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MN.IT@DOT helps keep roads safe

January 14, 2015
When winter weather strikes our state, Minnesotans count on MnDOT to keep roads free of snow and ice. But how does MnDOT know where to concentrate its resources? That’s where the Business Intelligence (BI) division on the MN.IT @ DOT team comes in. The BI team brings together the people, processes and data, presenting important snow and ice data in usable formats (e.g., charts and graphs) that make the data more accessible, consistent and timely for the benefit of MnDOT knowledge workers and the citizens of Minnesota.

MnDOT collects snow and ice data through its accounting, timesheet and work order management systems. The MN.IT @ DOT BI Team leverages technology to collect and integrate large amounts of snow and ice data into easily read charts that provide improved insight for decision makers. These charts and graphs are dynamic, so they can be easily dissected and drilled for details.

MnDOT uses MN.IT @ DOT delivered BI and analytics to evaluate its usage of labor, equipment and materials during a snow event, considering both the geographical extent and duration of a storm. Using MN.IT @ DOT delivered BI and analytics data, the agency can assess performance measures such as how many hours it took to clear a road like Interstate 94. 

Technology touches every layer of state government, and BI and analytics are increasingly demanded and necessary to meet the growing business needs of our partners at MnDOT.  With more data available to decision makers every day, our partners at MnDOT know they can count on MN.IT to support the shared mission of serving the citizens of Minnesota by seeking efficient and effective ways to deliver services.