesson 6 will take 1 week to complete. Please refer to Canvas for specific timeframes, submission instructions, and due dates.

To finish this lesson, you must complete the assignments listed below. The details for each assignment are provided in the referenced section and in Canvas.

Lesson 6 Assignments
Assignment No. Assignment Description Section Grade Component / Points
6-1 Complete a tutorial on using ESRI’s Linear Referencing Toolbox. 6.1 Lesson Topic / 25
6-2 Create a Straight Line Diagram (SLD) from event data. 6.1 Lesson Topic / 10
6-3 Explore AASHTO and summarize one of their areas of activity. 6.2 Transportation Organizations / 15
6-4 Participate in this week’s webinar and submit a summary of what you learned from the 1st speaker. 6.4 Guest Webinar / 15
6-5 Participate in this week’s webinar and submit a summary of what you learned from the 2nd speaker. 6.4 Guest Webinar / 15
6-6 Review the background material for next week’s webinar and respond to some questions. 6.5 Guest Webinar / 10