Applying Big Data to Small Projects
You'll learn about:
How to use big data to both diagnose mobility problems and gather evidence that justifies implementing small, but impactful, policies and projects
How to make big data “small” and actionable by transforming it into specific metrics that are useful in the planning process
Best practices for coordination across academia, consultancies, agencies, and private sector corporations that are broadly applicable to the planning community beyond transportation
One of the greatest obstacles to effective planning has been a lack of knowledge about how people move around at a local scale. Big data from mobile devices can be a powerful tool for transportation planners who don’t have the resources for intensive travel studies. Yet the industry needs a blueprint for integrating this new type of information into their time-tested planning processes.
This session highlights projects in California and Virginia to show how to gather and deploy big data. Learn how key project players collaborated to transform archival data from mobile devices into useful metrics, used those metrics to diagnose transportation challenges, and finally evaluated and planned solution-oriented projects with community engagement and support. And gain a deeper understanding of how big data can help you identify relatively small multimodal projects that can add great benefit, given new knowledge about people’s travel patterns.
, State Smart Transportation Initiative
Confirmed SpeakerChris McCahill, PhD, is a Senior Associate at the State Smart Transportation Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chris earned degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Connecticut, where he worked for six years as a researcher at the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems and a civil engineering course instructor. Prior to joining SSTI, he led research and training programs for the Project for Transportation Reform at the Congress for the New Urbanism in Chicago. Chris has worked on multimodal transportation projects around the country and written extensively on issues relating to urban transportation, land use, the built environment, and parking policy for academic journals and news media.
, Lincoln Institute of Land Poli
Confirmed SpeakerAmy joined the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, based in Cambridge MA, in November 2015 in the new position of Manager of Urban Development Programs. Amy works with partners across the country to help the Institute advance its goals, particularly as they relate to climate change, sustainable communities, and social equity. Previously, Amy spent thirteen years with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston MA. There, she directed the scenario-driven process to develop MetroFuture, the region’s plan for smart growth development and preservation, and was Director of Strategic Initiatives, responsible for innovation and strategy to implement MetroFuture.
, New York
, StreetLight Data
, San Francisco