Washington County, Oregon looked to identify low-cost solutions to existing system locations using the available toolbox of ITS technologies. It then developed high-level designs and refined them by reviewing current staff operations in response to events. Of particular interest was how smaller projects could replace a single larger one, in the interest of remaining within the county's limited resources and funding.
The key lessons summarized by the report were as follows:
- Projects designed for full automation and functionality can be scalable and/or implemented in phases
- Coordinate with resources and gain input from stakeholders
- Obtain buy in from maintenance and operational personnel, as they can come up with ideas on how to do it better or less costly. Such employees also likely possess information that can make the project successful. The example given in the report concerned a floodgate system, and during the design process the county found that operational personnel were a good source of on-the-ground information such as identifying equipment and areas that would still be accessible in event of flood