It has been only a couple of years since Kansas Dept. of Transportation (KDOT) engineers began using online storage for plans and project files. Washington state DOT just last year launched a website that publicly displays its projects' status and data. Until recently, the Iowa Dept. of Transportation did not have tools such as Spatial Network's Fulcrum, a field data collection tool.
That pace is expanding. Federal MAP-21 guidelines say state transportation agencies must demonstrate examples of innovative technology and upgrade their asset management systems—or risk losing some of their funding.