US State Police Choose TatukGIS for Traffic Crash Mapping System

The Michigan State Police (MSP) – Traffic Crash Reporting Unit (TCRU) used the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (.NET edition) to develop its Traffic Crash Mapping System (TCMS). 

The Developer Kernel SDK is used to incorporate a map viewer tool within the TCMS application that ties Michigan’s county map shape files to crash location data associated with hundreds of thousands of crash reports processed annually. The mapping tool allows a visual presentation of roadway information and features, such as type of the primary and intersections streets, distance, direction, National Functional Classification, route signing, highway class, etc.

TCRU is responsible for the complete, accurate, and timely collection, processing, and compilation of State of Michigan’s traffic crash data. 

Crash reports are provided by over 600 law enforcement agencies, employing 20,000 law enforcement officers, which annually submit approximately 300,000 crash reports using a form known as the UD-10. This data is stored, analyzed, and validated on the Traffic Crash Reporting System (TCRS) database. 

The system has enabled Michigan to realize a 99.5% crash data location success rate. Crash location information is vital to the State of Michigan’s infrastructure management, safety programs, planning, and targeted law enforcement efforts. TCRS data is shared with federal and state traffic safety partners for use in maximizing decision making when traffic safety initiatives are being considered. TCRU makes crash reports available to the general public via a TCRU web site that allows an involved party or an insurance agent to purchase a crash report for a modest fee.

Manager of the TCRU Sydney Smith says “Michigan uses TatukGIS functionality to successfully locate 99.5% of our crash data. The mapping capabilities are easy to use by unit personnel which allows us to locate crashes more timely and accurately.”

The TCRU also oversees the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database for Michigan, in coordination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which is the national central repository for all FARS data.

More about Michigan Traffic Crash Reporting is available from the Michigan State Police web site.

TCMS viewer (developed from TatukGIS DK) displaying roads, cities, townships, villages,
and waterways from a shape file.

Roadway information displayed when using Identify feature and clicking on a segment of road. 

Crash location is determined with a click on a road segment using the Pin feature. Location
information is provided from the shape files, such as, primary street, distance, direction from
the intersecting street, Michigan Geographical Framework (MGF) PR/MP and intersection ID
info, as well as, longitude and latitude.

Over 100 School Districts in Michigan and Ohio Use TatukGIS-based School District Administrative Planning Solution

Wayne County (Michigan) Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) has developed the Polyplot© Mapping System, a client server application for school district administrative planning implemented in over 100 school districts throughout Michigan and Ohio.

Polyplot is a unique, powerful tool designed for school districts to analyze student information interactively and graphically on a computerized map. RESA developed the Polyplot Mapping System using the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (for VCL edition) with the Embarcadero Delphi development platform.

Polyplot provides a broad range of formats for displaying school district information. The transportation office can develop and maintain complete, detailed route schedule information. For school district administrative planning, Polyplot can be used in building/classroom utilization studies, boundary analysis, voting precinct information or any other map-oriented study. Program features include:
  •     Multiple day-of-week routing
  •     Student daily schedule
  •     Track students on shuttle/transfer stops
  •     Comprehensive student selection criteria including school, grade, ethnic code, busing eligibility
  •     A wide variety of graphic display formats
  •     Route schedule time graph analysis
  •     Detail route/run/bus stop development tools
  •     Distance measurement
  •     Flexible map presentation—any map view can be shown from 50 feet to 50 miles
  •     Satellite image overlay
  •     Ability to build and store customized boundaries or "polygons"
  •     Comprehensive polygon tools such as union, intersection, inside/outside processing
  •     Complete reporting facility
  •     Dynamic find feature
Polyplot developer Larry Wall explains: "We originally drew all of our map points and symbols ourselves in a canvas layer and had various procedures to handle map drawing. After switching to TatukGIS Developer Kernel (DK) VCL object, the time we saved in not keeping up with all the map functionality design has proven invaluable. The DK component really let's you design your map the way you want. It has been enhanced over the years and continues to provide new functionality. We would not have some of the functionality if we were still doing all the map coding ourselves. If you need to work with a map for your clients or projects, the TatukGIS DK is the way to go. We spent much time researching ArcGIS and other products. The TatukGIS DK gave us the most bang for our buck, especially for designing within the Delphi environment. We now look forward to using the upcoming DK for FireMonkey edition to develop a mobile app for our clients in the near future."
Polyplot offers rich graphical display possibilities for school district data.
 The RESA Administrative Technologies division serves 72 school districts, public school academies and other intermediate districts throughout the State of Michigan that are members of the Wayne RESA Computer Consortium.
Graphic representation of a school bus pickup/delivery schedule.