Business briefs - July 28

July 28, 2013


HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s modernized field data collection process recently received an international achievement award for its innovative use of geographic information system, or GIS, technology.

The Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award was presented at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego. It recognizes vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of technology.

PennDOT received the award for its use of technology to collect information on local roads and bridges, including location, condition and structure type. The mobile collection method allows better documentation of local roads and bridges in the department’s asset inventory systems.

PennDOT and its planning partners incorporated the mobile solution to replace the previous paper-based, time-consuming process. The technology allowed the department to have a streamlined process of data collection, data review and data distribution.

With the mobile technology, PennDOT reduced the time to collect information on a single local bridge structure from 20 minutes to six minutes. The software also supported collecting information on more than 30,000 segments of local roads and nearly 3,700 local bridges, replacing paper forms and manual data entry.

For more information about the 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, go to

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed eight new members in June and July, bringing the membership to 904.

New members are:

• Campbell Insurance & Investments, 1982 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg

• Carey on Photography, 166 S. Main St., Chambersburg

• Clutter Stoppers of Southcentral PA, 227 Carmack Drive, Chambersburg

• LIU 12 Adult Education Classes and Reading Room, 256 S. Main St., Chambersburg

• Phantom Shadow Entertainment, Shippensburg, Pa.

• Schneider Trucking, 280 Tower Road, Chambersburg

• USAG Carlisle Barracks Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Carlisle, Pa.

• WIPRO, Chambersburg

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