GIS AT THE MINISTRY OF WORKS AND TRANSPORT
GIS benefits organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry.
The Ministry of Works and Transport in Trinidad and Tobago has been moving forward with the tide of technology with the recent incorporation of geographic information systems (GIS) into its operations – it is envisioned that GIS will help to enhance planning and decision making, overall service delivery and act as a core element of the Ministry’s communication strategy, moving forward.
Commonly known as a powerful mapping tool and the go-to technology for making better decisions about location, (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends.
"GIS is becoming essential to understanding what is happening and what will happen in geographic space. Once we understand, we can prescribe action. This new approach to management—managing geographically—is transforming the way organizations operate."
~ Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
Fundamentally, GIS helps improve and transform the way we communicate and connect to our stakeholders, customers and citizens, by providing the means to sharing information in a more visually appealing and interactive manner. GIS-based maps and visualizations greatly assist in situational awareness and story-telling. They are a new language that enriches communication between different entities - teams, departments, disciplines, professional fields, organizations and the public.
Newer developments such as story-maps Esri enable users to tell digital stories harnessing the power of geography, maps & GIS. To kick off its foray into the GIS arena, the MOWT recently developed two web-based GIS Story Maps namely, 1. An Interactive Projects Map and 2. A Coastal Erosion Story Map
The Ministry of Works and Transport - Interactive Projects Map is comprised of an interface with a series of maps designed to provide information about the projects being undertaken by the different Divisions and Units of the Ministry. The map gives an idea of the visual distribution of various projects, initiatives and activities and offers available details on each item shown. This map will periodically be updated as more information becomes available
The Coastal Erosion Story-Map is the brainchild of the Coastal Protection Unit (CPU), created and designed to highlight the issue of coastal erosion on the island. The Coastal Erosion Story Map is an essential part of the CPU’s communication strategy to share information on a thematic issue to stakeholders and public, using a more interactive, visually appealing and immersive approach. The Story-Map seeks to create awareness about the coastal zone, highlight the most notable instances of coastal erosion happening around Trinidad’s coastline, including at some of our well known and most loved beaches and some of the actions being taken to address the problem.