Information Resources Exchange Group

Note: Coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. and a light lunch will be served following the meeting.

Commission Office
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For directions Call (215) 592-1800
Please Use Sixth Street Entrance


1. Call to Order and Introductions 



2. Drones for Planning, Monitoring and 3D: Current and Future

Presented by David Day, Executive Vice President, Keystone Aerial Survey. 2016 will be an historic year for the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or “drone”, industry as the final rules for small UAS will be released by the FAA in June.   Implementation will follow quickly as will the proliferation of legal, commercial drone flights.   It is important to consider what is possible in practical terms for survey, mapping and GIS.  This presentation will focus on what is, and will be, legally possible, the already documented uses of this new tool, accuracies of data products and possibilities for both near and short term.

3. Self-driving Cars, Land Use, and the Future(s) of Car Ownership

Presented by Erick Guerra, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania. Although technological, financial, and regulatory hurdles remain, fully autonomous vehicles will likely be driving themselves on city streets and highways in the next 20 years—well within a long-range planning horizon. Whether self-driving cars reduce harmful emissions or the amount of land, energy, money, and other resources consumed by the transportation system depends largely on whether they reduce car ownership and driving. Optimists envision a future where driverless cars lead to a revolution in shared urban mobility. Pessimists, by contrast, see vehicle automation as one more technology that makes driving more comfortable and convenient and thus increases the amount that people drive. In this scenario, most households will own one or more self-driving cars, send their vehicles to run errands, circle to avoid paying for parking, and treat travel as if it had zero or very low time costs. This presentation explores these two potential futures and discusses what planners might do today to encourage one outcome over the other.

Information Items

4. DVRPC Work Program Update


5. Member Roundtable

  • Recent Projects;
    Attendees are encouraged to share recent accomplishments and to discuss any ongoing projects that you or your agency is working on that is related to information gathering and sharing.
  • Recent Event Reports;
    Attendees are encouraged to provide a brief summary of any recent meeting or conference they attended.
  • Upcoming Events;
    Attendees are encouraged to announce any upcoming meeting or conference.

6. Adjournment and Lunch