About the research
The Iowa Crash Analysis Tool (ICAT) provides a platform for users to access, query, and summarize crash data for the State of Iowa. ICAT provides considerable resources to query and download crash data but is somewhat limited in its’ ability to visually display person-level attributes and the interaction of different attributes. Through this project, InTrans will support the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in the development of interactive dashboards that can be used within ICAT, allowing users to visualize selected summary statistics of crashes. This project will require significant coordination with the Iowa DOT, along with the vendor supporting ICAT (Great Arc), particularly in the areas of connecting to the data used within ICAT to provide an interactive experience with end users. InTrans researchers will use their experience in developing other crash dashboards and coordinate with the Iowa DOT’s Traffic and Safety Bureau on the dashboard layout, style, and integration within ICAT. The dashboards will connect to an Iowa DOT crash database format that is currently under development within the DOT; therefore, initial dashboard creation may require establishing a database similar to the anticipated format and structure. Ultimately, this project will yield an integrated dashboard interface within ICAT, expanding ICAT’s existing functionality, application, and user experience.