(From left) Commissioner Tom Sorel receives the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s Smart Solution Spotlight award from Scott Belcher, President and CEO of ITS America. Photo by Nick Carpenter
MnDOT receives national award for using innovative technology
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America presented MnDOT with the Smart Solution Spotlight award Oct. 7 for its use of smart technology to reduce traffic congestion and improve rural highway safety while saving Minnesota taxpayers money.
The Smart Solution Spotlight award recognizes innovative projects across the country that are using Intelligent Transportation Systems to manage the transportation network more efficiently while improving public safety, economic competitiveness and the environment.
”We are working hard in Minnesota to make our roadways safer and manage congestion as efficiently as possible, within certain financial constraints,” said Commissioner Tom Sorel. “ITS allows us to better use the existing road capacity. It allows us to provide safer, more reliable transportation in the context of what we already have.”
For more information on the award, click here.
iHUB search engine now powered by Google
Employees may have noticed that iHUB, MnDOT’s intranet, now uses the Google Search Appliance.
Every webpage on iHUB has the search box in the top right corner. Searches can now be performed faster with more relevant results. The interfaces of the new search page and advanced search page are simpler and more user-friendly for employees.
The Google Search Appliance will be implemented on MnDOT’s external website in November.
Employees with issues finding documents or websites using the new search engine can email MnDOT’s web team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Utility Agreements and Permits Unit moves to new Central Office location
Employees looking for the Office of Land Management’s Utility Agreements and Permits Unit can now find staff on the eighth floor on the southeast side of the Central Office building. The unit moved from the sixth floor of CO on Oct. 20.
Utility Agreements and Permits Unit staff are located in the area that previously housed the Project Coordination and Finance Unit, which has now relocated to eighth floor southwest.
Utility Agreements and Permits staff that relocated to eighth floor include:
- Marilyn Remer, Utility Agreements and Permits Unit supervisor
- Jim Zigman, Agreements
- Mollie Zauner, Agreements
- Sophia Wicklund, Agreements
- Ann Driver, Permits
- Ron Richards, Permits
- Sam Muench, Permits
- Stacy Kotch, Permits
- Angela Fabel, Permits
Employees with interoffice mail for Utility Agreements and Permits Unit staff should send to Mail Stop 678.
For more information, contact Linda Bergen, Office of Land Management, at 651-366-3501.
New Library Materials posted on Web
By Qin Tang
The September 2011 edition of New Library Materials is now available at www.dot.state.mn.us/library/newlibmat.html.
Several titles related to Microsoft 2000 are included in this issue. Employees who recently migrated to Microsoft 2010 and would like to learn more about the features of Outlook, Word or Excel, can look at the new resources.
Archived editions of New Library Materials are available at www.dot.state.mn.us/library/recacq-archive.html.
New Library Materials is a compilation of new titles and other resources added to the library collection during the previous month. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please contact Pam Gonzalez at 651-366-3749.
For other information requests, contact the library at 651-366-3791 or email email@example.com. Employees can also send requests via the “Ask a Librarian” web page at www.dot.state.mn.us/library/asklibrarian.html.