TransCAD for the Web

TransCAD for the Web™ is a web mapping software package that is ideal for developing online transportation planning applications. TransCAD for the Web provides a framework for developing many types of online applications and services that require mapping and routing functions, including:

  • Vehicle routing with turn-by-turn directions
  • Public transportation information systems
  • Traffic network monitoring
  • Intersection and highway monitoring
  • Road network travel surveys
  • Data collection for travel demand modeling
  • Fleet management systems
  • Delivery and dispatching systems
  • "Find nearest" location services

TransCAD for the Web has all of the tools you need to create compelling and attractive maps, plus special capabilities for designing and running transportation planning applications on the Internet. You can quickly create simple applications, without programming, by assembling existing controls and linking them to any geographic data. Experienced programmers can create complex web applications and web services by accessing a rich set of .NET classes and modifying the source code for the existing templates.If your organization has specific requirements for a mapping web site, Caliper is available for developing a solution that includes TransCAD for the Web and a custom web application template. Contact us for additional information.

TransCAD for the Web includes the following:

  • A robust GIS platform that lets you create and edit attractive and informative maps
  • Menus and tools for easily transforming any map into a web mapping application
  • A development environment for creating, compiling, and testing ASP.NET web mapping applications; A separate application development environment is not required
  • New and revised Mapplications: ASP.NET templates for web forms, user controls and web services; The templates include the most common mapping functions: locating assets, geocoding, reverse geocoding, finding the nearest asset, drawing thematic maps and selecting data on the map
  • Complete source code and tutorials for all of the Mapplications
  • .NET classes with methods for drawing map images, selecting data by geographic location, and filling ADO.NET and XML datasets that can be displayed by any data bound web control (e.g., DataGrid, DataList, and Repeater).

With TransCAD for the Web, you can quickly add mapping capabilities to your web site by following a few steps:

  • Add your geographic data: TransCAD supports many input formats, including Excel, Access, SQL Server, Oracle, Esri Shapefiles, MapInfo tab files and many imagery file formats. You can geocode your data by street address, ZIP Code or City and State directly in the software.
  • Create a thematic map: TransCAD for the Web includes spatial analysis tools, wizards, and geographic boundary data you need to quickly and easily create thematic maps.
  • Choose a Mapplication: Use one of the included Mapplications (application templates) to create a complete web application or a web service. New templates include Ajax applications and overlays with Google maps.
  • Set the parameters: For each application component, choose how it will work and what geographic data it will use.
  • Test the application: Use a local web server to make sure all of the settings are right.
  • Publish the application: Copy the application to one or more servers running TransCAD for the Web so that anyone on the Internet can interact with your geographic data. When you want to modify the application, you can edit the application source code written in JavaScript, HTML and ASP.NET to add functionality to your application.

Who Benefits from TransCAD for the Web

TransCAD for the Web is robust enough to meet the specific needs of all types of users:

Map designers can use all of the capabilities of TransCAD to design maps that communicate. You have complete control over the display settings of map features. Choose the style of features, the scales at which they are visible, and how and when they are labeled. MapWizard® automatic mapping technology helps you create color and pattern maps, dot-density maps, scaled-symbol maps, and maps with integrated pie charts and bar charts.

Web site designers can incorporate TransCAD for the Web controls into other web pages. You can modify the HTML tags or modify the graphic elements to maintain a consistent design within your web site. Additionally, you can use web authoring tools to make adjustments to the layout and content of your application.

Application developers can extend the functions provided by TransCAD for the Web by programming custom web forms, user controls and web services in ASP.NET and XML. All of the powerful geographic and database functions of GISDK, the Caliper GIS Developer's Kit, can be included in a web application. You can develop your own templates and distribute them to map designers who can use them to quickly customize applications with different maps and different geographic layers. In addition TransCAD for the Web integrates with Visual Studio.NET.

GIS Software Development

Caliper offers TransCAD and GISDK training in classroom settings or on-site at your location. Our training can be customized to your needs and user group. Caliper also provides custom application and turnkey system development services, including web page creation. We specialize in designing, implementing, and integrating GIS applications for large enterprises and government organizations. We develop:

  • Enterprise web services and mashups
  • Web applications
  • Enterprise desktop applications
  • Geographic databases

We can host a web services for you or deliver a web services platform that you can host on your own servers.