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#workforuswednesday for March 2

Another week, another round of #WorkForUsWednesday. This week, there are NEW positions available at UDOT HQ (the Complex), Northern Utah (Region One), and Southern Utah (Region Four). They include an internship, transportation tech, right of way, and GRAMA coordinator positions.

Of course, there are more positions available from last week that you should check out. You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

Juniper Canyon Bridge

Recruitment #7869 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 Colton
Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/13/2016
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.Recruitment #7879 – GIS Intern, R-1 Ogden

Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/08/2016
The intern will work directly with UDOTs GIS team on a variety of GIS related projects throughout the department.Recruitment #7592 – Statewide Permits Officer, Complex – Right of Way

Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/10/2016
The Statewide Permits Officer reports to the Outdoor Advertising Control Program Manager in the Central Right-of-Way Division and is responsible for aiding in the development of statewide policies, processes, and manuals in relation to outdoor advertising control.Recruitment #07915 – Legal Assistant I (Paralegal), Complex – Risk Management

Opens 3/2/16, Closes 3/9/16
The successful applicant will be responsible to respond to all Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) requests.  This position performs limited legal assistant tasks with constant review and supervision by the Risk Manager.Construction Technician IV (Office), R-4 Price

Opens 2/29/16. Closes 3/9/16

This construction technician is responsible for providing adequate levels of office documentation for multiple construction projects running concurrently. To accomplish this task, the individual will be responsible for:

  • managing the correspondence and paperwork of current projects
  • organizing all the documentation and preparing projects for final review and approval (close-out).

Extensive prior experience on construction projects is required for this position in order to possess the skills necessary to effectively manage projects.

#WorkForUsWednesday for 2/17/2016

We’re a little behind on #WorkForUsWednesday, so here’s two weeks worth of jobs in every region in Utah, and in a variety of fields.

You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

Remember, some of last week’s jobs might still be open, so it’s best to check to see if there’s still the position right for you. Happy applying!

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Recruitment #07474 – Survey Technician IV (Engineering Technician IV), R-4 Richfield
Opens 02/3/2016, Closes 02/17/2016
The Survey Technician works under the direction of a Registered Land Surveyor. The purpose of this position is to perform various surveying support duties

Recruitment #07560 – Rotational Engineer (Engineer II), Multiple Locations (Ogden, Salt Lake, Orem, & Richfield)
Opens 2/8/16, Closes 3/3/16
This is an entry-level job, which requires close supervision and limited engineering experience while performing engineering related tasks. Incumbents exercise limited judgment and all assignments are screened for difficult or unusual circumstances. Engineering functions may include design, materials, hydraulics, planning, right-of-way, structures, traffic, transportation, field office, location, construction, natural resources and environmental activities.

Recruitment #07260 – ROW Property Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Right of Way
Opens 2/10/16, Closes 2/24/16
This position is responsible for the oversight and development of the Right of Way (ROW) Property Program.  The successful applicant will make recommendations to the Director of Right of Way concerning the accuracy and completion of Right of Way documents relative to the transfer of property to be acquired or disposed of by UDOT.

Recruitment #07720 – Right of Way Accountant (Financial Analyst III), Complex – Comptroller’s Office
Opens 2/11/16, Closes 2/18/16
This is a senior level job which may also be used as a supervisory position. A thorough knowledge of pertinent policies and procedures is required to manage a financial segment of a high volume, complex agency. This job requires advanced skill in utilizing and interfacing computerized financial systems as well as an understanding of system behavior related to unusual or specific circumstances.

Recruitment #07717 – Active Transportation Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Planning
Opens 2/12/16, Closes 2/22/16
Under the guidance of UDOT Planning and the UDOT TravelWise program,  the main focus of this position is to support the UDOT Regions and work closely with our transportation partners, MPO’s, UTA, and local governments.

Recruitment #07731 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Specialist II), Peerless, UT
Opens 2/16/16, Closes 2/23/16
Incumbent will check required credentials including MCS-150 applications, CDL, medical card, and Unified Carrier Registration, check vehicle and load documentation including registrations, Driver Vehicle Examination reports, and required fuel and load permits.

Recruitment #07689 – Transportation Technician II, Sevier County
Opens 2/16/16, Closes 3/01/16
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.

Formidable Phragmites

UDOT Region One is using a GIS app to help control an invasive weed that makes Utah wetlands inhospitable to native plants and waterfowl.

When phragmites get a foothold, it crowds out native plants like cattail, bulrush, and saltgrass – native species that provide food sources and cover for birds. Randy Berger, Wetland Manager with Utah Department of Natural Resources doesn’t have a single good thing to say about the weed. Berger manages wetland areas in northern Utah.

Phragmites in Northern Utah

Phragmites in Northern Utah. Photo by Lindsey Durtschi

UDOT manages the area beyond the pavement within the right-of-way, which involves regular mowing and getting rid of invasive weeds, including phragmites. UDOT Region One Area Supervisor Kelly Andrew, along with maintenance crews, has been using a GIS app that tracks the location of phragmites. He and Berger have been working together to fight weeds for years.

Andrew needed a way to keep track of the location of big patches of phragmites. Getting rid of the stuff is a three-year endeavor, and locating, spraying and tracking the spread of phragmites is time consuming. The new weed spraying app, in its second year of use, has made UDOT’s weed abatement effort more effective and efficient.

Kelly Andrew of Region One

UDOT Region One area supervisor Kelly Andrew

The app was developed by Seth Anderson of AECOM. He modified the ArcGIS collector app to create the easy-to-use tool. The app works on a smartphone or a tablet. Users simply choose the weed on a pick list, add comments, and create a point on an online map.

“The app automatically stores the date and username when the point is created,” says Anderson. “The Collector app allows for collecting and editing points even when the device does not have a data connection, too.  He just has to sync the data when he gets back to his office and has Wi-Fi connection.” Andrew introduced the app to Berger, who is now using the app to track phragmites treatment areas.

GIS mapping apps are a simple and effective way to collect and track and store data. Andrew recommends others at UDOT consider using an app. “If you think you have a problem that can be solved with a GIS tool, don’t hesitate to ask.”

Weed Sprayer Rig

For more information, contact the GIS team at udotgis@utah.gov

For more posts about putting GIS to work, see the following links:

Getting it Right

GIS Apps to Improve Safety

GIS at work: GETTING IT RIGHT

A new GIS tool for retrieving right-of-way information is saving time and funding for UDOT.

Photo of GIS street view with colored line showing right of way data.Some of the UDOT Right of Way Division’s responsibilities include acquiring property for the expansion of the transportation system and regulating access to roadways by issuing permits. These important functions involve interaction with property owners and developers who need to know the location of a property line or the type of access granted on a roadway. Sometimes UDOT employees need answers about UDOT-owned property as well.

UDOT ROW employees respond to hundreds of complex inquiries each year. Getting answers used to be very time consuming, according to Randy Smith, UDOT Region Two Right of Way Manager. “It took about twelve hours per each request and up to 3 days to answer each question,” says Smith, because several data bases needed to be thoroughly searched.

Smith worked with UDOT Central Right of Way, UDOT Central GIS, and a team to develop a GIS tool as part of his course work for the Utah Certified Public Manager program offered to state employees.

Searching more easily

Much of the ROW data UDOT maintains is in ProjectWise, an online document storage system. Smith’s team built links that connects the map to ProjectWise documents. “The Arc Map has hyperlinks to ProjectWise and the original source data,” says Smith. Now finding answers takes minutes as opposed to hours or even days.

Called the Right of Way GIS Tool, the new process offers many advantages. It’s a “once-and-done” solution explains Smith, since inquiries are kept in the system to eliminate duplication of effort.

Smith’s team performed a cost-benefit on the system that’s quite impressive. Paying an employee to respond to an inquiry was determined to be $550 per request. UDOT Region Right of Way Two alone gets an average of 350 requests a year. The savings offered by the tool is a whopping $160,000 each year. “It’s an opportunity cost savings,” explains Smith, since employees are now freed up to work, to problem solve or improve processes.

Table showing annual savings of $161,358.75

Future benefits

The tool is only available to UDOT right now, but a tool for the public will be released in the near future. Smith suspects that the volume of questions may go down once people can find information on their own.

Other groups with information stored in ProjectWise may benefit as well. “While we developed this tool specific to right-of-way, we found that the environment is applicable to other disciplines,” Smith says.

For more stories about GIS Tools, see:

UDOT Receives National Award

Consider a Map

Pavement Marking Check-Up

Visit the UDOT Data Portal, a one stop shop for maps, apps and data.

Show Me a Sign

The new Outdoor Advertising Control Map is improving government transparency and boosting efficiency at UDOT.

Photo of a billboard on I-15 in Weber CountyThe outdoor advertising industry, UDOT Project Managers and UDOT Permit Officers represent three of the groups that are benefitting from a new online map that shows geospatial locations of billboards along interstate routes.

State governments enforce federal rules regulating billboards on some routes. Back in the 1960s, Ladybird Johnson took an interest in highway beatification and worked with congress to pass laws limiting the proliferation of billboards on freeways.

UDOT has a codified agreement with the federal government that determines how billboards are treated on federally-funded primary routes, the National Highway System and Scenic Byways. The agreement, passed in 1968, established the UDOT Outdoor Advertising Control System.

Not controlling billboards would mean UDOT’s share of federal money for roads would be reduced by tens of millions of dollars each year.

From days to minutes

Until recently, finding out when the exact location of a billboard could take a day or longer. Depending on the information needed, state employees would sometimes have to check up to three separate documents or drive to a billboard location, which could be hundreds of miles away.

Now, new GIS tools mean it’s possible to put information about billboards in the hands of anyone with online access. See the map by visiting the UDOT’s Outdoor Advertising Control Program web page or UPlan, UDOT’s Map Center.

By using the map, a few mouse clicks can produce an image of the billboard and get information about federal rules that apply – like proximity to the closest billboard. “It’s the first time we’ve been able to see billboards online in real-time and connected to our inventory control system,” says Rod McDaniels, Outdoor Advertising Control Program Manager, who worked with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to re-design the way UDOT regulates outdoor advertising signs.

Getting it together

Gathering and organizing the information involved identifying known sign locations and filling in information gaps where needed, conceptualizing and building an efficient system to regulate billboards, and building a user-friendly online, interactive map. During the process, over 5 hundred geospatial points referencing signs were updated.

Saving time and funding dollars

Putting the map online has reduced the workload for UDOT employees, which conserves funding. Formal requests for information from the public have been reduced since people in the sign industry can easily find the needed information.

Feedback from the outdoor sign industry has been positive. “It brings us into the twenty-first century,” says Krissy Plett, Statewide Permits Officer for UDOT. “Now they don’t have to send someone out to view a sign” since users can take a virtual trip to a billboard using the map.

The map helps expedite project delivery too. UDOT project managers and maintenance workers can now easily see the exact location of signs that may be impacted by road work.

Links:

See the map, a PDF tutorial, and find information about state and federal laws and rules here.

See more maps or make your own map by visiting UPlan.

Interested in government transparency? See the UDOT Projects website to get information about past, current and future UDOT projects.